Liliana Madrigal

Position: 
Sr. Director of Program Operations

A veteran of conservation work for over two decades, Liliana co-founded ACT in 1996 with Dr. Mark Plotkin. Liliana oversees all ACT programmatic activities, traveling frequently to South America to meet directly and work with ACT's indigenous partners in the Amazon and serving as chief liaison to shamans and tribal leaders of the northwest Amazon. Liliana also drives the implementation of ACT's women's programs, which seek to build esteem, increase sustainable development opportunities and advance human rights among women of indigenous communities across Amazonia. Her initiative encouraged the formation in 2004 of the first full-fledged union of female traditional healers in the Colombian Amazon, the Asociación de Mujeres Indígenas de la Medicina Tradicional.

Early in her career, with The Nature Conservancy, Liliana served as the Director of the Costa Rica Program where she managed the Parks Campaign through which many protected areas in Costa Rica were consolidated, and new ones were created. In 1987, she helped found Conservation International and served as the Director of the Southern Central America Program, responsible for all organization activities in Costa Rica and Panama. Liliana and Dr. Plotkin were 2008 co-awardees of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. In 2006, Liliana was awarded the Circle of Bridge-Makers Award from the Angeles Arrien Foundation.

A native of Costa Rica, Liliana lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband Mark and two daughters, Gabrielle and Ann Lauren. She is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles.