Through the Program, Torres-Barreto coordinates multisectoral efforts, empowers citizens to be part of the restoration process and ensures the well-being of metropolitan area residents.
Brenda is a professional in the field of sustainability. She has vast experience in environmental management, corporate social responsibility and development of public policies through empowerment and multisectoral alliances. She has excelled in leadership positions in Puerto Rico and the United States. She is a LEED accredited professional for the development of green buildings. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. Brenda’s passion is managing nonprofit organizations for habitat conservation and restoration.
She was part of the State of New York’s Secretary of Environment’s work team, where she provided advice to Governor Andrew Cuomo. She also directed the Government of Puerto Rico’s Office of Federal Affairs in New York. In California, Brenda served as Executive Director of the third largest chapter of the Audubon Society in this state, which serves 4,000 active members and more than 100 volunteers. In addition, she worked as a Public Policy Analyst for the U.S. Forest Service in Washington, DC.
At the end of 2016, Brenda returned to Puerto Rico with her family to give the island the best of her abilities. Currently, Brenda is the Executive Director of the San Juan Bay Estuary Program.