The Local Pathways Fellowship is a 10-month action-oriented training program, where young innovators leverage their insights to develop tailored solutions to local challenges and take charge of the project from ideation to execution.
Ana is the Project Lead of the Local Pathways Fellowship (LPF) at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth Initiative. Her main focus is on the sustainability of urban environments. She believes that the sustainable development goals are a young and urban affair and that is why I have focused my efforts on building capacity among the youth to capitalize on their potential to advance problem-solving in cities. She has effectively scaled up the fellowship from a pilot into an annual program with 4 cohorts under its belt, successfully growing it into a network of 356 fellows from 170 different cities who are leading change on the ground. Showcasing what can be done when young urbanists worldwide connect to advance problem-solving in cities and highlights their potential. As a sustainable cities and innovation advocate, her background combines experience from multiple sectors at the intersection of smart cities, innovation ecosystems, and sustainable urban development. Ana previously worked as a Program Associate at the Urban Tech Hub connecting local innovators with government, academia, business, and community both within their cities and around the world. She also ran operations at Smart Cities New York and Solar Power Mexico where she delivered events that convened global thought leaders to share effective strategies to deploy smart cities technologies. Prior to this, she gained experience in city infrastructure from my time at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection. Ana holds a Master’s degree in Sustainability of Urban Environments from the City University of New York and a Bachelor’s in Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico.
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