Director of Programs
Climate and Land Use Alliance
For over 13 years, Carolina Zambrano-Barragán has worked at the intersection of climate action, human rights, and conservation. She has held leadership positions in the public, philanthropic, and non-profit sectors contributing to sustainability, advancing rights, and climate resilient development in Latin America and globally.
Most recently, Carolina was the Climate Justice Lead at Hivos, and previously, their program director for All Eyes on the Amazon and Amazon Indigenous Health Route. Before joining Hivos, Carolina led climate, environment and innovation policies and programs in Ecuador; she was Vice Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation; Undersecretary of Climate Change; and Director of Environmental Policy for the City of Quito. She also managed Avina Foundation’s Sustainable Cities program in Latin America.
Carolina started her career as a biologist and has a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard University and a Master of Environmental Management from Yale University.