Monica has worked development and environmental issues and politics for over 20 years and collaborates regularly with leaders in civil society, government, and business with a focus on climate action and advocacy. She is the Founding Director of Costa Rica Limpia, a citizen platform that promotes clean development and democracy. She founded Nivela in early 2014, developing the concept for the organization for about two years.
She was a lead negotiator for Costa Rica in the climate negotiations and in the past worked at the Ministry of Foreign Trade, the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, Climate Change Capital and as advisor to multiple organizations.
She is a member of the Steering Committee of the UNEP Gap Emissions Report since 2012 and co-chairs the Steering Committee of the Low Emissions Development Strategies Platform for Latin America and the Caribbean. She is a senior associate at E3G since 2009.
Monica has authored more than 50 publications, frequently writes in the press and speaks to the media. Monica has a Master in economic policy (National University in Costa Rica) and a Master and Doctorate degrees in environmental management from Yale University.