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Chief of Party, Amazon Alive Activity Roberto León Gómez

Roberto León Gómez is a sustainable development expert with nearly 30 years of experience promoting biodiversity conservation, improving natural resource management, and implementing complex environmental initiatives for international donors in Latin America, including USAID, GEF, EU, IDB, and GIZ.

He currently serves as the chief of party on the USAID Amazon Alive Activity in Colombia which focuses on reducing environmental crimes, including forest degradation and deforestation, through strengthened governance and monitoring activities. Previously, Roberto was the director of Innovative Conservation Models for Paramos and Forests Conservation Task Order under the USAID Paramos and Forests Activity in Colombia, accelerating the adoption and execution of BioREDD+ projects. As the deputy director for local development at Fundación Natura, he oversaw the implementation of public and private donor funds to improve sustainable value chains and livelihoods. Working in the environment and natural resources (ENR) sector in Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador, Roberto has engaged indigenous peoples in conservation and green economic opportunities, developed climate change mitigation strategies, and designed climate-smart agricultural practices.

Roberto holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Universidad Nacional de Colombia and a master’s degree in environmental economics and natural resources from the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia.