Passionate about participation, global governance and social justice, Daniela is joining MIT after almost 10 years of professional experience in the national and international public and non-profit sector. She is leaving a position as Social Innovation and Participatory Planning Director at the Buenos Aires City Government, where she was responsible for community engagement and participatory planning at the Barrio 31 slum urbanization plan. She also worked at UNDP Argentina and collaborated with several Civil Society Organizations in her country as well as in Spain and Ethiopia. She holds an MA in International Cooperation and Public Policy (Madrid) and a BA in Political Science (University of Buenos Aires). She has also specialized at the Sorbonne (Paris, France), FLACSO (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and ECLAC (Santiago, Chile). Her research interests include participatory planning, global governance, collaborative creation, social justice and inequality.
Amber Kim has been driven by a lifelong desire to work towards a more sustainable and equitable future. She spent four years working with policymakers and stakeholders to advance clean water and environmental policies in Washington D.C. at the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the WateReuse Association. After working in federal policy, Amber fulfilled a longtime dream teaching English in France for a year. Now, Amber is now eager to learn and research how to address issues such as climate change and water resources management at the community and regional level at MIT. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Carleton College.
Zoë has a strong interest in how to better plan for and manage the nature and natural resources in and around our cities, particularly through inclusive, community-based processes and collaborative efforts. Her past experiences include a graduate fellowship with the Environmental Dispute Resolution Program in Salt Lake City, working with non-profits and a university research center on issues of environmental sustainability, and an internship with the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. Her primary current research interest is in collaborative approaches to natural resource management and urban climate change adaptation. Zoë holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Growth and Structure of Cities from Haverford College.
Emmett McKinney is inspired by the idea that every issue is local for somebody – and that every stakeholder matters. This principle informs his research interests in climate adaptation, spatial inequality, and how technology can better protect society’s most vulnerable. Before joining MIT, Emmett spent two years as a Research Associate at the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), where he worked directly with international governments, civil society organizations, and other experts to strengthen the rule of environmental law. Prior to ELI, Emmett researched private governance strategies for climate mitigation through Vanderbilt University Law School. Emmett holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy and French from Vanderbilt University.
Hannah-Hunt is motivated by solutions that promote inclusive economic development and environmental sustainability. This motivates her research on climate adaptation, environmental advocacy, and natural resource management. Trained as an architect, Hannah-Hunt worked in the green building space for four years on Net-Zero Energy and LEED certified buildings. She cares about the creating client-oriented solutions that reduce energy consumption and enhance collective well-being. She holds a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan.
Matías Williams is an engineer, entrepreneur and former civil servant, with eight years of professional experience. He holds a Computer Science Engineer degree from Buenos Aires Insitute of Technology, where, during his last year of study, he built a boutique software company called Wolox. After five rewarding years, he transitioned to the public sector, where he has been working in positions related to technology and innovation. His last position was Undersecretary for the Smart City at the Buenos Aires City Government. He is interested in the role of technology to improve governments’ capacity to create an equitable future.