Maria Alejandra Belalcazar - Environmental Program Manager

Operations Manager - Photographer for ETIV do Brasil - Volunteer in Itacaré

Maria Alejandra is an accomplished, solutions-oriented, trilingual Urban Planner and Climate Reality Leader® with a vast and diverse working experience within the development and environmental sectors.

Born in Bogotá, Colombia, she moved to the United States at a young age. Upon her graduation in Urban Planning & Sustainable Development at University of California - San Diego (UCSD), she spent a year throughout Southeast Asia, working on conservation and community-development projects in Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.

Driven by the goal of promoting a positive change in her home country, she moved back to Colombia in 2015. There she worked as a Project Assistant for Territorial Management with Colombian Campaign Against Land Mines and as a Community Development Assistant for Consorcio KGM before starting her own social enterprise, a recycling company called Simbiosis based in Cartagena de Índias.

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Following her desire to further her studies about climate change and renewable energy, she relocated to San Diego, California, in 2017 and joined the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) as a Project Associate for the Self-Generation Incentive Program. She became a Climate Reality Leader® during the Los Angeles training in 2018.

Alejandra is known for having a relentless desire to serve the most vulnerable communities, with interest in finding and applying incentives that propel people to reach their ultimate developmental potential while considering social-environmental justice.

When she is not working, she is reading novels, listening to interesting podcasts, knitting, surfing, watching films and TED Talks, and enjoying the outdoors with her partner and four-legged son Otto.

She joined ETIV do Brasil as an Environmental Program Manager in January 2019.