We sat down for five minutes with Mauricio Castillo Ferri (Mau), an Associate supporting Environmental Incentives’ Human Resources team. Mau tells us more about his role, what drew him into the environmental field, and the key trends he sees emerging in human resources.
How would you describe your role at EI?
I’m the Human Resources (HR) Associate, which means I support multiple aspects of HR, including the recruitment processes, benefits management, and employee verifications, anything HR related.
I’m also on the Steering Committee of our internal Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative. I’m very passionate about that work. We try to come up with ideas and solutions to make EI a more inclusive place.
What was your dream job growing up?
I wanted to be a professional soccer player. In Ecuador, we played soccer all the time. We’re a soccer–driven culture in terms of sports. That’s all I did growing up. I continued to play recreationally up until very recently when I broke my ankle playing here in DC. I like to stay active, so I may go back to it when I can.
What drew you to work at Environmental Incentives?
I’ve always been interested in the environmental space, but my previous experiences were in international policy. When I saw this opening, I was excited and put all my efforts into the application. I saw EI as a welcoming and innovative place where I could grow. It was a challenge and a risk to join such a small team, but one I wanted to take on. Because I’d only worked in international organizations, it was a big transition and a great opportunity to move to a private company with American employees.