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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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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Jennifer Allen - Board Member

Jennifer Allen joined the League of Conservation Voters in 2013 to develop Chispa (“spark” in Spanish), a program aimed at building the voice and power of Latino families and leaders in the fight against climate change. With grassroots community organizing programs operating in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Nevada, New Mexico and Maryland, Chispa has become one of the largest efforts of a national environmental organization focused on Latino communities.

For more than a decade, prior to joining LCV, Jennifer was the founding Executive Director of the Border Action Network, then Arizona's largest immigrant and border community organization, where she developed successful state and national policy campaigns that were led by immigrant families. She serves on the board of Las Adelitas Arizona PAC and is an appointee to citizen advisory committees for the City of Tucson where she lives with her family.

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Robert García - Board Member

Robert García is a civil rights and human rights advocate. He engages, educates, and empowers communities for equal justice, human dignity, and equal access to public resources. He is the Founding Director and Counsel of The City Project, a non-profit legal and policy advocacy team in Los Angeles, California. The City Project works with diverse allies on equal access to (1) access to healthy green parks, recreation areas, and monuments through community planning; (2) climate justice and conservation; (3) quality education including physical education; (4) health equity in all policies; and (5) economic vitality for all, including jobs, contracts for diverse enterprises, and avoiding displacement. Robert received the President’s Award from the American Public Health Association. PODER Magazine named him one of the Top 100 Latino Green Leaders. Hispanic Business Magazine has recognized him as one of the 100 most influential Latinos in the United States. Green 2.0 celebrates his work as an accomplished leader of color in the environmental field. Robert graduated from Stanford University and Stanford Law School, where he served on the Board of Editors of the Stanford Law Review. He is an Assistant Professor at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science.

Robert has extensive experience in public policy, legal advocacy, mediation, and access to justice through the courts involving complex social justice, civil rights, human health, environmental, education, and criminal justice matters. He has influenced the investment of over $43 billion in undeserved communities, working at the intersection of equal justice, public health, and the environment. He served as chairman of the Citizens’ School Bond Oversight Committee for five years, helping raise over $27 billion to build and modernize public schools as centers of their communities by the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest in the nation. This is one of the largest public work projects in history, with schools of hope permanently transforming L.A. while making the future brighter for generations to come. Robert has helped communities create and preserve great urban parks and preserve access to beaches, trails, and urban rivers, including the L.A. River. He has helped diversify support for and access to state resource bond funds, with unprecedented levels of support among communities of color and low-income communities, and billions of dollars for urban parks and waters.
With others he represents the Archdiocese of Guatemala in a petition against the US for nonconsensual medical experiments that infected innocent Guatemalan people with sexually transmitted diseases, leaving them untreated and uncompensated. The petition is pending before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
Robert serves on the Boards of the National Environmental & Education Foundation, a non-profit chartered

by Congress; National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA); and GreenLatinos Board of Directors. He publishes a regular column on social equity for NRPA Parks & Recreation Magazine. He serves on the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Committee on Community Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity, and the expert consultation panel for the Pan American Organization/World Health Organization on implementing Health in All Policies (HiAP). He served on the Development Team for the National Park Service Healthy Parks, Healthy People Community Engagement eGuide. He served on Cardinal Roger Mahony’s Justice and Peace Committee for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He received the President’s Award from California Attorneys for Criminal Justice for helping release Geronimo Pratt, the late Black Panther leader, from prison after 27 years for a crime he did not commit. He represented people on Death Row in Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi. Stanford Law School called him a “civil rights giant” and Stanford Magazine “an inspiration.”


Robert served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York prosecuting complex federal crimes, Western Regional Counsel with NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc., a professor at UCLA Law School and lecturer at Stanford Law School, and an attorney at a large New York law firm.

An immigrant from Guatemala, Robert came to the US with his family when he was four.

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Larry Gonzalez - Board Member

The former head of NALEO’s Washington, DC office and an experienced participant in policy-making at the federal and state levels, Larry Gonzalez serves a wide variety of clients and helps them develop and implement comprehensive strategic plans to engage the Latino community and Hispanic members of Congress. Larry is a Board member of Green 2.0 an initiative dedicated to increasing racial diversity across mainstream environmental NGOs, foundations and government agencies.

Larry joined The Raben Group in 2006 and is a leader in the LatinStrategies practice group. In addition, Larry represents a growing client portfolio before the House and Senate Judiciary committees. A leader in numerous legislative battles, Larry has a deep understanding of the importance of coalition building and the nuances of the policy making process.

Prior to joining the Raben Group, Larry was the Washington, DC director for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, a nationally recognized association of more than 6,000 Latino public officials.

Before moving to Washington D.C. in 1999, he served as a legislative aide in the Illinois State Senate. Larry also worked as an aide for the Cook County, Illinois Board of Commissioners and as Director of Communications for Cook County Clerk David Orr. He has extensive political campaign experience, having run successful State Senate, State Representative and County Board campaigns.

Larry was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Journalism from Western Illinois University.

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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 manages 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.

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Keylin Rivera - Climate & Clean Air Program Director

Keylin Rivera joins GreenLatinos as the organization's Climate & Clean Air Program Director. Keylin will work with the organization's members, partners, and allies to shape GreenLatinos' advocacy related to climate and clean air policy priorities throughout the organization's nationwide network. 

Most recently Keylin worked on the Hillary for America campaign as the National Deputy Latino Vote Director. Previously, she worked for Mayor Bowser as the Ward 2 Liaison serving as her "eyes and ears". Keylin, also served under the Obama Administration in the Office of the Administrator at the U.S Environmental Protection Agency and worked on President Obama re-election campaign in her home state of North Carolina. She is a proud UNC-Greensboro and AmeriCorps alumni. 

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