Mrs. McDonald Gayle possesses a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Impact Assessments and Auditing from the University of East Anglia in Norwich and has lectured at the University of the West Indies in that topic. She has over 20 years of experience in the Jamaican and Caribbean environmental field which have given her vast experience in both Public Sector Policy Development as well as civil society dialogue and participation.
Karen is currently Conservation Finance Program Manager for the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund. She is a trained facilitator in Advanced Participatory Methods and has organised and participated in many community stakeholder consultations. She has worked on community environmental management throughout Jamaica including as the Chief Executive Officer of Jamaica’s largest NGO grant-making institution, the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica and has proudly served on the Board of Directors of the Natural History Society of Jamaica, the Jamaica Environment Trust, Campion College Alumni Association and Jamaicans for Justice.
Mrs. McDonald Gayle is a founding member of the JIEP and has served the Council as Member, Treasurer, Vice President and President over the years.