Ximena joined Changing Markets in November of 2019, as a campaign adviser and has worked on the plastics campaign since its very beginning. Her prior work in advocacy led her to develop campaigns in climate change in Bolivia, ban shark fin soup in China, anti-trafficking in South East Asia and the latest against deforestation for the agro-cattle industry in the Amazon Rainforest and Chiquitano dry forest.
Prior to this, Ximena represented Bolivia at the United World College in Hong Kong. She has worked as Project Manager of Amigos Richmond Latino Center, where she constructed strategic relationships with government partners and donors. She fundraised and managed educational, health and outreach programs for Latino youth in the United States. She also conducted ethnographic research at the Smithsonian Centre for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and was a coordinator for the 51st Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Born and raised in Bolivia, Ximena holds a liberal arts degree in International Studies and Business & Non-profit Management from Earlham College. Her postgraduate qualification in Anthropology, Ethnography and Cultural Heritage Studies through Erasmus+ led her to study in four different universities in London, France, Hungary and Norway. She speaks Spanish, English, French and Italian. In her free time, she enjoys dancing and training for half-marathons. She was awarded the Youth Peace Prize to a Bolivian Living Abroad in 2020.