Esperanza Garcia has experience in climate change, sustainable development, entrepreneurship, local government, and international relations with exposure to UN development. With extensive public sector experience, she is interested in transitioning into a career in sustainability consulting/management.
She recently graduated from Columbia University's innovative program on Sustainability Management. She has started and built three organizations: she was Co-Founder of the International Youth Council which has provided educational resources & leadership opportunities to young global leaders; she was the Founding President of Columbia University Coalition for Sustainable Development; she also founded the Philippine Youth Climate Movement raising climate change awareness in Philippine schools to over 50,000 students.
She has worked as a consultant for South-South News (SSN), which works with UN agencies in helping South-South countries develop programs and collaborated on South-South Awards. She has worked as climate change consultant for the Philippine Senate and a development consultant for Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, organizing the Youth Assembly at the United Nations. She has covered news from the UN General Assembly & Clinton Global Initiative as a journalist for UNICEF and SSN. She did her post-baccalaureate at Yale and Columbia studying renewable energy and economics.
She served as a negotiator & official delegate of the Philippines at the UN Climate Change Conference. Esperanza has received awards on youth leadership and is invited to speak at international conferences, including UN, on the importance of young people’s engagement in global affairs and environmental sustainability. Her work has been published in Unipro's "30 top Filipinos under 30," Humaneity's “Mobilizing Young People to Save the Planet”, and "Heroes of Today" and one of "The Outstanding Filipino of NY."