Yvette Marie Gonzalez, MPH, is a an altruist, humanitarian, and catalyst. She is an independent consultant who contributes to emergency, development, and resilience solutions around the world. Most notably for forced migrant communities in complex contexts such as war zones, active conflict, and natural disasters.

For over 14 years, Yvette has helped communities in over 40 countries rebuild their lives and livelihoods. While food, shelter, water, health, and sanitation are vital first steps in responding to displaced groups, she knows that planning urban, peri-urban, and rural mixed-use spaces for long-term, economic recovery is the foundation for prospering communities in any country.  As well, her work has included designing projects for small and medium enterprises, often women-led and operated. Her efforts have been in coordination/collaboration with stakeholders such as local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), International NGOs, the United Nations, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), host country governments, and private sector representatives. But most importantly: with the communities themselves.

As a contributing writer for Coco Eco Magazine, Yvette supports creative and environmentally conscious luxury lifestyle living.  Her focus is on encouraging green living (services, products, brands, eco-chic travel) and informing individuals that they do not have to compromise their ethics in their lifestyle choices. You can think about your environment and social impact with a smart, sustainable, and sexy perspective.  She represents and celebrates Miami and the Caribbean through her articles.

In her ongoing efforts, she actively contributes her time to One Billion Rising and Not For Sale, both creating awareness around human trafficking/slavery and mass action toward ending violence against women.

Yvette’s most recent response work to the earthquake in Haiti provided a bridge to her life in Miami, where she has been an active part of the community since 2010. In 2004 she received her Master in Public Health, with a focus in Forced Migration, from Columbia University in New York City.  Her undergraduate study in Multinational Organization Studies (French) was completed in 2000 at both St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX as well as the Université des Science Humaines à Strasbourg in Strasbourg, France.  In 1998 she was one of 60 students chosen globally to participate in the European Council’s first International Political Affairs program in Strasbourg, France.  Yvette is a guest lecturer for graduate audiences at Columbia, George Washington, American, and Michigan (Ann Arbor) Universities.

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