Astrid Puentes Riaño is the co-executive director of the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA). She has worked for AIDA since 2003 and has significant experience with public interest litigation, especially in the field of human rights and the environment. She sits on the boards of EarthRights International and International Rivers. She teaches a Seminar on Human Rights and the Environment in Latin America at American University during the Summer Program. Originally from Colombia, Astrid holds an LL.M. in Comparative Law from the University of Florida, a Masters in Environmental Law from the University of the Basque Country, and a J. D. from the Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia.