Research Program Director, Natural Climate Solutions Program, MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative
Marcela Angel is Research Program Director at the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative ESI, where she conducts research in environmental planning and sustainable development, leveraging technology development and data analysis for community-based planning. She serves as the manager for the Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) Program, a collaboration among researchers, government, environmental planning authorities, and community groups, among others, aimed at designing, executing and disseminating innovative low-carbon and regenerative development models to mitigate climate change, conserve biodiversity, and reduce environmental risk, while generating local economic development and prosperity for communities located in vulnerable ecosystems. Her previous work at MIT´s Department of Urban Studies and Planning includes the development of spatial analysis tools and qualitative research to make the distribution of ecological services from green public spaces more equitable in urban areas.
Marcela has a Masters in City Planning (MCP´18) from MIT and a Summa Cum Laude B.A in Architecture from Los Andes University in Bogotá, Colombia.