Research Associate, MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative
Marcela is a Research Associate at 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 Nature Based Solutions (NBS) 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 and nature-based solutions to mitigate climate change, conserve strategic ecosystems, and reduce environmental risk, while generating local economic development and prosperity for local communities located in strategic ecosystems in Latin America. Her previous work includes the development of spatial analysis tools and qualitative research to orient park development and tree planting strategies to make the distribution of ecological services from green public spaces more equitable in urban areas.
Marcela has a Masters in City Planning (MCP) from MIT and a Summa Cum Laude B.A in Architecture from Los Andes University in Bogotá, Colombia.