Linda-Estelí Méndez

Senior Analyst

Areas of expertise: Water management and policy, environmental markets, ecosystem and community resiliency


Linda Estelí Méndez is an expert on water management policy and has built a portfolio around working with diverse stakeholders on rural development issues. Trained by the ‘Dutch’ on water engineering and policy and by the ‘French’ on agriculture and food policy, she brings a unique perspective to her work on environmental markets in California.

Her current areas of research and advocacy include the development and implementation of environmental markets in a way that improve the environment and benefit rural economies, and the facilitation of meaningful involvement by diverse communities and stakeholders in environmental planning. Linda Estelí was selected as a Water Leader by the Water Education Foundation in 2013 and serves as a Board Member for the non-profit Help Educate.


Previously, Linda Estelí worked on water governance in South Africa, and facilitated access to microfinance and irrigation infrastructure in Senegal and Nicaragua.


  • MSc. Public Policy and Tropical Agrarian Systems, École Nationale d’Agriculture Montpellier SupAgro, France
  • MSc. Irrigation and Water Engineering, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
  • BSc. Environmental Sciences, Pan-American School of Agriculture Zamorano University, Honduras


Kemerink, J.S., Méndez, L.E., Ahlers, R., Wester, P. and P. van der Zaag. 2013. The question of inclusion and representation in rural South Africa: challenging the concept of Water User Associations as a vehicle for transformation. Water Policy. Vol. 15: 243-257.

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