Committed to the Cause
EDIL SEPÚLVEDA CARLO
Edil is a NASA scientist, licensed attorney, climate change expert, and Diaspora organizer, currently living in the Washington, D.C. area. He is a staff research scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where he works as the Applications Coordinator for NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System Initiative. After Hurricane Maria’s devastation in Puerto Rico, some of his work has shifted towards disaster recovery and resilience. Edil has been part of NASA's Black Marble Science Team, which recently was awarded the Agency's Group Achievement Medal for their efforts to support Puerto Rico’s recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Before working at NASA, Edil was a consultant on climate change and environmental legal issues for the Government of Puerto Rico.
LUIS PONCE RUIZ
Luis is SEIU Local 105’s Strategic Campaign and Research Director and a 2016 Latino Leadership Institute Fellow. A Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service graduate, he also holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico. His work and experience is focused on the intersection of law, human and labor rights, and community empowerment. In 2014 he served the United Nations Development Program in Peru to support COP-20. Fluent in Spanish, he is also competent in French and Portuguese, and has sought additional certifications in data analytics, political communication, regional and comparative law, and international business transactions in South America and Asia. He currently serves in the Denver Regional Board of the Book Trust.
Daniel is an international law attorney in Washington, D.C. His areas of expertise are: transnational investments; rule of law; human rights; and conflict resolution, including litigation in US and foreign courts; with a focus in Latin America and Europe. He is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and reads French. Daniel is licensed in New York, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico as well as the U.S. Federal District Court and Bankruptcy Court for the District of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He holds a Masters in International and Comparative Law from the George Washington University in Washington D.C., and a Licenciatura en Derecho from the University of Barcelona. He completed his Juris Doctor at the University of Puerto Rico, School of Law and holds a B.S. in Finance degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.
BÁRBARA JIMÉNEZ SANTIAGO
Human Rights Advisor
Bárbara, a feminist and human rights lawyer, is Equality Now's Americas Regional Coordinator. She has 10 years of experience advocating for access to justice, gender equality and the elimination of discrimination and violence against girls and women in Puerto Rico and in the Latin American and Caribbean region. Her favorite quote is from Nilita Vientós Gastón, a Puerto Rican lawyer, writer, journalist and professor. She said that she was moved by three principles: "Unconformity with everything that needs to be improved. Dissent with everything that offends human dignity and should be changed. Unlimited enthusiasm to fight for dissenters and dissidents."
DIANA ISABEL SOTOMAYOR
Diana currently works in Brussels, Belgium. She is interested in working from a systems thinking perspective to address the social, environmental and political global forces that influence and shape health, particularly that of the most vulnerable. She brings a wealth of knowledge in communications, advocacy, and policy from her work in the United States Congress, the World Health Organisation and the European Commission. Diana holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Global Health from the University of Copenhagen, and her previous experience includes working with government, civil society and multilateral organizations in Puerto Rico, United States, Ecuador, Spain, Belgium and Denmark on issues ranging from health systems and policies, to governance for health and equity.
Energy Grid and Green New Deal Advisor
Maggie is a scientific programmer and analyst in the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where she uses remote sensing and advanced analytical methods to study Earth systems, energy, environmental, and carbon cycle sciences. She graduated from the University of North Carolina with degrees in Mathematics and Geography, and has a Master’s in Geospatial Information Sciences from the University of Maryland.