Martha Delgado is a leading figure in the environmental movement involved in political society in Mexico. Her leadership results from over twenty years of experience in various civil society organizations dedicated to sustainable development and the strengthening of citizenship, and fifteen years of experience in public administration at the federal and local levels.
She served at the federal public administration where she acted as advisor to the Presidency of the National Institute of Ecology from 1993 to 1998, in charge of the decentralization process of environmental management, and thereafter of the public participation to generate new decrees for Natural Protected Areas. During five years she led one of the most important environmental civil society networks, the Union of Environmental Groups, composed of a hundred of Mexican ecologist groups.
From 1998 to 2003 she was President of the NGO Mexican Citizens Presence, dedicated to promote democracy, environmental agenda, and the participation of youths in the public sphere; and she also founded in 2006 the Mexican Alliance for a New Culture of Water. From 2003 to 2006 she was elected Independent Deputy in the Third Legislative Assembly of Mexico City, where she created and chair the Water Management Commission. Martha is fellow of the Leadership for Environment and Development Program (LEAD) funded by The Rockefeller Foundation.
Martha Delgado was Minister of the Environment of Mexico City during the administration of Mayor Marcelo Ebrard (2006-2012), where they develop ambitious environmental policies like the Green Plan of Mexico City, the Climate Action Program, the bike sharing system ECOBICI, the recovery of the Magdalena River, the last living river in the city, among others.
At the international sphere Martha serves as First Vice-President of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, an international organization that regroups over a thousand five hundreds cities from all over the world. Currently, she works at Fundacion PENSAR, as a General Director of the Secretariat of the Global Cities Covenant on Climate, a local leaders initiative that joint 286 Mayors of the world to combat the global warming (www.mexicocitypact.org)