Born in Hong Kong and an Indian national, Payal Kapoor moved to the U.S. to attend the University of Virginia. At UVA Payal majored in economics and following graduation joined the management consulting firm of William M. Mercer as an analyst. After two years at Mercer Payal decided to follow her heart and started her search for a position in a conservation organization. She joined The Conservation Fund’s corporate development team for a short while and then moved on to Conservation International where she has been since. At CI Payal started as the coordinator for the Indonesia program and then transitioned into her current role of senior manager in the Public Funding department. In her position Payal is responsible for reviewing all reports and work plans and for reviewing and advising programs on proposals to U.S. government agencies. Outside of work, Payal enjoys traveling to new places, photography, and eating out in DC.