Ailey is an Associate Development Officer for Foundation Relations at the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, D.C. where she leads foundation fundraising efforts for the Wildlife team and other priorities. Liaising with program and foundations’ staff, Ailey works to identify and support funding opportunities that further their mutual conservation visions. Initially, Ailey supported the Africa & Madagascar Program at WWF after being inspired by an internship at the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia. While her career in conservation only began in 2008, Ailey has always been passionate about preserving wildlife: she has interned for institutions like Zoo New England, University of New England’s Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center, and the Live Animal Center at the Boston Museum of Science. Ailey studied neuroscience at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania and earned her Master of Science in Environmental Science & Assessment at American University. Ailey grew up in the tide pools of coastal Massachusetts and maintains her love for the outdoors.