Avriel Díaz, M.A.

Executive Director-Elect

Before joining GCSE, Avriel co-founded and served as Executive Director of  Walking Palms Global Health, an organization focused on building community resilience amidst climate and environmental disasters. She has dedicated years to forming international transdisciplinary partnerships aimed at enhancing community resilience in the face of climate change and variation across Latin America and the Caribbean. Currently situated at Columbia University's Department of Earth and Environmental Science, she is actively pursuing her Ph.D. focused on Climate, Environment & Health while concurrently leading working group two Climate Adaptation for the Lancet Countdown Latin America. Avriel's expertise spans a spectrum of domains, including climate services development and implementation, climate-resilient health systems, disease ecology, monitoring & evaluation, communications and education, social mobilization, and equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) methods. Her collaborative approach involves working closely with government entities, researchers, and communities to co-produce and co-deliver climate, environment and  health initiatives, ensuring their usability by decision-makers for impactful public outcomes. Avriel holds a Bachelors of Science from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and two Masters from Columbia University in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology and Environmental Earth Sciences.