María has over ten years of experience working in environmental policy issues at both national and international levels from diverse perspectives, proven experience in governmental and non-governmental organisations. Working in the interface between climate science and policy, forest governance and multi-level governance approaches, in her current position as Senior Policy Advisor for Climate Law and Policy, María works at the global and national levels with governmental institutions and non-governmental organisations in providing strategic and technical support in efforts to strengthen forest and land use governance in tropical forest countries by advancing the design and implementation of integrated landscape policies towards low-carbon and climate resilient development pathways.
María has broad experience in public policy. Between 2012 and 2015, she led a multidisciplinary team working on the design of Ecuador’s integrated landscape climate change mitigation strategy, time during which she was Ecuador’s lead REDD+ negotiator under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. María has significant experience at the international level, having led IUCN’s forest climate policy agenda and advocacy efforts between 2017 and 2019. María has worked with governments, non-governmental and international organisations in Latin America, Asia and the Pacific in providing strategic policy and technical advisory for low-emissions and climate resilient integrated policies in the forest and land-use sector.
As a leading expert on forest governance and safeguards, María has proven convening skills with broad experience in coalition building at local, national and global levels, bringing an innovative approach to policy making based on multi-level governance approaches as a condition for holistic, legitimate and sustainable environmental and development policies. She holds a master’s degree on Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and studied Environmental Management in her hometown, Quito. She is fluent in English and Spanish.