Staff, Contractors and Board
Anna Cederstav is one of the two 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 one of two Co-Executive Directors of AIDA. She is responsible for AIDA’s legal efforts and organizational management. Originally from Colombia, Astrid has worked for AIDA since 2003 and from AIDA’s office at CEMDA in Mexico City since 2004. 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 Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia. Astrid has been a member of the Board of Directors of EarthRights International since 2014, and also sits on the board of International Rivers.
Legal and communications team
Carlos Lozano Acosta
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.
Ariel Pérez Castellón
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 Universidad Católica de 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.
Rodrigo da Costa Sales
Rodrigo de Costa Sales is a Brazilian attorney currently working in AIDA’s Human Rights & Environment Program. He has a masters in International Human Rights Law from the University of Notre Dame. He has worked at the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and with various organizations dedicated to the protection of victims in Brazil.
Dena DeBry is a fine artist and web developer. She runs Buttonwillow Six, a small web development company based in Salt Lake City. To see more, visit http://www.buttonwillowsix.com.
Gladys Martínez is our senior attorney for the Marine Biodiversity and Coastal Protection Program, working out of AIDA’s offices in San Jose, Costa Rica. She 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.
Anna Miller is a media specialist and freelance journalist from Buffalo, New York. She has traveled extensively in Latin America and now counts Colombia as one of her homes. As part of AIDA’s communications team, Anna crafts English language content for the website and social media channels. She graduated cum laude from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.
Sandra Moguel is a Mexican attorney based in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. She studied environmental law at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México 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.
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.
Tania Noguera is AIDA’s Communications Manager/Development Associate and works out of the San Francisco, California office. In these roles Tania oversees and implements AIDA’s campaigns, outreach, marketing, and events to inform the public about AIDA’s work. Tania's forward-looking management of AIDA’s communications team and her work in the development department strengthens the community-based support on which AIDA depends. Originally from Ecuador, Tania holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. She is deeply committed to protecting indigenous and local communities from environmental harm and is honored to contribute to AIDA’s work throughout the Americas.
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.
Andrea Rodríguez Osuna
Andrea Rodríguez Osuna is our senior attorney 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.
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
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.
Wayne Salazar has helped environmental attorneys to define project goals and objectives since 2003. He was Director of Foundation Relations at Earthjustice for ten years before joining the AIDA team in 2013. He led a team that raised $48 million for projects that address marine protection, climate change, biodiversity and public lands conservation, air and water quality, and environmental justice through national and international law. His background in donor development, strategic planning, project development, and communications also includes work with agencies providing poverty law, social service, and art programs. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Hunter College.
María José Veramendi Villa
María José Veramendi Villa is our senior attorney for the Human Rights and Environment Program, working out of Lima, Peru. She is a Peruvian lawyer with degrees from the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. She has a diploma in Women and Human Rights: Theory and Practice from the Universidad de 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 Universidad Iberoamericana 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.
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.
AIDA Board of Directors
Manuel Morales, Ecuador
Executive Director, ECOLEX
Pedro Solano, Perú
Executive Director, Peruvian Society for Environmental Law (SPDA)
Margot Venton, Canada
Staff Lawyer, Ecojustice
Chief Financial Officer
Martin Wagner, USA
International Program Managing Attorney, Earthjustice
Other Board Members
Rafael Gonzalez, Costa Rica
President, Justice for Nature (JPN)
Gustavo Alanís, Mexico
President, Mexican Environmental Law Center (CEMDA)
Jerónimo Rodriguez, Colombia
Environment Program Coordinator in Colombia, German Cooperation Agency
Santiago Cantón, USA
Executive Director of RFK Partners for Human Rights, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights