Audrey Ek-Psomas

DEWN (2021)

Eastern Program Coordinator


Albuquerque, New Mexico

Personal pronouns: She, her, hers

Audrey Ek-Psomas has spent much of her youth living and studying abroad in Europe and South America, which has spurred a love for travel and nature. Before joining the LightHawk team, she was the Training/Project Coordinator for the Center for Protected Area Management (CPAM) in Colorado State University’s Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department. In that role, she provided logistical management for CPAM’s two annual flagship capacity-building courses for international professionals working in protected areas. She was also involved in the design and implantation of two additional capacity-development trainings for rangers, one held in English and the other in Spanish.
Audrey graduated from Colorado State University with a Master’s of Science in Conservation Leadership, and her master’s thesis focused on the feasibility of involving the local tourism sector directly in the purchase of carbon credits for a REDD+ project in the Peruvian Amazon. She is a co-author of an article in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism describing those findings.

With an undergraduate degree in political science, Audrey is passionate about interacting with people from diverse cultures and problem-solving to create innovative solutions for the betterment of community and environment. Her professional interests include collaborative conservation, project evaluation, behavior change, leadership, community-based natural resource management, and promoting community benefits from payment for ecosystem service projects.