As the policy coordinator for Wildlands Network’s Mexico Program, Gina Ileana Chacon works to increase support for private lands conservation, federal Natural Protected Areas, wildlife corridors, and improved enforcement practices around wildlife protections.
Born in Mexico City, Gina holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies and a master’s degree in political and social studies, both from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. In 2013, she was awarded a Hubert Humphrey Fellowship, as part of the Fulbright program, and received a Certificate of Advanced Study in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, in New York. Over the last 10 years, Gina has worked as a researcher for organizations in both Mexico and the U.S. that promote citizen participation and the defense of human rights. Since 2014, her work has focused on research and analysis of public policies including agency budget analysis and transparency and accountability of the environmental sector. Gina joined Wildlands Network with a strong interest for improving public policies that can grant effective protections of the environment, in harmony with the defense of human rights.
Gina lives in Mexico City and is an environmentalist by conviction. Since she was a little girl, she learned love and respect for nature from her parents. Passionate about history, she adores traveling, doing pilates, playing with her tuxedo cat, and reading detective novels. Her dreams include learning the art of raising cacti from her sister, diving the coast of the Sea of Cortez with her brother, and hiking the French Pyrenees with her partner.