A Colombian Citizen, Marcela holds a BA degree in Political Science from the University of South Florida (USA), where she focused on Government and International Affairs, and a J.D. degree with a concentration in Environmental Law from Stetson University College of Law (SUCOL) (USA). She is fluent in Spanish and English. Marcela gained experience on international environmental and U.S. environmental law issues, particularly wetlands law and policy, as a Biodiversity Fellow and as a Teaching Assistant of International Environmental Law at SUCOL. She also worked as a legal intern for U.S. government environmental agencies such as the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County, Florida, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She joined the Secretariat in February 2013 to assist with the implementation of the STRP’s work plan, bringing her enthusiasm and commitment to wetland conservation.