Program Officer, Conservation
Renu Saini is a Program Officer for the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Conservation Program. In this role, she develops and implements grantmaking strategies in Madagascar and Galápagos with a focus on the maintenance and expansion of marine and terrestrial protected areas, sustainable fisheries, alternative livelihoods, invasive species, and capacity building. She also contributes to strategic planning, monitoring, and evaluation across each of the program’s geographic focus areas, including Myanmar and the Gulf of California region in Mexico.
Before joining Helmsley, Renu spent nine years at the Kohlberg Foundation, where her grantmaking portfolio included initiatives in environmental conservation, cancer research, human trafficking prevention, and supports for at-risk youth. In prior roles, she developed a philanthropic program for a family foundation based in Mumbai, India, and supported the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s field biology program in New Jersey.
Originally from Texas, Renu holds a master’s degree in Global Affairs from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University. She is currently seeking certification in both Spanish and Fisheries Management, and serves as a member of the board of I-MAK (Initiative for Medicines, Access and Knowledge).