Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza is an Associate Professor of the Practice of Environmental Policy and Management at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University and serves as the Director for Community Engagement for the Duke University Superfund Research Center and the Director of the Certificate in Community-Based Environmental Management. She received her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley and her master’s degree from Yale University. Shapiro-Garza’s research focuses on market-based environmental initiatives and policies in Latin America, their social and environmental impacts and their intersection with development projects and goals at multiple scales. She has examined these themes in the context of national payments for ecosystem services programs in Mexico, cacao agroforestry systems in biosphere reserve buffer zones in Panama and Costa Rica, and coffee sustainability certification programs in Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia and Peru. Shapiro-Garza has published broadly on topics of environment and development in both academic and applied fora.