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Jim Tolisano

Jim Tolisano

Director of Innovations, Conservation LLC


  • Director of Innovations, Conservation LLC


Over the past 30 years, Jim has designed and implemented natural resource and biodiversity conservation projects in more than 40 countries to integrate applied work in nature conservation, sustainable finance, and strategic planning. Jim has principally focused on collaborative work with rural communities, private businesses, donors and investors to develop landscape scale projects that balance resilient livelihoods with locally drive nature conservation. At present, Jim is the Director of Innovations in Conservation LLC (, a consulting consortium that works globally with conservation planning, sustainable finance, and strategic planning for biodiversity and climate adaptation initiatives. He is a senior advisor to the IUCN Conservation Finance Incubator, and technical advisor to the Caribbean Marine Science and Policy Association. Jim is also adjunct professor of Environmental and Interdisciplinary Studies at New York University, and advisor to NYU’s Center for Sustainable Business, where he teaches introductory and advance courses on conservation biology and conservation finance.