Marcelo joined Andes Amazon Fund in February 2022. He has more than 20 years of experience working with local stakeholders and Indigenous organizations in Latin America on protected area creation and management, land use planning, integrated watershed management, ecosystem service analysis, and developing data-driven decision support tools for environmental management. Marcelo is developing and managing a portfolio of grants to support Andes Amazon Fund’s partners, primarily in Ecuador and Brazil.
Before coming to the Andes Amazon Fund, Marcelo led projects at Stanford University’s Natural Capital Project to research environmental services in Latin America. He worked alongside local stakeholders to use these results to generate new policies and tools to promote the conservation of critical ecosystems. Marcelo has also worked for The Nature Conservancy in several positions such as Regional Manager for the Andean Amazon, Science Director, and Spatial Information Program Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean. Marcelo is a Geographic Engineer from the Polytechnic School (ESPE) in Quito, Ecuador. He completed post-graduate studies in remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems at the Spatial Research Institute (INPE) in Brazil, Stockholm University, the European Space Agency (Italy), and the French Space Agency. He also holds a Masters in environmental management from the Polytechnic School (ESPE).