Cristina Balboa is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affairs, Baruch College – City University of New York and a faculty member at Baruch's Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management. Her research incorporates international relations, comparative policy and organization theory to demonstrate how internal organizational traits (i.e. capacity, structure, ethos, diversity and leadership) contribute to or detract from the balanced accountability of the political institutions of private environmental governance – from nonprofits to networks, certification mechanisms, and global governance organizations. Her work has been recognized through fellowships at Harvard University’s Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science to Achieve Results (EPA-STAR) program, the Switzer Foundation and the Environmental Leadership Program, where she currently serves as a Senior Fellow. Prior to her academic work, Cristina spent almost a decade working in nonprofits in Washington D.C. and Ecuador on environmental issues in Latin America, Southeast Asia and the Pacific. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University in Environmental Policy and Governance, Masters Degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Yale University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.