Program Director, Andes-Amazon
Avecita leads the Andes-Amazon team at the foundation and the team that is developing new work on sustainable agriculture.
Avecita has over 25 years of experience in natural resource use, biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean. She served as the executive director of the Latin America program at the Wildlife Conservation Society, where she led conservation programs in 15 countries. Avecita was also a program officer at the MacArthur Foundation, where she was responsible for conservation and sustainable development grantmaking in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Conservation International’s first country program director in Peru. While at Conservation International, she led a team that used novel participatory approaches to help establish millions of hectares under permanent protection and management in the Tambopata watershed and Vilcabamba cordillera regions of the Peruvian Amazon.
Avecita earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Florida. Her dissertation focused on natural resource use by the Tsimane people of Beni, Bolivia. She has an M.A. from the University of Cincinnati and a B.A. from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.
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