Traci Romine handles grantmaking in the areas of international development finance and increasing access to clean energy in developing countries. She manages Mott’s environmental work in South America from Brazil, where she works on strategies to protect the region — including the Amazon rainforest and traditional communities — from large dams and other unsustainable energy and infrastructure projects. Romine and her family also reside in the Atlantic rainforest, where their “neighbors” include Howler monkeys, white tufted marmosets, toucans, and scores of other bird species. She began her career as a journalist after earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from California State University, Northridge. Romine joined Mott in 2012, after working with Greenpeace, the Audubon Society, Oil Change International and the American Chamber of Commerce in Brazil. In 2011, while working from Miami, she received a national Audubon Society award for her work in response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.