Cathy Ross joined the Open Society Foundations in 2010 to develop the Latin America Program’s work on internal and external capacity building, including learning and evaluation frameworks for the program. From 1999 to 2005, she worked as the Amazon Program Officer for Oxfam America, a private rights-based international cooperation agency, and was based in Lima, Peru. During her time at Oxfam, she designed and implemented program strategies for the Andean Amazonian region, focusing on strengthening the capacities of partner organizations; securing indigenous peoples’ land rights; and supporting community-based management of natural resources. She was instrumental in helping Oxfam frame its focus on extractive industries, and helped to build coalitions and support advocacy on environmental, human rights, and governance concerns related to large oil and gas projects.
Before joining the Latin America Program, Ross worked at the Harvard Business School, where she worked closely with faculty on non-profit management issues, researching and writing cases for use in the MBA and executive education curricula. Ross holds a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a BA from Stanford University.