LAFF Fellow 2020

Javier Ureta, a social-entrepreneur, graduated from the University of Salvador in Argentina with a BS in Environmental Science. He worked for two years as a project assistant at Alstom. In 2007 he founded the NGO Cascos Verdes which works to include people with intellectual disabilities in environmental conservation. He transitioned to the City of Buenos Aires as the Director of Recycling where he improved the environmental sanitation of the shantytowns. In 2015 he published the book called "Trash cannot be a problem."
Javier was appointed as Secretary of Control and Monitoring at the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, where he oversaw development and implementation of national policy for environmental inspection, pollution prevention, and policies for sustainable development under Argentina's President Macri. Later, In 2017, Javier was then appointed by Argentina's Vice President Michetti to lead her signature political cause as the head of a new National Agency for Disability, overseeing 1,200 employees and a budget of $3B.
Javier was recognized for his effort in environmental and human rights achievements by United Nations, the Legislature of Buenos Aires, the Junior Chamber International, and by Ernst & Young as "Social Entreprenuer of the Year."
He continues as an independent consultant in environmental, and health and safety projects. He assisted more than 50 commercial and industrial facilities in South America implementing environmental compliance policies, until coming to the Bren school to refocus on his professional passion for environmental management. Javier intents to pursue the Economics and Politics of the Envirionment specialization while at Bren, with a desire to advance a green agenda for Argentina with his career in public service.

Javier Ureta