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Ana Maria has focused her career to date on the development of conflict analyses, strategic frameworks, peacebuilding strategies, and best practices for the development-humanitarian nexus at regional and country levels.
Ana Maria began her career – in her native Mexico – as an arbitration specialist with a focus on labour rights. After receiving a master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University in 2002, she joined the United Nations System accumulating vast and diverse experience in the field and at Headquarters.
She first served as a policy specialist the International Labour Organization (ILO) and later joined the World Health Organization (WHO) as an external relations officer.
In 2005, Ana Maria joined the UN Development Group Office where, among other responsibilities, she administered and tracked the elaboration of policies for Resident Coordinator selection. She went onto work as coordination and information officer in the Resident Coordinator’s Office in Khartoum, Sudan. In this position, she monitored funding streams, identified and recommended actions to enhance inter-agency cooperation and coordination, and served as a focal point for coordination of UN response to floods in Northern Sudan.
Upon returning to Headquarters, she served as a policy specialist for the UN Development Operations Coordination Office (DOCO) where she continued to work closely on inter-agency coordination, particularly in relation to peacebuilding and peacekeeping, serving as the regional focal point for the Middle East and Latin America and the Caribbean. Taking up a position as humanitarian and political affairs officer in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG), Ana Maria worked to ensure coordination between UN and non-UN agencies on key humanitarian issues. She most recently worked as programme manager for the Office of the Director of Corporate Programmes at the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs advising and supporting the Director on strategic issues and was particularly engaged in strengthening strategic coherence and communication within the agency.
For the past six years, Ana Maria has been raising her daughter in New York while being a volunteer translator and interpreter and volunteer librarian at her local public school. She joins TrustWorks, therefore, as her first professional engagement since her extensive and full-time responsibilities at home.