Cynthia McKee

Senior Vice President, Development

Conservation International


Cynthia McKee has extensive experience in fundraising strategy, campaign and donor development. In her current position, she works directly with Conservation International’s Board of Directors, CEO and senior leadership to ensure the organization’s high impact conservation goals are securely funded.

​​Before joining CI in January 2011, Cynthia was the Director of Development and Marketing for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), where she was responsible for developing the organization’s fundraising and marketing strategy and leading efforts to secure private sector gifts to leverage multi-million dollar public funds.

Previous to NFWF, Cynthia served as the acting Chief Development Officer at Special Olympics, and before that, she was Director of Principal Gifts at The Nature Conservancy where she launched their principal gifts program to bolster its US $1.4 billion Campaign for Conservation. Cynthia has also served in the major gifts departments at World Wildlife Fund and the Pan American Development Foundation at the Organization of American States. She began her career as a political fundraiser.