Kristen McDonald

Senior Director, Plastics Program (She/Her/Hers)

Kristen McDonald is leading Pacific Environment’s efforts to address pollution and build strong and effective grassroots environmental organizations. Under Kristen’s leadership, Pacific Environment added a rule of law component and launched efforts to combat air pollution from coal in China. She also helped develop one of the first issue-centric environmental coalitions in China, the Water Environment Learning Network.

Kristen is the founder and former director of China Rivers Project, which works to expand river eco-tourism and river conservation in China. She has worked as a river conservation advocate internationally and in the United States. Kristen received a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in Environmental Science, Policy and Management and earned her bachelor’s degree in Literature and Environmental Studies at Yale University.