Program Officer at The Walton Family Foundation

Renu M. Saini is a Program Officer with The Walton Family Foundation for the Environment Program’s Ocean Initiative. She focuses on the development and implementation of grant-making strategies in Chile and Peru. She also contributes to program-wide strategic planning, monitoring, and evaluation of all the program’s geographic focal areas.

Before joining the Walton Family Foundation, Renu served as the Program Officer for Conservation at the Helmsley Charitable Trust where she worked on grant-making in Latin America, the Western Indian Ocean, and the Eastern Tropical Pacific. At the Trust, her main focuses included: maintenance and expansion of marine and terrestrial protected areas; sustainable fisheries, alternative livelihoods; invasive species; and capacity building. Prior to joining the Helmsley Charitable Trust, Renu spent nine years at the Kohlberg Foundation, where her grantmaking portfolio included initiatives in environmental conservation, cancer research, human trafficking prevention, and supports for at-risk youth. In former roles, she developed a philanthropic program for a family foundation based in Mumbai, India, and supported the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s field biology program in New Jersey.

Originally from Texas, Renu holds a master’s degree in Global Affairs from Rutgers University and bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University. She serves as a member of the board of I-MAK (Initiative for Medicines, Access and Knowledge), International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) and a member of the Pleiades Network.