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Driven by the need to create a more just and inclusive transition towards a sustainable future, Ana has been working on climate change issues for over 13 years, focusing on sustainable local economic development and the empowerment of diverse actors such as young people, women and girls.

As Co-Founder and Managing Director at the Youth Climate Lab, Ana leads the operations of the organization, developing and implementing resources needed to accelerate our impact by empowering youth in climate entrepreneurship and policy.

Ana also leads an Innovation Fund through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Partnership for Municipal Innovation in Local Economic Development. This fund provides small-scale granting for innovative solutions that benefit communities, with a particular focus on women and youth, across six countries.

Prior to her current roles, Ana worked with the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program, supporting over 340 local governments in their efforts to take action on climate change across Canada. She was also a long-time volunteer with Green Economy Canada and Sustainable Waterloo Region where she became passionate about community-led action, and the need to connect those efforts to national and international policy levels.