Katie LaJeunesse Connette coordinates research and partnerships for the Smithsonian’s international conservation work in Myanmar. She is passionate about creating an inclusive environment that empowers Smithsonian's international collaborators to fully participate in the research process.
LaJeunesse Connette works with locally led organizations to promote excellence in conservation research. Since 2015, she has developed and led specialized training courses, reaching more than 200 trainees in topics as diverse as organizational governance, the scientific process and geospatial analysis. She also manages grants, contracts and agreements while working closely with local collaborators to ensure that conservation field projects are effectively implemented.