Penny Langhammer, Ph.D.

Penny Langhammer, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President, Re:wild

As Executive Vice President, Dr. Penny Langhammer oversees all Re:wild programs across the world. She is responsible for developing and implementing Re:wild’s strategy through both regional and cross-cutting programs. Penny also leads our work in several global partnerships including the Key Biodiversity Areas, Forests for Life, and Red List Partnerships. In her role as EVP, Penny serves as the programmatic conduit to the Executive Team and Board of Directors. Penny has spent two decades working to identify and protect the most important places on the planet for biodiversity. As co-chair of the IUCN SSC-WCPA Joint Task Force on Biodiversity and Protected Area, Penny led the development of A Global Standard for the Identification of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA), adopted by IUCN in 2016. She has since served on the KBA Partnership committee and co-chairs its Technical Working Group.

Prior to joining Re:wild, Penny founded and served as the principal of Terra Consilium, a biodiversity consulting firm. She also worked at Conservation International for nearly a decade supporting partners across the globe in defining science-based outcomes and priorities for conservation. 

Penny obtained her PhD from Arizona State University, where she studied the role of the fungal disease chytridiomycosis in amphibian declines and extinction in Puerto Rico. She now serves

as adjunct professor of biology in the School of Life Sciences at ASU.