Team and Board
Anna Cederstav is one of the two AIDA’s Co-Executive Directors. Having worked for AIDA since 1997, she is responsible for program and organizational development. Anna has significant expertise in the environmental impacts of mining and other extractive activities, as well as marine resource management. She holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.S. from Yale University. Anna is based in San Francisco, California, where she also manages the Latin America work of the Earthjustice International Program.
Astrid Puentes is one of two Co-Executive Directors of AIDA. She is responsible for AIDA’s legal efforts and organizational management. Originally from Colombia, Astrid has worked for AIDA since 2003 and from AIDA’s office at CEMDA in Mexico City since 2004. She has significant experience with public interest litigation, especially in the field of human rights and the environment. Astrid holds an LL.M. in Comparative Law from the University of Florida, a Masters in Environmental Law from the University of the Basque Country, and a J. D. from the Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia. Astrid has been a member of the Board of Directors of EarthRights International since 2014, and also sits on the board of International Rivers.
Legal and communications team
Carlos Lozano Acosta
Carlos Lozano Acosta is a Colombian lawyer and our senior attorney for the Freshwater Preservation Program. He works with AIDA out of Bogotá, Colombia. He has an LL.M. in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from the University of Oregon, United States, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar. He has worked as a researcher and consultant for Colombian and international NGOs as well as cooperation agencies on issues of public law. He also has participated on teams providing technical assistance to Colombia’s Ministry of Environment on environmental licensing and hazardous waste management.
Rodrigo da Costa Sales
Rodrigo da Costa Sales is a Brazilian attorney currently working in AIDA’s Human Rights & Environment Program. He has a masters in International Human Rights Law from the University of Notre Dame. He has worked at the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and with various organizations dedicated to the protection of victims in Brazil.
Dena DeBry is a fine artist and web developer. She runs Buttonwillow Six, a small web development company based in Salt Lake City. To see more, visit http://www.buttonwillowsix.com.
Gladys Martínez is our senior attorney for the Marine Biodiversity and Coastal Protection Program, working out of AIDA’s offices in San Jose, Costa Rica. She has helped bring AIDA victories from protecting endangered turtles and coastal areas through litigation and the development of environmentally sustainable policies. Gladys received her law degree from the Universidad de Costa Rica, and holds a master’s degree in Environment, Security and Peace from the United Nations University-UPEACE.
Anna Miller is a media specialist and freelance journalist from Buffalo, New York. She has traveled extensively in Latin America and now counts Colombia as one of her homes. As part of AIDA’s communications team, Anna crafts English language content for the website and social media channels. She graduated cum laude from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.
Verónica Muriel Carrioni
Verónica Muriel Carrioni is coordinator of the Environmental Justice Network of Colombia. A Colombian attorney, she works from AIDA’s office in Bogota. Veronica has an LL.M in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis and Clark Law School in Oregon, United States, where she was part of the International Law Clinic. She has experience negotiating international multilateral environmental agreements. She is also well versed in the practice of environmental, mining, and hydrocarbon law.
Aída Navarro is based in Ensenada, Mexico and supports AIDA’s fundraising and communication efforts. A native of Mexico, she has extensive experience coordinating conservation projects in the Baja California Peninsula, including international outreach and media campaigns to promote marine conservation since 2002. Aída holds and MSc in Environment and Development from the University of East Anglia and a B. A. in International Trade from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.
Tania Noguera is AIDA’s Communications Manager/Development Associate and works out of the San Francisco, California office. In these roles Tania oversees and implements AIDA’s campaigns, outreach, marketing, and events to inform the public about AIDA’s work. Tania's forward-looking management of AIDA’s communications team and her work in the development department strengthens the community-based support on which AIDA depends. Originally from Ecuador, Tania holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. She is deeply committed to protecting indigenous and local communities from environmental harm and is honored to contribute to AIDA’s work throughout the Americas.
Florencia Ortúzar works for AIDA from Santiago, Chile. She obtained her Law degree (2006) from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and also completed an MSc in Environmental Politics and Regulation (2011) at the London School of Economics (LSE) in England. She joined our team in 2012 and has contributed to AIDA’s work on climate change issues. She enjoys spending time with her pets as well as cooking, camping and nature trekking.
Victor Quintanilla Sangüeza
Marcella Ribeiro d'Ávila Lins Torres
Marcella Ribeiro d’Avila Lins Torres is a Brazilian attorney. She is currently a consultant of the AIDA's Human Rights and Environment Program, working from our office in Bogota, Colombia. Marcella has an LL.M in International Human Rights Law from the University of Notre Dame, United States. She is well versed in the practice of human rights law, especially economic, social and cultural rights. She has worked at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
Magie Rodríguez works with the Marine Biodiversity and Coastal Protection Program from San José, Costa Rica. She is currently completing her degree in Law, with a focus on environmental law, from the University of Costa Rica. There she has assisted with research on environmental law and agronomy, and has developed various extracurricular activities related to marine biology. Through AIDA she contributes to the conservation of the marine and coastal environment of Latin America, especially in matters of fisheries.
Wayne Salazar has helped environmental attorneys to define project goals and objectives since 2003. He was Director of Foundation Relations at Earthjustice for ten years before joining the AIDA team in 2013. He led a team that raised $48 million for projects that address marine protection, climate change, biodiversity and public lands conservation, air and water quality, and environmental justice through national and international law. His background in donor development, strategic planning, project development, and communications also includes work with agencies providing poverty law, social service, and art programs. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Hunter College.
Camilo Thompson is a Mexican attorney with the Marine Biodiversity and Coastal Protection Program. He works with AIDA from Chiapas, Mexico. He has a Masters of Science in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from Colorado State University and a Professional Master's Degree in Leadership for Conservation through Learning from the Colegio de la Frontera Sur. He has studied international environmental law at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research and has taken various international seminars with the US Forest Service and the Conservation Leadership Program. He has worked as a consultant for Mexican and international NGOs, primarily related to the integral management of hydrological basins, public policy initiatives on climate change, and sustainable forest management.
Claudia Velarde Ponce de León
Claudia Velarde Ponce de León is a Bolivian attorney with AIDA's Freshwater Preservation Program. She works with AIDA from Cochabamba, Bolivia. Claudia has a Masters in Environmental Management from the Universidad de León in Spain, with a speciality in the management and conservation of natural areas. She has worked on public policy development, protected areas management, watershed management, climate change, food sovereignty, agroecology and environmental health.
Alynne Velázquez Guedea
Alynne Velázquez Guedea works as AIDA’s Executive Assistant from our Mexico City Office. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Universidad de las Américas, A.C., as well as various diplomas in history from Mexico’s National Autonomous University. She has volunteered for various organizations that help vulnerable communities. Alynne joined our team in 2016 and works on administrative, operational and human resources issues. She enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, spending time with her family and pets, and reading.
Kim Winters coordinates AIDA’s individual donor fund development. She has 25 years of experience in fund and program development, and communications campaigns that benefit values-based causes in environmental conservation, education, justice, and community-building. She holds a Master's in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a B.A. in Political Science from Guilford College.
Laura Yaniz is a Mexican freelance journalist and social media content editor. As part of AIDA’s communications team, she runs efforts to spread news about the organization’s work on social networks. She has a BA in media and journalism from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) in Monterrey, Mexico, and a diploma in national security from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM). She is interested in social and environmental issues, especially environmental security.
AIDA Board of Directors
Manuel Morales, Ecuador
Executive Director, ECOLEX
Pedro Solano, Perú
Executive Director, Peruvian Society for Environmental Law (SPDA)
Margot Venton, Canada
Staff Lawyer, Ecojustice
Chief Financial Officer
Martin Wagner, USA
International Program Managing Attorney, Earthjustice
Rafael Gonzalez, Costa Rica
President, Justice for Nature (JPN)
Gustavo Alanís, Mexico
President, Mexican Environmental Law Center (CEMDA)
Jerónimo Rodriguez, Colombia
Environment Program Coordinator in Colombia, German Cooperation Agency