Carina Bracer

Title: Manager, United States and Canada
Joined Verra: 2019
Languages spoken:English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian (basic), French (basic)

As Manager, United States and Canada, Carina analyzes opportunities for the full range of Verra standards in evolving and emerging voluntary and compliance carbon markets and mechanisms, with a focus on enhancing sustainable development impacts. She leads Verra’s engagement with a variety of strategic stakeholders in North America and Canada to support increased understanding and participation in the VCM and leverage the valuable role of high quality independent standards to urgent climate action.

Carina’s work experience has focused on incentive-based conservation and carbon markets. Prior to Verra, she worked throughout Latin America and in parts of Africa, liaising with local actors to design and implement payment-for-ecosystem-services mechanisms and nature-based climate mitigation frameworks. While at Forest Trends, she launched and managed the Tropical America Katoomba Group and later 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 finalizing 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 University of California-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 from Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico, Carina and her family settled in Austin, Texas.


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