Michelle Mendlewicz is a Brazilian environmental lawyer pursuing her Master of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, focusing on the intersection between business, climate & the environment. In addition to CBEY, she is a Program Associate at The Forests Dialogue, working on multi-stakeholder engagement platforms for sustainable landscapes and zero-deforestation supply chains, and a Co-chair for the 2017 International Society for Tropical Foresters (ISTF) Conference. Prior to pursuing her graduate studies, she worked as a legal advisor for the Environmental Agency of the State of Rio de Janeiro (INEA/RJ), and at private law firms representing companies with issues regarding environmental licensing, protected areas, and the Brazilian Forest Code. She believes that engaging the private sector is crucial for effectively reducing global GHG emissions and hopes to work with organizations committed to the environment to secure a sustainable future and a deforestation-free planet. Michelle holds a Law Degree from Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), where she also completed a specialization program in Environmental Law.