Announcing the Winners of the
2019 GreenLatinos Awards
Emerging Leader Award
Niria Alicia Garcia
Xicana Community Organizer
Born in a migrant farmworker and tree planter community in Southern Oregon, Niria Alicia is a Xicana community organizer, educator and storyteller committed to bringing spirit and culture into her work for migrant justice, climate justice and indigenous rights. As an educator and curriculum designer, Niria has worked nationally and internationally with Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, US Brazil Connect, Rustic Pathways and Women’s Earth Alliance designing and implementing holistic curriculum with an environmental justice and spiritual understanding that works to bring about social transformation by centering healing and deepening the awareness of the interconnectedness of all life. Niria is a proud volunteer with No More Deaths working to end the unnecessary death and suffering on the US-Mexico border.
Community Leadership Award
Legislative Director- Healthy Communities Earthjustice
Raul Garcia is the Legislative Director for Healthy Communities in the Policy & Legislation (PAL) department at Earthjustice. Raul focuses on protecting communities from pesticides and toxic chemicals. He also leads Earthjustice’s team of advocates dedicated to defending and improving federal safeguards for clean air, clean water, and against toxics exposure.
Prior to joining Earthjustice, Raul developed a career working to protect the rights of underrepresented communities, including advocating for voting and civil rights, immigration benefits and labor and employment protections. Raul was an associate attorney at a law firm where he specialized in family and employment immigrant visa petitions, removal proceedings and asylum, among other immigration work.
Champion Advocate Award
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a third-generation Bronxite, educator, and organizer serving the 14th district of New York in the Bronx and Queens. Ocasio-Cortez grew up experiencing the reality of New York’s rising income inequality, inspiring her to organize her community and run for office on a progressive platform with a campaign that rejects corporate PAC funds.
Throughout her childhood, Representative Ocasio-Cortez split her time between the Bronx and Yorktown. While visiting her extended family in the Bronx, she saw a stark contrast in opportunities based on their respective zip codes.
Latino Outdoors inspires, connects, and engages Latino communities in the outdoors and embraces cultura y familia as part of the outdoor narrative, ensuring Latino history, heritage, and leadership are valued and represented. Through its Vamos Outdoors Program, Latino Outdoors works to 1) provide members of Latinx and other underrepresented communities with transformative outdoor experiences, 2) foster leadership/professional development opportunities for its volunteers and staff, and 3) contribute to a richer, more representative narrative of outdoor engagement by diverse communities. Latino Outdoors offers free outdoor activities and supports people who are receiving their introduction to nature, creating a welcoming and family-friendly environment with outings that weave together aspects of culture, community, wellness, and connection.
Living Legacy Award
Founder/President of Mujeres de la Tierra
Irma R. Muñoz is the Founder/President of Mujeres de la Tierra an environmental equity non-profit focused on healing La Madre Tierra and re-defining the traditional “green” dialogue in Los Angeles, California.
Irma firmly believes in the power of one and that community action starts with individual participation. She believes that the families and residents of the neighborhood should have the power and right to lead/own their issues and determine what’s best for them, their families and community.