Beth Olberding

UrbanShift Knowledge and Partnerships Officer

World Resources Institute

Beth is a Knowledge and Partnerships Officer for UrbanShift at WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. She oversees grant compliance and progress reporting, supports research, partnership engagement and strategy, and also serves as the program's Gender Lead.

Prior to UrbanShift, Beth worked as a research assistant on the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities resource team at WRI. Before joining WRI, Beth worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development, where she assisted with data collection, interview and survey analyses, economic impact analyses and strategic reports.

Beth has also served as a Community Economic Development Facilitator with the Peace Corps in Costa Rica, where she conducted research for her Master’s thesis focused on indigenous perspectives on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), an international climate initiative. She holds a B.A. in Biology with a concentration in Environmental and Biological Conservation from the University of Virginia and Master's degrees in Urban and Regional Planning and Natural Resources from Virginia Tech. In her free time, Beth enjoys traveling, walking her dog, baking, watching sports and spending time with family and friends.