Outreach & Policy Strategist
Through Brizaga’s partnership with the Bagué Group, Irela serves as our Outreach & Communications Strategist, assisting with public engagement and outreach a bilingual public affairs and communications consultant. With over 20 years of experience in Florida, her focus is on business development, public involvement for public infrastructure, water resources, everglades restoration, sustainability, storm resilience and sea level rise.
In 2003, Ms. Bagué was appointed to the South Florida Water Management District Board by Governor Jeb Bush, where she held the position of Board Vice-Chair until April 2007. She was responsible for establishing policy in the areas of water resources development and regulation, flood control, water quality protection and natural systems restoration primarily with a focus on the restoration of America’s Everglades.
As a former state appointed official, Ms. Bagué has earned the respect of clients and policy makers alike. She is known for her in-depth understanding of the political process and for her critical insight and clear and straightforward communications style making her a credible and engaging spokesperson.
Ms. Bagué is a longtime advocate for Everglades and Biscayne Bay restoration, alternative water supply funding, climate change and ethnic diversity in the environmental movement.
She currently serves on the National Parks Conservation Association’s Suncoast Regional Council, Board of Directors of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Vice-Chair of the Coral Gables Sustainability Advisory Board, member of the Biscayne Bay Regional Restoration Coordination Team (BBRRCT), Board of Directors of Florida Water Advocates and is a founding member of Resiliency Florida, the leading advocate in Tallahassee and Washington D.C., helping communities in their efforts to plan and adapt for the future impacts of extreme weather and sea level rise.
Ms. Bagué enjoys writing and is a frequent contributor to The Miami Herald and Sun-Sentinel Editorial sections and travels the country as a public speaker for the Diverse Environmental Leaders Speaker’s Bureau.