Ms. Mayra Addison Ms. Mayra Addison Visiting Assistant Professor, Political Science; MPPA Program Advisor


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Mayra Addison is a strategist with expertise at the intersections of multilateral investment agencies, governments, private utilities, and academia. She is acknowledged for her work on broad, long-term energy policy issues in developing countries as well as specific strategies for private sector participation and the creation of regulatory frameworks for energy and environment sectors. Throughout her career she has established effective partnerships and working relationships with government agencies, multilateral and bilateral foreign assistance agencies, foreign ministry officials, and C-level executives. She has both advised on and managed transactions involving the introduction of the private sector into traditionally state-owned energy and other infrastructure sectors. Actively involved in the Houston start-up ecosystem, she is committed to the growth of a sustainable energy sector through her mentoring of early stage companies in the energy field. Her distinct expertise has been shared through more than 9 years in academia at The Catholic University of America and the University of St Thomas in Houston. She teaches courses in Public Policy, Economics and Finance of Energy, Environment and Infrastructure for The Catholic University of America’s Masters Program in Integral Economic Development at, and for the University of St. Thomas’ Masters in Public Policy Administration at the School of Arts and Sciences. Her unique approach to the environment weaving in the teachings of the Encyclical Laudato-Si brings a sustainable perspective to this international problem into the classroom. In recognition of her global perspective and professional expertise, she is a member of L.I.S.T.E.N. a global network of professionals in the fields of sustainability and environment, devoted to research on and promoting the teachings of the Encyclical Laudato Si. Ms. Addison is a former member of the Boards of Yuma Study Center and Youth Leadership Foundation in Washington, DC, both organizations for the advancement of women and girls. Mrs. Addison earned a MBA from the University of California at Berkeley, Walter A. Haas School of Business and graduated as an Industrial Engineer (MS and BS equivalent) from the University of Buenos Aires.


  • Master of Business Admin - Business Administration - University of California, Berkeley (1992)

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