Sofia Soto Reyes is a Junior Associate at the Consensus Building Institute. She conducts research and contributes to project design and development in several of CBI’s practice areas, with her work mostly focused on natural resources and the environment. Sofia is also responsible for providing administrative support to several senior staff.
Sofia previously worked at the World Resources Institute with Global Forest Watch (GFW). During her time with GFW, she spearheaded the research and strategic development of a new education initiative, designed and field tested a pilot education module focused on the relationship between deforestation and carbon emissions, and worked with the GFW communications team on a targeted outreach campaign. Most recently, Sofia interned at the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) with their Environmental Peacebuilding Program. While at ELI, she co-edited a book chapter on post-conflict peacebuilding and natural resources, conducted research for a case study on the connection between Sierra Leone’s civil war and land management systems, and contributed material to ELI’s online Environmental Peacebuilding global community of practice.
Sofia holds a B.A. in Environmental Policy from Barnard College of Columbia University, with recognition as an Athena Scholar in Leadership. Her interest in the nexus of post-conflict peacebuilding and natural resources culminated in her senior thesis research, which examined how drying in the Levant would impact water allocation parameters set out in the Israeli-Jordanian Treaty of Peace. Sofia is fluent in Spanish and has studied abroad in Jordan, Vietnam, Morocco, and Bolivia.