Mauricio Leon Mendez
Senior Researcher, Metropolitan Council
Mauricio Leon is a Senior Researcher at the Metropolitan Council. His work centers around climate change mitigation and adaptation at the regional and local scales. Mauricio works primarily on greenhouse gas emissions accounting and scenario planning techniques to inform policy-making for reducing the contributions of Minnesota's Metropolitan Region to climate change. He has previously worked in similar roles for the private sector. His work involves technical as well as outreach and education components. Mauricio believes that data, science, and community outreach are crucial to finding equitable solutions to climate change. Mauricio volunteers with organizations such as the Sierra Club, ServeMinnesota, and the Energy Advisory Committee at the City of Minneapolis. He is passionate about advancing the conversation around equity and climate justice. In 2018 the Midwest Energy News Network named Mauricio a recipient of the 40 Under 40 Emerging Professional in Clean Energy award. Mauricio lives with his family in the West Side neighborhood in St. Paul, MN. He moved from Costa Rica in 2011 to the United States to pursue his education. After getting a M.S. in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy at the Humphrey School of the University of Minnesota in 2017, he is fulfilling his dream of working in the challenging field of sustainability.