Mariana is an Associate II for the Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. She works in the urban development team, on issues related to the coordination between urban planning, land use and transit oriented development (TOD). She’s presently writing a case study about the political economy of transit oriented development in Mexico DF, and collaborating in the design and content of a TOD toolkit.
Prior to joining WRI, Mariana worked in the Urban Development sector at the World Bank, on both lending and knowledge projects, mostly in the Latin America and Caribbean Region. She worked on slum upgrading, basic municipal infrastructure, affordable housing, urban planning and local economic development. Her last assignment at the Bank was the edition of a guidebook about urban regeneration for local government officials, which included case studies from eight cities around the world. Prior to the World Bank, Mariana worked the at the University of Michigan’s William Davidson Institute, developing case studies about social entrepreneurship, and at the Interamerican Development Bank, as a research assistant supporting the team in charge of Country Strategies for the Andean Countries.
Mariana holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the Catholic University of La Plata, Argentina, and Master Degrees in Public Policy and Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.