Ippolita di Paola

Executive Assistant/Latin America Regional Coordinator

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Ippolita di Paola started with Waterkeeper Alliance in 2011 as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director, and the Latin America Regional
Coordinator. Ippolita is a New York City native who grew up kayaking in the Hudson River with her
family, and is captivated by Waterkeeper Alliance’s history.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in socio-cultural Anthropology and Peace and Conflict studies at Haverford College in Pennsylvania after receiving her Associates degree at 18 from the innovative Bard High School Early College, and received her Master of Arts in International Affairs with a concentration in conflict and security at the New School in New York City. The nexus of water and conflict is just one of the many reasons Ippolita was excited to join the great team of people at Waterkeeper Alliance working for clean water advocacy.

Ippolita discovered her passion for Latin America and social justice when she started working in
Guatemala in 2005 and she is proud to support the work of over 200 defenders of the human
right to clean water, especially over 30 Waterkeepers in Latin America. Ippolita has lived in Mexico, Guatemala, and Colombia, conducting fieldwork and supporting community development and activism in rural communities.

In Guatemala, she worked with the International Humanitarian Foundation on reconstruction projects in the aftermath of landslides during Hurricane Stan, and wrote her thesis on disaster response and indigenous females’ interaction with the development apparatus. In Colombia, Ippolita worked with community associations, environmental authorities and the local Mayor’s office on a comprehensive document about strategic responses to the environmental threats of the principal river of the municipality Supía. She loves traveling, running, kickboxing, the ocean, and languages.