Patricia Bliss-Guest was appointed Deputy CEO of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in November 2004. The GEF is the leading multilateral mechanism providing grant and concessional financing for global environmental protection in developing countries. The GEF serves as the financial mechanism for global environmental conventions on biodiversity, climate change, desertification and persistent organic pollutants. Patricia also served as Corporate Secretary and Team Leader for Corporate Affairs at the GEF. Prior to joining the GEF, she was Associate Director for International Law and Policy at the Council on Environmental Quality. Patricia also worked in the Regional Seas Program of the United Nations Environment Program, where she was responsible for legal and institutional aspects of integrated programs in seven regions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Smith College, an MSc in International Relations from London School of Economics, and a JD from Harvard Law School.