Staff, contractors and Board
|Anna Cederstav is one of AIDA’s Co-Executive Directors. Having worked for AIDA since 1997, she is responsible for program and organizational development. Anna has significant expertise in the environmental impacts of mining and other extractive activities, as well as marine resource management. She holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.S. from Yale University. Anna is based in San Francisco, California, where she also manages the Latin America work of the Earthjustice International Program.|
|Astrid Puentes is AIDA’s other Co-Executive Director. She is responsible for AIDA’s legal efforts and organizational management. Originally from Colombia, Astrid has worked from AIDA’s office at CEMDA in Mexico City since 2003. She has significant experience with public interest litigation, especially in the field of human rights and the environment. Astrid holds an LL.M. in Comparative Law from the University of Florida, a Masters in Environmental Law from the University of the Basque Country, and a J. D. from the University of Los Andes, Colombia.|
|Legal and communications team|
|Aída Navarro is based in Ensenada, Mexico and supports AIDA’s fundraising and communication efforts. A native of Mexico, she has extensive experience coordinating conservation projects in the Baja California Peninsula, including international outreach and media campaigns to promote marine conservation since 2002. Aída holds and MSc in Environment and Development from the University of East Anglia and a B. A. in International Trade from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.|
|Alexandre Andrade Sampaio is a Brazilian lawyer who works as a legal consultant for AIDA on its Human Rights and the Environment Program, working out of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil. He studied at the Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas and has an LL.M. (Master of Laws) in International Human Rights from the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he graduated with honors. Alexandre also is an assistant professor of human rights at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP). Previously, he worked in the area of special procedures at the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, and in the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) office in Brazil. He also has worked as a program coordinator of Article 19 South America in the area of access to information.|
|Ana María Mondragón is a fellow of the Human Rights and Environment Program. A Colombian, she works with AIDA from the Bogotá office. She received a law degree from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, where she was part of the research group on social justice, business and human rights. She has worked as a visiting professional at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and as a legal consultant at the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL).|
|Andrea Rodríguez Osuna is our legal advisor for the Climate Change Program, working out of AIDA’s offices in Mexico City. Andrea is a Bolivian lawyer with a Master’s in Environmental Law from Stockholm University and a Master’s in Sustainable Development from Uppsala University, Sweden. She has worked and taught in Bolivia, Denmark, Ireland and Sweden, where she gained experience in policy development funding for climate change, sustainable development and access to information, and public participation and access to justice in environmental matters.|
Ariel Pérez Castellón is Bolivian environmental lawyer and advisor to AIDA’s Freshwater Preservation Program, working out of Cochabamba, Bolivia. He received a law degree from the Catholic University of Bolivia and specialized in metropolitan environmental management and oil & natural gas law at the University of Buenos Aires. He is a professor of environmental and hydrocarbons law. Over the past 15 years, he has worked at national and international NGOs and as an independent researcher on issues related to extractive industries, the rights of indigenous peoples, and good governance in public policy in Bolivia and Argentina and on regional projects in Andean countries.
|Carlos Lozano Acosta is a Colombian lawyer and advisor to the Freshwater Preservation Program. He works with AIDA out of Bogotá, Colombia. He has an LL.M. in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from the University of Oregon, United States, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar. He has worked as a researcher and consultant for Colombian and international NGOs as well as cooperation agencies on issues of public law. He also has participated on teams providing technical assistance to Colombia’s Ministry of Environment on environmental licensing and hazardous waste management.|
|Charles Newbery is a freelance journalist and writer based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His stories on Latin American business, culture, entertainment and politics have appeared in Advertising Age, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, Dow Jones, Emerging Markets, GlobalPost, Latin Trade, MarketWatch, Platts, Variety and The New York Times. He holds a B.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.|
|Dena DeBry is a fine artist and web developer. She runs Buttonwillow Six, a web development company. Before striking out on her own, Dena worked in the Art Library at Stanford University. Dena holds an M. F. A. in Printmaking from Pratt Institute and a B. A. in Fine Arts and Philosophy from UC Santa Cruz.|
|Florencia Ortúzar works for AIDA from Santiago, Chile. She obtained her Law degree (2006) from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and also completed an MSc in Environmental Politics and Regulation (2011) at the London School of Economics (LSE) in England. She joined our team in 2012 and has contributed to AIDA’s work on climate change issues. She enjoys spending time with her pets as well as cooking, camping and nature trekking.|
|Haydée Rodríguez is a Costa Rican attorney specializing in environmental law. She has a master’s in public administration in environmental science and policy from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, New York. She has worked for the past 10 years in NGOs and the public sector on issues related to the right to water and sanitation, marine spatial planning, and public participation and environmental advocacy. Haydée joined the AIDA Marine Protection team in January 2013.|
Héctor Herrera Santoyo holds a law degree from the Universidad de los Andes, where he also studied Anthropology and was part of the program Global Justice and Human Rights. He is currently working with AIDA as coordinator of the Network for Environmental Justice in Colombia.
Gladys Martínez is a Costa Rican attorney based in San Jose, Costa Rica. She works on AIDA projects related to marine biodiversity and freshwater protection, and has helped bring AIDA victories from protecting endangered turtles and coastal areas through litigation and the development of environmentally sustainable policies. Gladys received her law degree from the Universidad de Costa Rica, and holds a master’s degree in Environment, Security and Peace from the United Nations University-UPEACE.
Kim Winters, with Paragon Philanthropy, coordinates AIDA’s development efforts. She has 25 years of experience in fund and program development, and communications campaigns that benefit values-based causes in environmental conservation, education, justice, and community-building. She holds a Master's in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a B.A. in Political Science from Guilford College.
Laura Yaniz is a Mexican freelance journalist and social media content editor. As part of AIDA’s communications team, she runs efforts to spread news about the organization’s work on social networks. She has a BA in media and journalism from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) in Monterrey, Mexico, and a diploma in national security from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM). She is interested in social and environmental issues, especially environmental security.
|Lisa Nessan is the Office Manager for the International Program at Earthjustice. She shares AIDA’s administrative responsibilities with her counterpart, Tania Paz, in Mexico, and assists with AIDA’s communications and fundraising responsibilities. Lisa holds two BAs in Environmental Studies and Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Lisa has varied experiences volunteering, and working with communities in Mexico, South America, and the Middle East whose livelihoods and human rights are intricately tied to the natural environment.|
|María José Veramendi Villa is our legal advisor for the Human Rights and Environment Program, working out of Lima, Peru. She is a Peruvian lawyer with degrees from the University of the Andes in Bogota, Colombia and the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. She has a diploma in Women and Human Rights: Theory and Practice from the University of Chile and an LLM (Master of Laws) in International Legal Studies with a specialization in human rights from the American University Washington College of Law. Previously, she was a researcher in the Human Rights Program at the Ibero-American University in Mexico City, and worked as a human rights lawyer for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and as a lawyer at the Legal Defense Institute in Peru. She has worked as a teacher and lecturer of various courses and seminars, and has been published in an array of publications on the subject.|
Sandra Moguel is a Mexican attorney based in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. She studied environmental law at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and got a L.L.M. at the University of Aukland. Sandra has worked on marine conservation issues at civil society organizations and at the High Court of New Zealand on environmental cases. She practices yoga, and enjoys hiking and scuba diving.
|Tania Paz works with AIDA in the areas of administration and communications out of our Mexico City office. A Nicaraguan, she has a degree in business administration from the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA), Managua and is studying a Master’s in Public Policy at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico. She has experience in research, community service, rural development, and advocacy and municipalism in public policy. She has been part of the AIDA team since October 2011.|
Victor Quintanilla Sangüeza is a Bolivian freelance communications specialist and journalist. He is part of AIDA’s communications team, working out of the Mexico City office. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Communication from the Higher University of San Andrés in La Paz, Bolivia, and a Master in Communication from the Ibero-American University in Mexico City. He has worked in print and television media, as well as in corporate communication in the public and private sectors.
AIDA Board of Directors
Margot Venton, Canada
President, Staff Lawyer, Ecojustice
Chief Financial Officer
Martin Wagner, USA
International Program Director, Earthjustice
Gonzalez, Costa Rica
Pedro Solano, Perú
Santiago Cantón, USA
Executive Director, Brazil Human Rights Fund