About Us

 

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GreenLatinos is a national non-profit organization that convenes a broad coalition of Latino leaders committed to addressing national, regional and local environmental, natural resources and conservation issues that significantly affect the health and welfare of the Latino community in the United States. GreenLatinos provides an inclusive table at which its members establish collaborative partnerships and networks to improve the environment; protect and promote conservation of land and other natural resources; amplify the voices of minority, low-income and tribal communities; and train, mentor, and promote the current and future generations of Latino environmental leaders for the benefit of the Latino community and beyond. GreenLatinos develops and advocates for policies and programs to advance this mission.


Board and Staff

 

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Mark Magaña - Founding President & CEO 

Mark Magaña is the Founding President & CEO of GreenLatinos, a national coalition of Latino environmental, natural resources, and conservation leaders.  Mark is also the founder and principal of the Hispanic Strategy Group consulting firm.  

Mr. Magaña was the first Latino to serve as senior staff at both the White House  and in Congressional leadership -- as Special Assistant to President Clinton for  Legislative Affairs and Senior Policy Advisor to the House Democratic Caucus Vice  Chair Robert Menendez.  Mr. Magaña also served as a politically appointed  Congressional Liaison at the Department of Health and Human Services  (HHS). Additionally, he served as the Legislative Assistant to Congressional  Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA), as a Federal Legislative Representative for  the City of Los Angeles, and as a Research Assistant for the National Association of  Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). 

 As an early supporter of Senator Obama's Presidential Campaign, Mr. Magaña  founded the National Latinos for Obama in February, 2007.  Through Latinos for  Obama, he built a national grassroots organization and mobilization effort.

 Originally from Los Angeles, Mark resides in Washington, DC with his wife and  daughter, where he serves on the board of the League of Conservation Voters,  Green 2.0, and the Children’s Environmental Health Network.

 

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Chris Espinosa - Executive Vice President & COO

Chris Espinosa serves as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for GreenLatinos.  With nearly a decade of organizational management, federal public policy, coalition-building, and advocacy experience in Washington, D.C., he is a seasoned advocacy professional with a wealth of talent and a tremendous asset to the GreenLatinos team.With his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Chris assists GreenLatinos in its internal organizational development and long-term strategic growth, and manges the organization's programmatic implementation and day-to-day operations.

In addition to his recent role as Legislative Representative for Earthjustice - covering clean water, lead, and mountaintop removal mining policy & legislation, Chris has served as the Senior Legislative Assistant to Representative Julia Brownley (D-CA), covering a broad policy portfolio on behalf of the Congresswoman. Chris has also served in senior leadership positions with some of the nation’s most well-respected Hispanic Advocacy institutions – including National Director of Policy & Legislation for Hispanic Federation, National Director of Special Projects for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and Deputy Director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA).

Chris brings his unique ability to build and maintain diverse coalitions, his deep relationships with key leaders in both the environmental and Hispanic advocacy movements, and his tremendous commitment to social justice to GreenLatinos.

A native of Ventura County, California, Chris and his wife Nancy have resided in Northern Virginia since 2007.

 

 

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Andrea Delgado - Board Treasurer

Andrea L. Delgado is a founding Board member of GreenLatinos.  Andrea brings to GreenLatinos 9 years of experience in strategic organizing, coalition building, Congressional and Administrative advocacy and bilingual communications for non-profit organizations.  Driven by a passion for equity and inclusion, Andrea has spearheaded national advocacy campaigns with a demonstrated commitment to the meaningful engagement and leadership of underrepresented communities in federal policymaking. 

 

Andrea currently serves as a Senior Legislative Representative at Earthjustice, a non-profit environmental law-firm. She joined Earthjustice’s Policy and Legislation team in May 2012 to develop and implement legislative and administrative strategy for Earthjustice’s work on waste, toxic chemicals and pesticides.  Andrea works with Congress and federal agencies to strengthen our national chemicals policy to protect the public and the most vulnerable segments of our population from hazardous waste and pesticides that threaten their health and well-being in their workplaces and communities.

 

Prior to joining Earthjustice, Andrea served as Senior Policy Analyst and Communications Manager for the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), a nonprofit affiliated with the AFL-CIO and the Change to Win federation where she worked on occupational health and safety issues impacting vulnerable workers. Andrea’s work on environmental issues started in 2008 when she was selected to serve as the first Fellow of the National Latino Coalition on Climate Change (NLCCC), a nonprofit where she led research initiatives, national and regional outreach and education efforts to engage Latinos in a dialogue about climate change and the nexus of environmental issues and public health.

 

For her work on labor and environmental issues, in 2011, Andrea won the MillerCoors Líder of the Year Award, a national competition among 12 outstanding Latinos nominated for their leadership and contributions to their communities.  In 2013, PODER Magazine named Andrea among its “Top 100 Green Latino Leaders” who are staking out a fierce presence in the green movement. 

 

Andrea is Ecuadorean-Colombian and attributes her love for the environment to her upbringing in the Ecuadorean Amazonia.   When she’s not trying to win hearts and minds to her cause, she is replenishing her energy with her family, and zealously guarded by her “son” Kiruba, her beloved German Shepherd.  

 

 

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SERGIO PAYAN

Sergio Payan is originally from Mexico, temporally residing in Washington, DC doing an internship with GreenLatinos. Back home he is studing Renewable Energy Engineering focusing on Quality and Energy Savings.

Sergio has an Advanced Technical Degree in Construction also in Physical-Math and in Renewable Energies in the area of Quality and Energy Savings.  Sergio is also the founder of “Gorra-Azul” an environmental association in Mexico, creating a campaign named  “Recicla tu ambiente” in 2011 and  “Cuida el Agua, Cuida tu Futuro” in 2012.  Such campaigns consisted in giving lectures in Elementary Schools, High Schools and Colleges about environmental issues. He also collaborated with the Natural Resources Secretary of Mexico in 2013 developing workshops during the Environmental week.

Sergio Payan is also a passionated business entrepreneur, currently with two little companies back at home.  His hobbies are cinematography, winning a contest for best horror short-film in 2013, play Frontenis and do Ninjutsu. 

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  • commented 2015-12-07 21:43:20 -0500
    Muchos latinos tenemos experiencia en Geothermal loop intaller y se hace un poco difícil porara hacer bids trabajos por falta de licencias en los Estados para perforar

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