Gaye Burpee, CRS

Gaye Burpee is Catholic Relief Services’ Senior Advisor on Climate Change and Rural Livelihoods for Latin America and the Caribbean. She oversees the region’s work at the nexus of climate change, rural livelihoods and natural resources.  She also served as senior technical advisor for agriculture/environment and deputy regional director for Latin America programs. She designed programs that reduce vulnerability to natural disaster via strengthened ecosystems in South Asia and co-authored an IIED publication for development practitioners that blends agriculture, natural resources and microfinance for rural economic growth. 

Previous positions include work as a soil scientist for the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) for hillsides agriculture, research associate at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, director of a household economic survey in Grenada and Peace Corps service in the West Indies. Dr. Burpee studied sociology and Latin American studies at Scripps College in California and has M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in soil science and sustainable agriculture from Michigan State University.