As Kiribati Program Officer, Norma works with the Government of Kiribati to develop and implement projects designed to create climate change resilient, diversified and secure livelihoods through support to green micro-businesses and improved, climate change resilient infrastructure services.
Norma has over 10 years of experience in project management focusing on sustainable development, community and rural development, strategic communications and private sector development. She has worked for several years as a consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) focusing on community development and strategic communications and as a Fellow for the Ministry of Finance, Malaysia, under the Ministry’s National Blue Ocean Strategy to promote sustainable agricultural businesses, among others.
A native of Puerto Rico, Norma has also lived and worked in Costa Rica, Chile, Fiji, India, Malaysia and the United States. As a volunteer, she has undertaken agricultural development assignments in Barbados and Laos.
She holds a Dual Master of Arts Degree in International Affairs from American University, Washington, D.C., U.S. and a Master of Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from the United Nations University for Peace, San Jose, Costa Rica. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations with a Minor in Economics from Florida International University, Florida, U.S.