Maria Francisca Paz y Miño is a native Ecuadorian living in New York City. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management – focusing her research on regional migration trends in Latin America and the components of environmental social injustices. Her research looks to understand in depth new policies, economic inclusive solutions and push for democratic debates. Maria Francisca holds a B.A in International Relations and Political Science from Universidad San Francisco de Quito and an M.A in Development Economics from the New School.
Regarding her professional working experience, she has worked for the Permanent Mission of Ecuador to the United Nations in New York working on the rights of indigenous communities, as a consultant to the United Nations Development Programe for Latin America and the Caribbean, at the Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) and the Human Rights Foundation. As a an activist and political advisor to several organizations, her expertise is in international economic development planning, project management, fundraising, and technology strategies to strengthen democracy.
She currently is part of the board of a non-governmental organization in Quito Ecuador that works to promote social inclusion and education to kids with special abilities. She has worked both at the local and governmental levels and is seeking to understand law in depth, specifically understanding the questions, “what is identity?” and “how can migrants become social and impactful actors in society to help create better policies and social programs?”