Manager. Blue Finance (Ocean ESG)
Lauren Lynch is the Manager for Blue Finance (Ocean ESG) on the WWF-US team, leading the expansion of WWF’s financial institution engagement into key blue economy sectors including shipping, marine renewables and coastal development. Lauren’s team works with banks, investors and insurers to integrate ocean ESG metrics into their financial decision-making processes to help shift financial capital away from harmful activities and towards sustainable and resilient practices. Her team also works with financial institutions to develop new blue financial products that support nature positive business and to identify blue startup capital that can capitalize the blue economy businesses of the future.
Prior to joining WWF-US, Lauren worked as an Engagement Manager and then as a Consultant with the WWF-Singapore Sustainable Finance team, where she built global financial institutions’ capacity to understand and manage environmental and social issues related to agriculture, seafood, energy and infrastructure. In 2021 she helped to launch the Asia Sustainable Finance Initiative (ASFI) Academy, an online sustainable finance academy which has trained over 10,000 professionals in more than 30 countries. Before that, Lauren worked with the Nature Conservancy’s impact investing unit, Nature Vest, and served as an Environmental Extension Agent with the United States Peace Corps in Panama. She has an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a B.A. in International Studies from Boston College.