Jill Valdés Horwood es Directora de Políticas de Boston Harbor Now, una organización sin fines de lucro con sede en Boston que vela por la visión de un puerto, de un paseo marítimo y de islas sanas y conectadas con Boston. Jill es la experta principal en políticas y es responsable de la orientación activa de una amplia gama de proyectos y políticas de desarrollo del paseo marítimo actuales y futuros. Jill es también responsable de la coordinación estratégica con las agencias municipales y estatales y trabaja en estrecha colaboración con organizaciones locales sin fines de lucro dedicadas al medio ambiente.
Jill Valdés Horwood, JD, LLM, is Director of Policy for Boston Harbor Now – a Boston-based non-profit organization that stewards the vision for a healthy and connected Boston Harbor, waterfront and islands. In her role, Jill serves as lead policy expert and is responsible for actively commenting on a broad range of current and proposed waterfront development projects and policies. Jill is also responsible for coordinating strategy efforts with city and state agencies like the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, Massport, and the Boston Planning and Development Agency. As policy director, she works closely with local environmental nonprofits, staffs Boston Harbor Now’s Board Harbor Policy and Planning Committee, and organizes monthly Harbor Use Forums to educate and inform the public of key and timely waterfront related topics. She is the author of Boston’s Working Port: A Foundation for Innovation–a report that highlights Boston’s current and future maritime trends, existing economic pressures, and the effects of increasing waterfront development and density.
As a Florida native, Jill has always had an affinity for the ocean and coast. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Maritime Law from the University of Miami and a Juris Doctor with a focus on Public Interest Law from DePaul University College of Law. Jill served as the first Cuban-American Boston Conservation Commissioner, is co-chair for both the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association Gala and the Massachussets Women’s Bar Foundation Comedy Night, and enjoys volunteering her weekends to causes that are near to her heart.