Paulina is a program officer for the foundation's Andes-Amazon initiative.
Born in Ecuador and raised in Virginia, Paulina went to Ecuador for a “brief” period to do field work after graduating from college. Since then, she has dedicated her career to working on conservation and sustainable development issues in Ecuador, focusing on local community participation in park and natural resource management. For several years she worked with grassroots Ecuadorian environmental organizations, leading community conservation projects in the Andes and Amazon regions. Her strong commitment to participatory conservation led her to work in The Nature Conservancy for ten years, where she served as the Andes Amazon program manager and as director of the Indigenous and Communal Lands Global Strategy.
Paulina holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and has carried out post-graduate studies in gender and natural resource management at FLACSO-Ecuador. She is bilingual in English and Spanish, and also speaks Portuguese.