Margarita María Parra

Program Officer, Environment

Margarita María Parra is a Program Officer in Environment at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She works on grants to support sustainable transportation, a critical component of the foundation’s work to reduce transportation-related air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, China, India, Brazil and Europe. Margarita also leads the grantmaking to ensure that cities worldwide grow in sustainable and low-carbon ways.

Margarita joined the foundation in 2010 from ClimateWorks Foundation in San Francisco, where she helped develop strategies to reduce carbon emissions in Latin America. From 2001 to 2008, she worked for ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, starting its office in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and then moving to its office in Berkeley, California, in 2005. She led initiatives with municipalities around the world to quantify their emissions and implement different mitigation projects in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transportation, and waste management.

Earlier in her career, Margarita worked at Asociación Parque Entre Nubes, a grassroots nonprofit organization in Bogotá, Colombia, where she helped direct projects to improve waste management in the city’s eastern slums.

Margarita has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the National University of Colombia in Bogotá and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. She also has a diploma in population and sustainable development from the Centre for Development Studies in Trivandrum, affiliated with Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India.

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