September 20, 2012
Contact: Carol D. Rugg,
Mott Foundation hires program officer
FLINT, Mich. — Traci Romine, a native of Ohio and longtime dual resident of Florida and Brazil, has joined the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation as a program officer for its Environment grantmaking team. From her home office in Brasilia, she will oversee Mott’s International Finance for Sustainability grantmaking in South America.
Romine’s work history includes positions at the Audubon Society, Greenpeace, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Brazil. In 2011, while working from Miami, she was given a national Audubon award for her work in response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Her work included recruiting and placing volunteers — for beach cleanup and also protecting vulnerable bird and marine species.
Most recently, Romine worked as the international finance campaign director at Oil Change International, where she gained knowledge about, and experience with, oil and gas development projects funded by the Brazilian Development Bank.
“Traci’s range of skills and experience — plus her fluency in several languages — make her an excellent addition to the Foundation staff,” said Neal R. Hegarty, Mott Foundation vice president of programs.
“She will be an asset to our international environment grantmaking team, which works to ensure that large development projects — such as dams, bridges and roads — balance social, environmental and economic concerns,” he said.
Romine also has worked as a consultant on sustainability issues for nonprofit organizations and public institutions in Brazil and the U.S. She specialized in researching, writing, editing, and translating publications and documents from Portuguese to English. Additionally, Romine has worked as a journalist in the U.S. and Brazil. She has written about environmental issues as a foreign correspondent for USA Today; served as an editor and writer for the Brazil-based biweekly, Inside Brazil; and worked as a general assignment reporter for the Los Angeles Daily News.
Besides her native language of English, Romine also speaks Portuguese and Spanish. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from California State University’s Northridge campus.
The Mott Foundation, established in 1926 by an automotive pioneer, is a private philanthropy committed to supporting projects that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society. It supports nonprofit programs throughout the U.S. and, on a limited geographic basis, internationally. Grantmaking is focused in four programs: Civil Society, Environment, Flint Area and Pathways Out of Poverty. Besides Flint, offices are located in metropolitan Detroit, Johannesburg (South Africa) and London. The Foundation, with 2012 year-end assets of $2.28 billion, made 439 grants totaling $91 million. For more information, visit www.mott.org.
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