Christina McCain

mccainChristina McCain, Director, Latin America, Global Climate, Environmental Defense Fund

Dr. Christina McCain leads Environmental Defense Fund’s climate change initiatives in Mexico. She works with government and non-government partners in Mexico to develop effective policy design for greenhouse gas mitigation and market-based solutions across sectors, including the forest sector.

Before joining EDF in 2009, Dr. McCain served as a foreign affairs officer at the U.S. Department of State in the Office of Ecology and Natural Resource Conservation and the Office of the Science & Technology Adviser to the Secretary. She is a former Science Policy Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. McCain’s areas of expertise include climate change policy, carbon markets, tropical forest policy, Latin America, and international trade and environmental policy. She speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese, and earned her Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Miami in 2005, conducting field research in the Central Amazon on the effects of deforestation. She holds a B.S. in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology from the University of Texas at Austin.