Lirio Márquez D’Acunti is Executive Director of the Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust, the oldest non-profit organization in Vieques that co-manages the Vieques Bioluminescent Nature Reserve. Mrs. Márquez is a member of the Climate Strong Islands Network Steering Committee, a consortium of organizations and individuals living in island communities, whose shared mission is to identify the most pressing needs affecting these communities created by climate change, strategies that can be deployed to solve them.
During the past decade, Mrs. Márquez represented the Vieques NGO sector in the White House Vieques Sustainability Task Force created by President Obama. Before working for the VCHT, Mrs. Márquez served as Legislative Advisor on Environment and Community Affairs in the Senate of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico House of Representatives. Previous to her work in the PR Legislature, Mrs. Márquez was a consultant in Puerto Rico and Latin America on environmental and voter’s rights projects. Mrs. Márquez is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico.