In her first six months of work she managed to excel in proposals that have garnered more than $360,000 for the Estuary. Katia has achieved important recognitions by U.S. entities such as the ESF Notable Achievement Award, EPA’s Environmental Champion Award and has participated in renowned publications.
She was the director of the Karso Institute of and the Caribbean and the Puerto Rico Model Forest Office. As such, she helped in the development of its structure and directed various funding sources. She was the Environmental Affairs Manager of the Enlace del Caño Martín Peña Project. She has taught geography and environmental issues at the University of Puerto Rico, the Metropolitan University and EDP University.
Katia has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Sciences from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry SUNY-ESF, Syracuse, NY, a Master’s Degree in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; and a Doctorate in Geography from the University of Texas. She has taken Americorps VISTA courses and trainings in supervision, regulations and permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as well as self-management and empowerment courses from the Agricultural Extension Service at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, among others.