Ingrid Irigoyen serves as the Associate Director, Ocean and Climate, for the Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program. She develops new projects, leads existing workstreams on ocean and coastal sustainability and decarbonization of the ocean economy, and provides strategic advisory and facilitation services for partners striving to work collaboratively to address multi-sectoral ocean and coastal challenges. She serves as Director of the Aspen Institute Shipping Decarbonization Initiative, an effort to engage multinational businesses and U.S. policy makers to accelerate decarbonization of maritime shipping. As part of this work, she is the facilitator and project lead for the Cargo Owners Zero Emission Vessel Initiative (coZEV), a new collaborative initiative to harness the buying power of major cargo owners to accelerate the pace of decarbonization in container shipping.
Prior to joining Aspen in 2018, she was a Senior Mediator and Program Manager at Meridian Institute, where she devoted 13 years to the design, management, and facilitation of collaborative efforts to solve environmental and sustainability problems, with a special focus on oceans and coasts.
Ingrid has experience with coalition and consensus building, strategy development, facilitation of multi-year, multi-stakeholder collaborations, and organization of large conferences and high-level decision making meetings. Projects have ranged in geographic scale from sub-national to international levels, and addressed topics such as maritime transport, ocean science and conservation, coastal and ocean adaptation to climate change, sustainable fisheries management, seafood markets, aquaculture, integrated regional ocean planning, offshore energy, and coastal resiliency and land management. Prior to this, among other positions, Ingrid was a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She holds a Master of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of New Hampshire. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her family. She speaks Spanish fluently.