Mariana is a Senior Manager for Urban Development at WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. She provides technical support to develop integrated planning approaches for cities to become resilient, inclusive, low-carbon places that are better for people and the planet. Currently, Mariana manages UrbanShift, a global partnership between UNEP, WRI, ICLEI and C40 Cities, funded by the GEF, that seeks to build capacity, share knowledge and raise climate leadership in global South cities. Mariana coordinates the partnership and leads WRI's work, including the City Academy, UrbanShift Labs, and geospatial analysis.
Prior to joining WRI, Mariana worked at the World Bank on urban investment projects and knowledge products focusing on slum upgrading, municipal infrastructure, affordable housing, urban planning and local economic development. She has edited books on urban regeneration and metropolitan integrated planning, both published by the World Bank. Prior to the World Bank, Mariana worked at the University of Michigan’s William Davidson Institute and at the Interamerican Development Bank.
Mariana holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from the Catholic University of La Plata, Argentina, and Master’s Degrees in Public Policy and Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.
Introducing the UrbanShift Online City Academy: Eight Essential Courses for Sustainable Urban Planning
The UrbanShift Online City Academy offers free access to eight robust, self-paced courses for furthering understanding around key planning themes.
Confronting the Urban Housing Crisis in the Global South
This paper presents strategies to build equitable cities through affordable and quality housing while also improving the environment and economy.