Geri Unger is executive director of The Society for Conservation Biology, a global community of conservation professionals whose mission is to advance the science and practice of conserving the Earth’s biological diversity. Previously she was vice-president for education and research at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, where she managed a high school urban farming work-study program, and initiated the ecosystems services on vacant urban property research program throughout the Great Lakes Basin.
Unger serves on the board of the Friends of Israel’s Environment, the external board for Israel Union for Environmental Defense. She also cofounded TerrAqua Environmental Science and Policy LLC, and has done consulting work for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Pew Charitable Trusts, Heinz Endowments, George Gund Foundation, New Israel Fund, The New England Aquarium, Chicago Zoological Society, and other organizations. Additionally, she has taught high school and university ecology and environmental science and was co-executive director of the Jerusalem Science Centre.
She received an MS in Biology in 1984 from Hebrew University and is ABD from Tufts University in the field of urban and environmental policy