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Richard is a multicultural, bilingual advisor in human-centered conservation, natural resource management, organizational development, and mission-driven philanthropy. He is the Principal of Andanza Advisors LLC, a consulting firm focused on designing and strengthening processes for environmental and human well-being. Previously, he tenured for twelve years at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, leading the Foundation's coastal-marine conservation strategies in Latin America. His expertise is grounded in 30 years of work with coastal communities, civil society organizations (CSOs), academic and philanthropic institutions, governments, and the private sector. 


Richard is driven by the possibilities of making positive changes for Earth and the well-being of humanity by linking science to action, enabling meaningful connections, and strengthening capacities. Throughout his professional career, Dr Cudney-Bueno has helped establish and improve management of 20+ protected areas in Latin America and the Caribbean, strengthened the institutional infrastructure for conservation and fisheries management in Mexico, Chile, and the Eastern Tropical Pacific, advanced scientific knowledge by authoring over 50 scientific papers and book chapters, inspired conservation leaders by mentoring numerous graduate and college students as well as executive directors of CSOs, and improved organizational impact through program and strategy design, development of multi-institutional capacity strengthening programs, and coaching. 


Richard holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Studies and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Arizona and a BSc in Marine Ecology and Resource Management from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico.

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