Maria del Carmen Landa is an urban planner specializing in international development. She is an Associate with the City and Practice Management team supporting 100RC’s cities in Latin America and the Caribbean in building resilience.
Before joining 100RC, she worked with the public policy programs team at the Americas Society/Council of the Americas in New York, a not-for-profit organization that promotes better understanding and dialogue in the Western Hemisphere, where she designed and implemented a series on challenges faced by urban growth and innovation in cities. During her studies, she worked for the press secretary at the headquarters of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. supporting communications efforts to improve understanding and cooperation between the U.S and Mexico.
An architect by training, she has worked in the educational infrastructure and renewable energy sectors with the state government and a private developer in Mexico. She also participated in the development of a transportation management plan for Lavasa, a privately planned and operated hill city in the state of Maharashtra in India.
Originally from Veracruz, Mexico, Maria has lived in Italy, Argentina, and the United States of America. She holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the State University of Veracruz. She is a native Spanish speaker, she is fluent in Italian and conversant in French and Portuguese.