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Mariana Rivera-Torres


Mariana Rivera-Torres is an associate with seven years of experience in facilitation, international development, and collaborative decision-making.

Areas of Focus

Mariana has a rich background in domestic and international social and environmental issues, including transboundary water governance, climate adaptation, education and health promotion, water equity, and environmental conservation. She brings cross-cultural understanding and a keen interest in promoting cooperation to solve complex environmental and socio-economic challenges.

Education and Trainings

Mariana has a master’s degree in Water, Society, and Policy from the University of Arizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment. Her graduate research focused on U.S.-Mexico conflict and cooperation in the Colorado River Basin. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala from 2015-2017 and completed her bachelor’s degree at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.


Rivera-Torres, Mariana, Andrea K. Gerlak, and Katharine L. Jacobs. “Lesson learning in the Colorado River Basin.” Water International (2021).

Rivera-Torres, Mariana, and Andrea K. Gerlak. "Evolving together: transboundary water governance in the Colorado River Basin." International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics (2021): 1-22.

Pablos, Nicolás Pineda, Stephen Mumme, Mariana Rivera-Torres, María Elena Vega, and Oscar Ibañez Hernández. “Professional Expertise in the Management of International Freshwater Commissions: The Case of the International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico.” Environmental Science & Policy, 114 (2020): 43-51.

Presentations & Lectures 

River Rally. 2021. “Engaging Communities in Integrated Water Resources Management.”

CLE Law of the Colorado River. Scottsdale, Arizona, 2020. Panel presentation, “Recent Trends in the U.S.-Mexico Colorado River Relationship.”

Colorado River Conversations Conference. Tucson, Arizona, 2019. Panel presentation, “Evolving Approaches to U.S.-Mexico Water Management.”

Science and Diplomacy Conference. Tucson, AZ, 2019. Panel presentation. “Hydrodiplomacy in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region.”