Joanna founded Devers Consulting after more than two decades of delivering effective and efficient grant writing and project development services. Because of her years of on-the-ground conservation project and non-profit management, Ms. Devers has developed expertise in writing grants to obtain funding for non-profit organizations and local government agencies. Since 2014, Dever's Consulting has helped clients obtain millions of dollars to support land acquisition, conservation easement acquisition, habitat restoration, urban parks, schoolyard greening and environmental education centers. Her services have led to successful grant awards from the Coastal Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Board, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Natural Resources Agency, and Department of Water Resources. Currently, her client list includes the Trust for Public Land, Save the Redwoods League, Sempervirens Fund, City of Davis Parks Department, and Bolsa Chica Land Trust.
The strategic partnership between Devers Consulting and Pacific Policy Group (PPG) greatly enhances PPG's value to its clients because of Joanna's extensive experience in both California and Mexico as a development, real estate, and executive management professional with the Big Sur Land Trust (BSLT) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC). At BSLT, Joanna’s efforts led to more than 35 successful land transactions. During her tenure, BSLT acquired its two largest rangeland conservation easements protecting over 5,000 acres and adding more than 1,000 acres to local public parks. Joanna’s expertise was developed through a variety of complex real estate dealings which included purchasing or accepting donations of fee-simple property to expand BSLT’s land protection portfolio, purchasing and transferring fee-simple property to local park agencies to increase Monterey County parklands, negotiating conservation easement bargain sale purchases, and transferring BSLT-acquired land to private ownership with permanent conservation restrictions. Effective project management skills enabled Joanna to handle all aspects of due diligence which calls for thorough title investigation, contract management for appraisals, phase 1 environmental assessments, and surveys. Every transaction completed through BSLT met or exceeded the standards and practices set forth by the National Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission. Through this work, Joanna played a key role in securing BSLT’s first-time accreditation in 2013 and during its recent accreditation renewal in 2018.
Joanna, a Colombian American born in the United States who is fluent in Spanish, embarked on her professional conservation journey in 1998 upon accepting an administrative assistant position with TNC’s Mexico Program. Honored by TNC for leadership in strategic planning, Joanna's efforts as Development Officer helped to secure more than $4 million for conservation projects and local conservation non-profit organizations throughout Mexico.
While in graduate school, with support from the Tinker Foundation, Joanna's thesis investigated conservation easements in Latin America under the guidance of Professor Jeff Langholz.
Joanna has served on the Board of Directors of the Monterey County Resource Conservation District since 2011 and as a Monterey County Park Commissioner since 2017.
In 2003, she received a master’s degree in International Environmental Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.