Chief Operating Officer at the Western National Parks Association

Pepe Marcos – Iga has over 20 years of international experience as an environmental communicator and educator, with a background in capacity building, cultural competencies development, and online training and networking. As the Chief Operating Officer at the Western National Parks Association, he is helping partner National Parks in the Western United States grow and diversify their education, interpretation and research activities. For over a decade, he worked as the International Programs Director at the Environmental Education Exchange, managing a wide array of bilingual networking and capacity building efforts for environmental educators along the US-Mexico Border, across North America and beyond, including conferences, training workshops and social networking that reached thousands of educators globally. As part of this work, he served as a member of the leadership team of the EECapacity project, EPA’s National Environmental Education Program, in partnership with Cornell University and NAAEE. Pepe has served on NAAEE’s board since 2007, expanding and diversifying the organization’s reach, working with key partners to increase participation from Mexican and Canadian professionals as well as from underserved audiences within the U.S. As part of the Guidelines Trainer’s Bureau, he has worked to take the Guidelines for Excellence in Environmental Education to Spanish speaking educators. Pepe holds a Ph.D. and a M.Sc. in Natural Resources with a focus on Environmental Learning from the University of Arizona, as well as a M.Sc. and Bachelor Degree in Communications and Media Arts from Monterrey Tech and University of Monterrey respectively.