Stacy-ann graduated from the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations and Political Science. She was awarded a full scholarship to pursue a Certificate of Advanced Studies (Postgraduate Certificate) in Environmental Diplomacy at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She was later awarded a Chevening Scholarship to pursue a Master of Science degree in International Development, specialising in Environment and Development, at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. Stacy-ann currently holds an Australia Awards Scholarship, and an Australia Awards Leadership Award, making her one of only 6 Leadership awardees from the Caribbean for 2014.
Stacy-ann’s 10 years of professional experience spans 15 countries and multiple fields, including diplomacy, education, development project management, and international environmental consulting. During her tenure at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade in Jamaica, Stacy-ann advised on environment and sustainable development policies and issues, and monitored the country’s implementation of commitments under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Millennium Development Goals, among other agreements. Stacy-ann was also Adviser to the Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the United Nations, New York, and First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the International Seabed Authority.
Stacy-ann is an avid project and grant proposal writer. She has written close to 40 proposals relating to the management of natural resources, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites and marine protected areas, and to the building of adaptive capacity to climate change. 70% of these proposals have been accepted for funding.
Of Stacy-ann’s many non-academic achievements, she views her receipt of the Commonwealth Youth Award (Service) in 2002 as one of her greatest. The Award recognised the positive impact of her project on youths in Jamaica and the potential benefits for the wider Caribbean community. The project used elements of the fine and performing arts to promote respect for self, others and the environment among primary and secondary school students.