Facilitating exceptional conservation results


Aligning Visions has worked with many wonderful clients over the years. The following clients, and many others, have kindly offered to share their experiences:  


Paquita, I want to thank you for all the patience and hard work.  You’ve held our hand and brought us to this point over the last few months. It’s been an incredible journey, and I hope that over the next few years we can show that as a network we can respond and grow as the MigraMAR strategic plan outlines. Beyond that, I really appreciate all the advice and feedback outside of the official workshop stuff. 


Alex Hearn, Founding Member of MigraMAR, Professor of Biology, University of San Francisco de Quito

MAR Fund 

I would like to add a few words about what an asset you are for the MAR Fund. When we engaged you a few years ago, on our contentious board governance issue, you deftly walked us through a process, parsing the issues in a through and objective way that allowed all of us participating to reach agreement. More importantly though was the way you spent time with each of us in advance of the meeting and established a spirit of trust — so that we all felt that you, as the facilitator, understood and respected our individual points of view.  Now at this recent strategic planning meeting, I saw another aspect of your expertise — you did an excellent job of getting yourself up to speed about the issues we are facing to the point where you were able to tee up decisions we needed to make in an extremely efficient way — and got us to actually make them!  You're such an asset — knowing us as well as you do, while being able to play the role of objective outsider.   Thanks so much.

Gina de Ferrari, MAR Fund Board member

Fondo Marena

Paquita, you were an excellent communicator and facilitator for our meeting on regional governance structures. You got us involved from the beginning – we never had time to sit back.  The workshop was excellent and I can tell you put all of your energy into it. You wrung us dry with the many exercises and challenges, but upon reflection I can see how much we learned. Your name alone is a door to new learning and adventure for me. 

Josefina Gómez, Planning Director, MARENA, Dominican Republic. 

World Wildlife México

It is with enormous excitement that I receive the final strategic plan for WWF Mexico. You know what this means for our organization and all of us that are so invested in transforming it in the right direction. A new start down a new exciting road, with a new view of each other, with a more united team and with the right level of ambition that the challenge requires. And, needless to say, you have been key in helping us reach this point. It has been a pleasure working with you and counting you among us as a WWF Mexico member! As we move forward have no doubt we will be knocking on your door!

Jorge Rickards G., General Director, WWF México

Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature

Paquita, It has been a pleasure working with you on the Independent Evaluation of the Consolidation of the Mexican National Protected Areas System Project. Your vast experience, rapid learning, pertinent questions, friendly engagement and careful analysis allowed for essential insights that allow us now to reflect, enrich and enjoy this project that is so close to our hearts. Thank you for the intellectual feast and for providing our protected areas with the great insights of a first class world consultant.

Renée Montagut González, Director Conservation Programs, Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature (FMCN)

Coral Triangle Center

Paquita has done a fabulous job in helping the Coral Triangle Center to move forward on strategic planning and institutional development during this critical phase of transition to an independent regional training and learning center based in Indonesia. Her inspiration, energy, strategic advice and commitment have been absolutely instrumental in getting the Coral Triangle Center up and running
Rili Djohani, Executive Director, Coral Triangle Center

Tropical Forest Conservation Act 

Paquita’s Spanish language fluency, cultural and political sensitivity, knowledge of the subject matter and recognized leadership resulted in a very high quality evaluation of the Guatemalan environmental fund capitalized under the USG Enterprise for the Americas Initiative (EAI) and the Tropical Forest Conservation ACT (TFCA). The evaluation received a significant amount of stakeholder ownership which continues to drive program improvements.

Scott Lampman, Director, EAI/TFCA Secretariat, USAID/EGAT

Conservation Coaches Network

Paquita, you did a GREAT job helping us with our strategic plan.  You are an amazing listener, a great writer, you have a huge amount of energy and will work as much as you can to get the job done. And you are a lot of fun to work with. You don’t get prickly when things get hairy. These are things I would add to the list of reasons that I would hire you again and again. 

Jora Young, Conservation Coaches Network Coordinator

Conservation Finance Alliance

Paquita worked with the Conservation Finance Alliance to organize the design and early population of an online  “Tool Kit” for environmental funds. She collected over 200 documents from 28 funds from around the world and organized them for web access to enhance knowledge sharing and capacity building. Paquita took full advantage of her deep knowledge of organizational capacity building, her strong contacts within the environmental fund community, and her passion for knowledge sharing across boundaries to advance this project. Most of all, she was able to engage the project’s committee, composed of four busy people from different countries, with her focused and practical way of working. We’re very happy that we selected her to this project and hope to work with her again in future projects!
Camila Monteiro, Conservation Finance Alliance Secretariat, FUNBIO, Brazil

The Summit Foundation

Our deepest gratitude to you, Paquita, for your outstanding work in combining facilitation and technical assistance – all in one – at this very important juncture in the development of the leadership program. I hope we continue to get the benefit of your experience and knowledge as the program takes off…” 
Carlos Saavedra, Executive Director

The Nature Conservancy, Global Partnerships

Paquita created a comprehensive “book" on good practices in partnership. Paquita is an absolute sleuth, she tracked down every conceivable person and resource, and then she organized a teeming mass of information into logical, manageable pieces (See www.conservationgateway.org  and look through the Conservation Partnership Center). She has seemingly limitless energy and is an excellent project manager, driving multiple subsets of team members in a friendly but determined way that elicited the best possible responses from everyone involved. The project finished on time, and Paquita was very conscientious about cost management. I would hire Paquita again in a heartbeat.

Olivia Millard, Director, Global Partnerships, The Nature Conservancy

Additional references for Aligning Visions are available upon request: Paquita@aligningvisions.com or call 530-412-0165.