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Corey Nelson

Managing Director for Climate, Infrastructure, and Environment Practice

DT Global US


  • B.S. Cultural Anthropology, James Madison University
  • B.A. Photography and Graphic Design, James Madison University
  • M.B.A. Sustainable Branding and Social Impact Marketing, Marylhurst University
  • M.A in Sustainable Development (Environmental Economics), University of Denver
  • M.A in Cultural Anthropology, University of Denver

Languages: English, I-Kiribati

Technical areas of expertise: Climate Adaptation, Climate Resilient Infrastructure, Resource-based Conflict, Environment, ESG, Political Economy

Corey is the Managing Director for Climate, Infrastructure, and Environment at Cardno International Development, a DT Global Company. She is a risk, sustainability, and environmental expert with 17+ years’ experience directing business coalitions committed to climate action and more environmentally sustainable practices; driving international transformation for multi-million donor-funded initiatives that support the development of inclusive resilient networks. She is committed to empowering communities, cities, and organizations to better adapt, respond, and prepare for the impacts of climate change, while, weighing environmental and socio-economic factors. She advises governments, the private sector, and communities on climate risk, design and implementation of sustainability strategies, and how to set an environmental vision that combines bold performance metrics and science-based targets with comprehensive strategies to address environmental challenges. Corey engages decision-makers through innovative policy, technical, and financial solutions for the protection and management of natural capital investments. She has worked in more than 20 countries, with a regional focus on Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

What’s your favorite place of all the places you’ve travelled? The island of Abaiang in Kiribati. It was where I was posted during the Peace Corps, but I’ve never felt more at home anywhere else in the world. I am definitely an island girl at heart.

If you were doing something else besides this, what would it be? I am lucky enough to be following my passion, working with people to improve their natural and built environments. If I could do something else, I would love to lean more into my creative side. Diving back into professional photography… I even muse sometimes that I would kill it as wedding planner.