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María Ortiz Pérez

Managing Director

María Ortiz Pérez is the Managing Director of the Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program (EEP). Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Maria served for 11 years at the United Nations in Chile and Lebanon. As the Deputy Chief of Staff at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, she led the institution’s initiatives on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. At the United Nations Economic Commission for Western Asia, she served in the Executive Office and as a project manager during the “Arab Spring”, leading projects on governance and sustainable development in Iraq and Lebanon. Prior to joining the United Nations, Maria managed the transparency and accountability programs of the Boston-based Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research. Maria has ample experience in strategic planning, program management, stakeholder engagement and coalition building and has collaborated in several publications on international agreements, sustainable development, public administration, and governance in conflict settings. Maria holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Suffolk University and a Public Leadership Credential from the Kennedy School of Government from Harvard University. She lives with her family in Silver Spring, Maryland and is originally from Mexico City.

Our Team

Alexis Anderson

Program Assistant, Executive Office

Annabella Ronca

Program Assistant, Ocean & Climate

Bea Kuijpers

Program Manager, Climate & Environment

Catherine Kent

Finance Manager

Catie Tobin

Senior Program Manager, EPPIC

Dana Lhundup

Program Assistant, Ocean & Climate

Emily Engel

Program Coordinator, Ocean & Climate

Greg Gershuny

Vice President And Executive Director

Ingrid Irigoyen

Senior Director, Ocean and Climate

Jade Rouse

Program Associate, Climate & Environment

Jérôme Krumenacker

Senior Operations Associate

Jillian Sacksner

Intern, Communications

Julia Merjan

Senior Development Associate

Kate Jaffee

Director, Climate & Environment

Kathryn Benz

Senior Policy Manager, Ocean & Climate

Kitty Pollack

Senior Advisor to the Executive Director

Laura Schifter

Senior Fellow, This Is Planet Ed

Melody Salerno

Program Associate, EPPIC

Michelle Faggert

Senior Program Associate, This Is Planet Ed

Nadia Phyu

Executie Associate

Nikki DeVignes

Associate Director

Sarah Robbins

Senior Program Manager, This Is Planet Ed

Selena Elmer

Senior Program Manager, Ocean & Climate

Sophia Powless

Program Coordinator, This Is Planet Ed

Tanzia Redi

Program Associate, Energy & Mitigation Policy

Taylor Goelz

Senior Program Manager, Ocean & Climate

Timothy Mason

Director, Energy & Mitigation

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