Catherine E. Semcer

Research Fellow

Catherine E. Semcer is a Research Fellow with the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) where her work focuses on rights and market based solutions to policy challenges in environmental security, conservation finance and sustainability.

Catherine is the past COO of Humanitarian operations protecting Elephants (H.O.P.E.), a boutique NGO delivering training, advisory, assistance and procurement services to African counter-poaching programs.  During her tenure with H.O.P.E. she was directly responsible for leading the opening of projects in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Ethiopia.

Prior to working with H.O.P.E. Catherine served as Senior Washington D.C. Representative for Sierra Club, where she worked to advance conservation programs in the Department of Defense to increase training range sustainability as well as to further efforts to conserve the Greater Sage Grouse.  Her work led to her being recognized by the USDA-NRCS for “outstanding contributions” to their Sage Grouse Initiative.

Catherine began her career with McKinsey & Company where she supported the Environmental and Non-Profit Practices. She is a member of the Sustainable use and Livelihoods Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Field Editor for African Indaba, the official African publication of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC.)

Catherine is a graduate of Muhlenberg College.  In her spare time she enjoys international travel, fly fishing, upland bird and waterfowl hunting, trekking, paddling and sailing.

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