Originally from Texas, Alaine Ball has been living in Brazil since 2012. She holds a master’s degree in Forest Science and Social Ecology from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and is pursuing a certificate in Sustainable Community Development from Village Earth. Since 2011, she has conducted and published on several smallholder farming and forestry-related research projects in Brazil addressing non-timber forest product commercialization, evaluation of native seedling nursery projects with family farmers, forest restoration projects on smallholder property, traditional land rights conflict in protected areas, and traditional agrobiodiversity. She has also worked as a consultant on campaigns to reduce deforestation from forest product supply chains, served as program director for a small nonprofit in New Mexico seeking solutions to climate change, and volunteered with an urban farm in Oakland and an Atlantic Forest restoration project in Minas Gerais, Brazil. She is currently seeking support for a social venture that will provide farmers with opportunities for diversified income by establishing native tree seedling nurseries, which will in turn contribute to the restoration of the Atlantic Forest.