Ann Yoachim joined the Institute in January 2008. She has experience managing non-profit programs, facilitating community capacity building, and conducting social science research in New Orleans and abroad. As Assistant Director of the Center for Environmental Communication at Loyola University, Ann worked in conjunction with the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research and the Center for Sustainable Engagement on projects focused on the sustainable redevelopment of the Holy Cross neighborhood/Lower 9th Ward.
She has worked on issues at the intersection of water, health, and livelihoods at household, community, and regional levels. Working with ITDG-East Africa, she developed and led the implementation of a UNDP funded baseline household survey on water and sanitation access of urban settlements in Nairobi. In spring 2007, she conducted field research on fish frame recycling on the shores of Lake Victoria. This work focused broadly on understanding the political economy and fish frame markets of the Lake through women's cooperatives working and living in Homa Bay.
Ann has a MPH in International Health and Development from Tulane's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and a BA in Environmental Studies and Political Science from Dickinson College. Prior to receiving her MPH, she worked as a fundraiser and environmental educator in the New Orleans area.
Marisa Escudero is a licensed attorney and Lead Development Coordinator at Land Trust for Louisiana. During her tenure at Tulane Institute for Water Resources Law and Policy, Ms. Escudero's work focused on water law and policy, stormwater management, and coastal restoration finance. She authored a legal guide on American carbon transactions with a primary focus on blue carbon, i.e. wetland carbon sequestration bought and sold in markets, which analyzed the benefits for using blue carbon as a means for commercial and governmental entities to reduce carbon footprints, provide coastal restoration finance, and preserve landowner rights. Ms. Escudero also drafted a comparative legal analysis on water management laws and regulations for states along the Mississippi corridor. Her current work at Land Trust for Louisiana focuses on partnership development with entities such as government agencies, national and local non-profits, academia, and community organizations, which have played a vital role in expanding Land Trust for Louisiana's Development Program. In addition to developing and coordinating membership-drives, fundraisers, and grant proposals, Ms. Escudero continuously researches and analyzes ongoing environmental policy decisions impacting the Gulf Coast Region, submitting written and oral comments to advocate for land conservation, water quality, and watershed protection. Ms. Escudero is a member of the bar in Maryland and Louisiana and earned her B.A. from the University of Virginia, her J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, and her LL.M. from the George Washington School of Law.