Ms. O’Toole serves as the Director of Wildlife Development Programs for the International Trade and Development department of Humane Society International. Ms. O’Toole is responsible for overseeing capacity building programs in Central America on CITES enforcement and basic animal handling techniques. Ms. O’Toole is also responsible for managing small grants throughout Central America to strengthen the technical and institutional capacity of wildlife rescue centers as well as to support public education and outreach programs to combat illegal wildlife trade throughout the region. Ms. O’Toole is also involved in the development of a regional rescue center sustainability study and advises on fundraising and management plans for wildlife rescue centers in Latin America.
Prior to joining HSI, Ms. O’Toole worked extensively in the fields of international development and conservation for various donor organizations such as USAID and Europe Aid in the Caribbean, Latin America and the Middle East. During her six year tenure, Ms. O’Toole worked as a sustainable tourism planner primarily in the fields of small and medium enterprise creation and product development for community based organizations.
In addition to a postgraduate certificate in sustainable development, Ms. O’Toole holds an MA in International Business from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce in France as well as a B.A. in International Relations/Spanish from Saint Louis University in the USA. She is fluent in French, Portuguese and Spanish.