Jeff Ploetz is Director of The Cloudburst Group’s Land Tenure and Natural Resource Management practice area. He provides strategic direction and project oversight for our portfolio of international development and environmental compliance programs. He overseas The Cloudburst Group’s staff of experts in land tenure, resource rights, biodiversity, climate change, environmental compliance, and knowledge management. Mr. Ploetz serves as the Chief of Party for the USAID Evaluation, Research, and Communications (ERC) project, deputy IQC Manager for USAID’s STARR IQC, Project Manager for the USAID Global Environmental Management Support Project (GEMS II), and technical adviser for the Environmental Compliance Support Services (ECSS II) Project.
Mr. Ploetz brings more than 18 years of experience as an international development and environmental professional which began with his Peace Corps service in 1997. His extensive experience is rooted in environmental compliance, natural resource management, biodiversity, and training. Mr. Ploetz has dedicated his career to environmental aspects of international development ensuring environmental considerations are appropriately integrated into program design, implementation, and monitoring. He overseas Cloudburst’s staff of experts in land tenure, resource rights, biodiversity, climate change, environmental compliance, and knowledge management.
Since 2001 Mr. Ploetz has managed successive USAID Environmental Compliance projects providing technical review, mitigation and monitoring site visits, and training in environmental regulations (22CFR216). He also has served as team leader for several USAID Biodiversity Assessments.
Mr. Ploetz has worked in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, and Ukraine with extended travel to India and Tanzania.
In His Own Words
“Development projects must consider short, medium, and long term environmental and social impacts and design to mitigate adverse risks if we are ever to truly achieve sustainable development. Inclusive stakeholder engagement and buy-in is key to long term success.”