Carla Friedrich joined UN Environment's North America Office in February 2012 as a programme officer for Ecosystem Management. Her work spans terrestrial (including freshwater), coastal and marine ecosystems. She also serves as the Regional Office of North America's focal point for Chemicals and Waste. Before joining UN Environment, she was an ORISE Fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds.
Prior to her work at EPA, she served as the Environmental Coordinator of the “Proyecto ENLACE del Caño Martín Peña,” a waterway restoration and urban/social development initiative of the government of Puerto Rico. Carla has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras, and two Master’s degrees, the first in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, and the second in International Health from the Charité Medical School of Humboldt University and Free University in Berlin, Germany. She is fluent in Spanish, English and German.