Bethany Linton started with TFD in 2017, first supporting the LUD initiative in Uganda where she later worked as an LUD fellow. Joining TFD full time as program manager in 2019, she conducted field dialogues in Uganda, Tanzania, and Ghana, supporting various other initiatives and projects for TFD. She earned her Masters of Environmental Science at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 2020, using research from the LUD fellowship to complete her thesis work in Northern Uganda on gender inclusion in multi-stakeholder decision-making for sustainable land governance. She earned her BA at Brigham Young University in Political Science and International Development, with a focus on the political economy of gender.
Bethany has worked on governance issues in Africa since 2013. Following her undergraduate research in East Africa, she joined the office of Senator Coons, then the co-chair of the sub-committee on African Affairs, conducting environmental and foreign affairs research. Later at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), she worked on programs in Cabo Verde and Sierra Leone to assess environmental and social performance projects for poverty reduction through economic growth. Bethany is currently consulting for The Forests Dialogue and The World Bank, supporting projects on sustainable forestry and climate smart agriculture.