Caitrin Mckee is Director of Campaigns at Climate Advisers, where she leads initiatives to break the link between agricultural commodities and deforestation in tropical rainforests, particularly in South America.
She has worked at the intersection of international development and human rights for over a decade, with a focus on civil society movements, U.S. policy reform and corporate accountability in Latin America. As part of this work, she has conducted advocacy-oriented fact-finding, stakeholder mapping and coalition-building activities in Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico.
Previously, Caitrin worked as U.S. Advocacy Officer at Peace Brigades International (PBI) Colombia, where she advocated for U.S. government action to address escalating attacks on human rights defenders, including land rights activists. In this role, she advised strategic planning on PBI’s protective accompaniment of environmental defenders and international advocacy on business and human rights. Prior to PBI, Caitrin promoted the rights of workers in agricultural supply chains in Latin America as a campaigner at the International Labor Rights Forum. Caitrin has also served as an Atlas Service Corps Fellow with Oxfam Great Britain in Colombia, where she helped to build fundraising capacity and plan and evaluate projects promoting ethnic territorial rights, disaster risk reduction and sustainable livelihoods.
Caitrin holds an M.A. in International Development from American University’s School of International Service, where her thesis examined transnational advocacy by Afro-Colombian leaders to resist land grabs in Colombia’s palm oil sector, and a B.A. in Politics from Mount Holyoke College.