Paulina Arroyo is a program officer for the Andes-Amazon Initiative.
Born in Ecuador and raised in Alexandria, Virginia, Paulina went to Ecuador for a “brief” period to do field work after graduating from college. Seventeen years later, she had dedicated her professional attention to working on conservation and development issues in Ecuador, focusing on local community participation in park and natural resource management. For several years she worked with grassroots Ecuadorian environmental NGOs, leading community conservation projects in the Andes and Amazon regions. Her strong commitment to participatory conservation led her to The Nature Conservancy, where she expanded her geographic scope to Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, and Venezuela. Recently, she served as the Conservancy’s Andes Amazon program manager, and as director of the Indigenous and Communal Lands Global Strategy.
Paulina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo, Canada and has carried out post-graduate studies in gender and natural resource management at FLACSO-Ecuador. She is bilingual in English and Spanish, and also speaks Portuguese.