The RMEL CoP Secretariat Director is Dorcas Robinson, supported by Program Associate, Grace Sheed.


Dorcas Robinson supports the RMEL CoP Secretariat part-time. Working previously as Climate Change Resources and Partnerships Coordinator in CARE International’s Climate Secretariat, she was responsible for cultivating resources and partnerships to enable CARE to innovate, influence, and scale climate-resilient policies and practices across a 60+ country poverty-fighting and social justice portfolio. Dorcas led CARE’s partnership with the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) research program of the CGIAR network, was CARE’s second chair on the Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance (ACSAA), and managed projects including a gender assessment of IFAD’s Adaptation of Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP).

Dorcas has a background leading NGO programming, research and advocacy in the fields of food and nutrition security, social protection, maternal and reproductive health, climate change adaptation and resilience.

Dorcas holds a PhD in Development Studies from the Open University, and an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. She has also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Epidemiology with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and is currently completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Environmental Economics with the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies.

GRACE SHEED, Program Associate

Grace Sheed supports the RMEL CoP Secretariat part-time. A recent graduate of Bard College, with a BA in Art History, she has a keen interest in architecture and the built environment. She completed her undergraduate thesis on American settlement houses in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, exploring their role in providing space to introduce progressive art education. As a member of “Bard Builds”, Grace led an architecture film series and speaker events, drawing leading architectural researchers and practitioners to the campus. She also has experience developing technical resources, databases, and information management systems as a volunteer with nonprofit and public health organizations.