EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CÉSAR GUERRERO
César is a committed researcher and dedicated naturalist. He began his career at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, the acronym in Spanish), where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. He continued his academic studies in the Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education at Ensenada (CICESE, the acronym in Spanish) to pursue a Master’s Degree in Marine Ecology from the Department of Biological Oceanography.
Since then, he has coordinated conservation projects and outreach programs that use applied and functional science. Although Cesar always wanted to specialize in marine and coastal environments, he has acquired great experience in developing terrestrial conservation projects. In addition, he constantly travels across Baja California’s coasts to raise awareness about the responsible use of the natural resources, to apply different projects about ecology and biology, and to ensure the conservation of different priority species.
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCES LEADER, MERCEDES VEGA
Mercedes earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC, for its acronym in Spanish) campus of Ensenada. She is currently working as the Administraton and Finances Leader since January of 2014.
Mercedes supports the development department and monitors project budgets. Additionally, she is in charge of managing donor requirements and reports.
ADMINISTRATION AND HUMAN RESOURCES COORDINATOR, KAREN SANDOVAL
Karen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC, for its acronym in Spanish) campus of Ensenada. She has worked closely with other scientific organizations which has allowed her to acquire the necessary experience to manage an environmental nonprofit such as Terra Peninsular.
Since January of 2014, Karen has worked as the Administration and Human Resources Coordinator of this organization. She is in charge of human resources and developing management strategies to support our work.
LAND PROTECTION COORDINATOR, VERÓNICA MEZA
Veronica obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC, its acronym in Spanish) and a Master’s of Science Degree in Use, Management, and Preservation of Natural Resources with a focus on Arid Environments, from the Northwest Center for Biological Research (CIBNOR, its acronym in Spanish).
Since the beginning of her career she has worked with different NGOs, and has participated in various research projects, including a study to define the reproductive season of the lizard Aspidoscelis hyperythra through hormonal and color analysis. Currently, she works as Habitat Protection Program Coordinator in Terra Peninsular. Her efforts are focused on developing conservation and land management projects in San Quintín Bay, Valle Tranquilo, the Guadalupe watershed, and the San Simón watershed.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR, JORGE ANDRADE
Jorge is a committed biologist interested in GIS, remote sensing, entomology, rural and indigenous communities, and community ecology and development. From his childhood he has been immersed in rural systems and ecosystems in Baja California. As a biologist, he has confirmed that social and environmental components are indivisible, and that they must be considered as part of a whole and complex system.
He also believes natural resources management and conservation will succeed as long as the perspectives and interests of the local residents are integrated. These beliefs, together with his commitment for Baja California, the ecosystems and its people, have been important during his personal and academic journey.
Jorge graduated with a degree in Biology, specializing in Environmental Management, and received a Master’s Degree with honors in Ecosystems Management in Arid Zones, all from UABC.
FIELD AND OPERATIONS OFFICER, ENRIQUE ALFARO
Born next to the ocean in Ensenada B.C. and passionate about Mediterranean climate. Enrique grew up between Ojos Negros Valley, Sierra de Juárez, the desert and both coasts of the peninsula. He studied in the Universidad Autónoma de Nayarit and obtained a degree in Agronomy.
Enrique represents Terra Peninsular in all areas of conservation, he’s commitment to conservation, always available and enthusiastic.
DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS LEADER
Bárbara is a translator who graduated from the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC, its acronym in Spanish). Since her arrival in Baja California a couple of years ago, she was impressed by the beautiful landscapes of the peninsula and decided to stay.
Her most notable encounter with science was when she participated as an interpreter in a lecture on great white sharks, after that a new interest arose: conservation. Coupled with her passion as a translator, this motivated her to be part of Terra Peninsular. She is currently the Development and Communication Leader, in charge of designing and implementing fundraising and communication strategies.
COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS COORDINATOR, ANTONIETA VALENZUELA
Antonieta received a Bachelor’s Degree in Translation from the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC, its acronym in Spanish), and was born in Ensenada, Baja California. From childhood she has been interested in recycling and environmental care, thanks in part to the teachings of her family.
After graduating, she worked at a local newspaper as a journalist, and that experience helped her to improve her professional development. Nowadays, Antonieta works as Communication and Public Relations Coordinator at Terra Peninsular, where she is responsible of internal and external communication, managing the website, developing and applying communication strategies in cooperation with the Development Department, among other activities.
FOUNDATION LIASION ASSISTANT, PAULINA LLANO
Paulina has a Bachelor’s Degree in Translation from the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC, for its acronym in Spanish). From her brief time studying Environmental Sciences, she developed an interest for the care of the environment.
At Terra Peninsular, Paulina combines her passion for languages with her concern for the ecological well-being of our planet by working in the Foundation Liaison Department. She is in charge of facilitating the communication between national and international foundations and Terra Peninsular, and keeping track of reports and proposals.
RESPONSIBLE FOR CLEANING, JUVENTINA PALMAS