Chief Executive Officer
Manuel Oliva has over twenty-five years of experience working on a broad range of climate change and natural resource conservation issues across different sectors (e.g., agriculture, energy, urban, rural), and in collaboration with diverse global partners (e.g., local and national governments, private sector, local communities). Manuel has served in leadership positions for such organizations as the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Conservation International and the city of Washington D.C.
Manuel has managed diverse professional staff, and has led the successful development of innovative climate change policies and on-the-ground projects at the international, national and local levels. In addition, Manuel has extensive experience building strong relationships with a wide-range of partners and communities to craft climate change mitigation and resiliency strategies that emphasize natural resource conservation and address critical social justice issues:
Manuel has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland and is a native Spanish speaker. Growing up in the lush highlands of Guatemala, Manuel developed a passion early on for nature, as well as strong coffee. Manuel is an avid hiker, an amateur photographer, and a very amateur painter.