Maria Eugenia Flores Gómez
Maria Eugenia Flores Gómez is a social psychologist with over 20 years of intercultural experiences in organizational leadership, conflict resolution, community development and community-based participatory action research (CB-PAR), working with residents and universities from Central America, Mexico and California. She was born in Nicaragua and grew up during a time of social conflict, struggle and changes. She studied popular theater as a tool to help communities recover from the impact of war and environmental disasters, and graduated in 1998 from the Universidad Centro Americana (UCA) in Managua, Nicaragua with bachelors’ degrees in social psychology and humanities. She also has post-graduate certificates in anthropology, community development, and sustainable organizational management. In the last 10 years, she has worked with academics, farmers, and cooperative organizers using agroecology and CB-PAR to address pressing issues, such as food security, women's rights, climate change adaptation, and inclusive economic development.