Ippolita di Paola
Ippolita di Paola is the executive assistant to Marc Yaggi and coordinator for Latin America regional Waterkeepers. Ippolita is a New York City native who used to kayak in the Hudson River with her family, and is captivated by Waterkeeper Alliance’s history. She received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology and peace and conflict studies at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, and is currently pursuing a graduate degree at the New School Graduate Program in International Affairs with a concentration in conflict and security. 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. Ippolita’s passion is social justice and she is proud to support the work of over 190 defenders of the human right to clean water. Ippolita has lived in Mexico and Guatemala, working principally in Guatemala with indigenous widows of the civil war and their children. She worked with the International Humanitarian Foundation on reconstruction projects in the aftermath of mudslides during Hurricane Stan, and wrote her thesis on disaster response and indigenous females’ interaction with the development apparatus. Ippolita’s favorite activities are traveling, languages, live music and dancing.