César Rafael Chávez, named executive director of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America

Montreal, 18 January 2016—The Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) announces the appointment of César Rafael Chávez as executive director of the CEC Secretariat.

Irasema Coronado, who has completed her three-year mandate as executive director, is returning to her academic position in the Department of Political Science at the University of Texas at El Paso.

The CEC Council members—Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna, Mexico’s Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, and US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy—welcomed Chávez to his new position at the CEC Secretariat.

Chávez has more than 25 years of experience in the environmental field. He was formerly Director General of Environmental Policy and Regional and Sectorial Integration at Mexico’s Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat).

He has a master’s degree in urban development and regional planning from the University of Edinburgh, is a graduate of the program in Advanced Studies on Environment and Sustainable Development (LEAD-México) at El Colegio de México, and pursued PhD studies in environmental urban history at the Universidad Iberoamericana.

Chávez’s three-year term as CEC Executive Director is effective from 16 January 2016. The full biography and photo is available here.

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