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Rafael Vega

Rafael Vega is a Co-Lead of the Caribbean Climate Hub. He was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He graduated from the Interamerican University with a master’s degree in Environmental Sciences. His thesis project consisted in utilizing the Normalized Vegetation Index (NDVI) to measure the health of a subtropical mangrove forest in the island. During his career with the NRCS, he’s held multiple positions at the field and area levels, before becoming the State Resource Conservationist for North Carolina in 2016. During his 16 year career he has completed multiple official assignments such as assisting in the development of the NRCS National Organic Farming Handbook and Acting as the State Conservationist for Florida. Mr. Vega currently serves as the regional natural resources specialist in the East National Technology Support Center in Greensboro, NC providing direct support to state resource conservationist across 22 states in the use and adaptation of technology in conservation.

Rafael Vega


  • Co-Lead, USDA Caribbean Climate Hub
  • Regional Natural Resource Specialist, FPAC-NRCS


USDA Caribbean Climate Hub, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service


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