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Carlo Ruiz Giraldo

Crafting Environmental Policy

ppp Job Title:
Environmental Specialist

Ecuadorian Municipalities Association

MPA; Public Administration; 2004
University of Massachusetts

Home Country:

What do you enjoy about your job? What aspects of your job are the most exciting or interesting?
It has the perfect balance between academic research, lobbying, fieldwork and public sector work. I have the chance to travel within the country, Ecuador, deal with national and local authorities and research and develop policy schemes.

Why did you choose to pursue an MPA/MPP degree?
After finishing my law degree in Ecuador, I started working to develop environmental policy. I needed policymaking skills and a good understanding of public management in order to pursue my career goals. Public administration was the best way to do it.

How did you select your graduate school?
I met a faculty member in my home country. He led me to the Center for Public Policy and Administration CPPA at UMASS. I think CPPA has some of the best resources to pursue studies in public policy and administration, with a great academic background, besides the permanent interest in knowing more about the students and its interests. It was a great experience for me, being from another country.

How do you feel your MPA/MPP is helping you to make a difference?
My MPA degree has given me a considerable advantage over other consultants in the field, since I am able to introduce different and new ways to design public policy in my home country.

How would you characterize your personality?
* Rigorous * Good under pressure * Teacher * Committed * Flexible * Independent * People person * Diplomatic * Analytical *

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