|Title:||Manager, Market Development|
|Languages spoken:||English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian (basic), French (basic)|
Carina is the Market Development Manager at Verra. In this role, she analyzes opportunities for the full range of Verra standards in evolving and emerging carbon markets, sustainable development impacts, plastic waste recovery, sustainable landscapes and supply chains. She will engage with strategic stakeholders to support increased use of the standards, while seeking feedback for continual improvement of Verra standards.
Carina’s work experience has focused on incentive-based conservation and carbon markets. She has worked throughout Latin America and in parts of Africa, gaining broad exposure to payment-for-ecosystem-services mechanisms and nature-based climate mitigation frameworks. While at Forest Trends, she launched and managed the Tropical America Katoomba Group, an international working group dedicated to advancing markets and payments for ecosystem services; later, Carina directed the Spanish-version of Ecosystem Marketplace, an online information portal about markets for ecosystem services. During her time at Climate Focus, she worked primarily on REDD projects and policies. She also participated in field testing and incorporating stakeholder comments into the first version of the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard.
Carina earned double Master’s degrees from the Energy and Resources Group and the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, during which time she became a Switzer Environmental Fellow. She completed her undergraduate studies in her native country of Mexico in International Relations at the Universidad Iberoamericana.
After becoming a climate refugee following Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico, Carina and her family settled in Austin, Texas.