Bea Calo is Director of Grantmaking at The Christensen Fund, a San Francisco- based international foundation supporting local and Indigenous stewards of biocultural diversity – the intersect of culture and ecology. She has oversight for Christensen’s regional programs in the African Rift Valley, Central Asia, Melanesia, Northwest Mexico, the US Southwest and the Bay Area, as well as a Global program which connects local communities to global processes around the thematic areas of Indigenous Rights and Representation, Resilient Biocultural Landscapes, and Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty. She was Christensen’s Director of Operations and COO for seven years, responsible for internationalizing operations and initiating branding and communications strategies. Prior to joining the philanthropic sector, Bea worked mainly with pioneering start-up and high growth companies including as Director of International Business Strategy at E*TRADE Financial and various positions at the Charles Schwab Corporation.
Bea attended the Developing Peace Leadership in the Wilderness course offered at Eastern Mennonite University’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) as a joint effort with Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding (OBCP) and Outward Bound Baltimore. The course was part of a brief but impactful sabbatical in 2013 which also included a volunteer trip to the West Bank with Christian Peacemaker Teams.
Born in The Philippines, Bea grew up in southern Mindanao, upstate New York, Hawaii and Tanzania. She holds a BSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a Master’s of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of California, Davis.