Laboratorio Director, Principal
Jorge Figueroa is a Puerto Rican poet and a water and conservation policy wonk. His work revolves around connecting the dots and facilitating collaborative projects that advance cultural, ecological, and economic resiliency in the real world. For the past ten years Jorge’s work has focused on developing environmental solutions with and for governors, mayors, state and local agencies, municipal utilities, local communities, and other partner organizations.
He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law, with certificates in environmental and international law; and a Master of Forestry from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, with a focus on social ecology.
Prior to joining Americas for Conservation + the Arts, Jorge worked for Western Resource Advocates as a Senior Water Policy Analyst. He also served as Project Associate and Research Faculty Member for the Governors’ Climate and Forests (GCF) Task Force at the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder. He was a Fulbright Scholar in India on Climate Change Innovation and Community Forestry with the Centre for Ecological Sciences of the India Institute of Science-Bengaluru. He was also an American Bar Association Environmental Law Fellow with the Urban Program of the National Resources Defense Council.
Jorge was a featured poet at the Pablo Neruda Centenary Presidential Medal of Honor Award Ceremony given by President Ricardo Lagos (Chile) to Ricardo Alegría, founder of the Institute of Culture of Puerto Rico (Centro de Estudios Avanzados, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2004).