Elena I. Méndez Leal
Elena I. Méndez Leal is a program coordinator with the Project on Prosperity and Development (PPD) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where she coordinates events and supports the project's research agenda. Prior to becoming a program coordinator in April 2021, she was a program assistant with the Justice in Mexico research initiative and interned at the U.S. State Department and the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center. Her research interests include energy and the environment, sustainable development, data for development, quality infrastructure, and security policy. She holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from the University of San Diego.