AFC+A Chief Innovation Officer
Jorge Figueroa holds degrees in law and forestry from Elisabeth Haub School of Law and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His work focuses on advancing cultural resiliency and resilient food-energy-water systems in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean; helping the people of San Luis Rio Colorado bring back and enjoy their Colorado River in perpetuity, and protecting the West’s sacred landscapes for our future generations. As Chief Innovation Officer, his role is that of engaging and connecting leaders, creating networks, and harnessing the power of markets, incentives, and technology. He is also responsible for building and running El Laboratorio (The Laboratory), to develop solutions and partnerships to advance these goals.
Prior to joining Americas for Conservation + the Arts, Jorge worked for Western Resource Advocates for 8 years as a Senior Water Policy Analyst, developing innovative processes and solutions with and for governors, state agencies, utilities, local communities, and other partner organizations. He also served as Project Associate/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.