As of 2021, Jacqueline Sanchez has been appointed as Director of Stakeholder Engagement for the new Environment and Climate Change Program at the Institute of the Americas. She will be the first team member and work alongside with CEO and President, Richard Kiy to launch and grow the program. The key areas of work are sustainable financing; reviving regional coastal economies; promoting expanded exports of environmentally-friendly products and Coastal climate resiliency.

From 2016-2021, Jacqueline served as Energy Policy Associate for the Energy and Sustainability Program. Jacqueline’s expertise focuses on climate change, renewable energy and sustainability development issues with countries in Latin America.

Jacqueline has actively participated in climate change and renewable energy endeavors including being part of the U.S. Department of Energy and APEC program: “Women Empowerment in the Renewable Energy Sector” where she was amongst the 13 finalists and travelled to Singapore to join the final phase of the program; becoming a Climate Reality Leader for Al Gore’s Initiative: The Climate Reality Project; and participating in California’s Governor’s: Global Climate Action Summit.

Prior to joining the Institute of the Americas, she worked for the United Kingdom’s government as Senior Trade and Investment Officer leading the Renewable Energy and Environment sectors at the British Embassy in Mexico City. She served as Commercial Attaché at the British Embassy in Quito, Ecuador while on secondment. Jacqueline has worked, lived and studied in the U.S., U.K., Mexico, France, and Ecuador, and speaks Spanish, English and French.