Irene García serves as program officer for the GMF Cities program in the Berlin Office, where she leads the Sustainable & Livable Cities programming. Her work focuses on the development of sites, systems, and processes that promote integrated and sustainable urban development while stimulating local and regional economies. Through technical assistance workshops, study tours, conferences and initiatives such as Dialogues for Change and BUILD, García facilitates peer-to-peer learning and knowledge sharing between U.S. and European urban policy and change-makers.
Prior to joining GMF, García worked as policy officer at the Climate, Energy and Cities’ Commission of the World Future Council in Hamburg, where she engaged with parliamentarians, policy-makers and civil society in a series of activities to enhance their knowledge and skills on renewable energy policy design and implementation. Previously, García served for three years as research analyst and speechwriter to Former EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy at the ESADEgeo Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics in Barcelona, where she specialized on the geopolitics of energy and global governance. García has also worked in a variety of research and consultancy projects for The Brookings Institute in Washington DC, the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Veolia Institute in Paris, and the Barcelona Metropolitan Region.
García holds a MS in Urban Affairs from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and a MA in International Relations from the Barcelona Institute of International Studies. She speaks Spanish, English and French.