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ABOUT 

Ivonne Serna (she/her) is a versatile professional specializing in environmental science, policy, and communications. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies and Political Science from Middlebury College and has studied internationally at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Semester at Sea. Ivonne has worked extensively in LATAM, North America and Europe, connecting with organizations and communities to highlight important social and environmental issues.

Ivonne has extensive experience in policy research, stakeholder engagement, and project coordination across NGOs, academia, and international organizations. She has contributed to significant initiatives at The Nature Conservancy, National Geographic Society, and the Global Center for Climate Mobility, and has actively participated in shaping climate resilience policies at international conferences like COP28.

Fluent in Spanish, English, and French, Ivonne excels in science communication and storytelling, producing impactful documentaries and multimedia content to raise awareness and drive action on environmental issues. Additionally, she is a published author, having co-authored articles in peer-reviewed journals on topics such as gender issues in marine conservation and indigenous participation in global environmental politics. Over the past 5 years, Ivonne has successfully secured over $250,000 USD in grants, scholarships, and fellowships to support her work.

As Co-Founder of ECOS Environmental and Creative Studio, Ivonne has led initiatives focused on indigenous-led climate solutions. Her strong project management skills and dedication to social justice and climate action make her a highly capable consultant and collaborator, committed to creating sustainable change.

CURRICULUM VITAE

My work mission is to democratize specialized knowledge by making intricate stories accessible and engaging for the general public, regardless of the medium - be it content, film, or climate projects. I am committed to amplifying the voices of BIPOC, women, and underrepresented communities through inclusive storytelling approaches. Drawing upon my extensive field experience, I place a high priority on co-creative processes in storyline development. This means collaborating closely with the communities I am involved with, whether it is in the realm of film or climate work, to elevate their perspectives and experiences.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

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The Women in
International Affairs Network

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HONORS & AWARDS

2023: Third U.S.-Mexico Bicentennial Kaleidoscope Award (The Wilson Center Mexico Institute, SRE Mexico, Universidad de Guadalajara, University of Arizona)

2023: Scott A. Margolin ’99 Environmental Studies Award (Middlebury College)
2023: Masterschool Selection for “Green Gold” Film (Documentary Campus – Creative Europe Media)
2022-2023: Rohatyn Global Fellowship (Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs)
2022-2023: Kellogg Research Fellowship, $5,000 (Middlebury College)
2021-2023: BOLD Women's Leadership Fellowship, $40,000 (Helen G. Brown Foundation)
2019-2023: Davis United World College Scholarship, $80,000 (Davis UWC Scholars Program)
2019-2023: College Scholar’s List (Middlebury College)
2019-2023: Yordan Family Scholarship, $19,370/year (The Jordan Family Foundation)
2017: Youth Delegate at UN PKDM (United Nations Association of Canada)
2016-2018: UWC Mexico Scholarship, $50,000/year (Lester B. Pearson United World College)

EDUCATION

B.A. Environmental Studies and Political Science

Middlebury College, VT, USA

Semester Abroad – Political Science and Government

University of Paris I: Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, France

Multi-Country Semester Abroad – Global Studies 

Semester at Sea, Institute for Shipboard Education

USA, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Myanmar/Burma, India, Mauritius, South Africa, Ghana, Morocco, the Netherlands. 

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