Auraluz Guzmán Torres
Director of Education and Community Alliances
Auraluz’s academic and professional backgrounds have been focused on systemic and holistic approaches to addressing environmental and social issues. She has a BS in Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico and an MA in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Through her professional work experience, Auraluz has been involved in the development of environmental education programs and nonprofit organizations in Puerto Rico and the United States, serving as a coordinator, director and educator. She is also a weaver of collaborative relationships and alliances between diverse stakeholders in the arena of sustainability on the island. She is passionate about education as a means to instill ecological awareness, and a practitioner of agro-ecology and urban gardening.
María E. Ocasio Torres has over 20 years of experience in STEM Research and over 10 years in Education. She did a Postdoc in Biology at FIU, she holds a PhD in Biology with a specialty in Ecology and Systematics from UPR-RP and a B.Sc. in Coastal Marine Biology from UPR-Humacao. She has done research in many fields of science including Ecology, Aquatic and Marine biology Conservation, and Climate change. María is passionate about spreading the word about how everyone (the common folk, businesses, organizations, and the government) can make small changes in our actions, which can have big positive impacts on our environment, community, and local and circular economy. María has written editorials related to environmental issues for El Nuevo Día and collaborated with Camille Padilla Dalmau from 9 Millones in two news articles about the landfill crisis in Puerto Rico and local solutions to this crisis.
Brigitte has over 15 years of experience working with non-profits in marketing, PR, strategic partnerships, program & audience development and community building. She has worked with The Rubin Museum of Art, NYU’s School for Art & Public Policy, The Actors Fund Home, Educators for Social Responsibility, The Institute on the Arts & Civic Dialogue, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Urban Stages & Women’s Project Theater, among others. She holds an M.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.A. from Purdue University. After 25 years as a performer, director and producer in New York City & New Jersey, Brigitte is now a permanent resident of San Juan, where she helps organize a playwright collective – El Colectivo, as well as acting as a Co-Ambassador to Puerto Rico for the Dramatists Guild of America. She is the Ambassador for the Purdue Alumni Network of Puerto Rico and the new VP of Programs & Communications for the Puerto Rico chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW-PR). Brigitte is grateful to be working with this passionate and committed team at LimPiaR to create a way to a cleaner and greener Puerto Rico.