TEAM GREENLATINOS

 

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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, son and daughter, where he serves on the board of the League of Conservation Voters,  Green 2.0, Children’s Environmental Health Network and Co-Chair of the Green Leadership Trust. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Amanda Aguirre - Executive Vice President & COO

Amanda has built a career that spans high-level national community organizing, coalition building, policy advocacy, political campaigns, and grassroots organizing. Amanda has experience in policy and public engagement at the White House and EPA, most recently serving the Director of Public Engagement at the Climate Action Campaign, and prior to that served as EPA’s Acting Director of Public Engagement and Environmental Education in the Obama Administration.

Through her work with local and national Latino groups, federal agencies, state and local government, and advocacy organizations she comes with a wealth of expertise and strong personal commitment to serve the GreenLatinos membership. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Houston, Amanda currently lives in Washington, DC with her husband. She earned a BA from the University of Texas at Austin.   

 

 

 

 

 


 

Jessica Loya - National Policy Director

Jessica Loya most recently served as Government Relations/Public Affairs Specialist at the Hispanic Access Foundation. She is dedicated young leader in the movement to increase access and representation of diverse communities in the environmental movement. Her previous experience at White House Council on Environmental Quality Office of Public Engagement provided her a unique understanding of the influence community voices can have in the policy and decision-making process.

Born in east Los Angeles, CA, she is happy to be able to combine her passion for community engagement, environmental justice and the outdoors through her career. Jessica enjoys hiking, camping, and birding and has made it her lifetime goal to visit all 58 National Parks. She serves on the board of California Wilderness Coalition a CA nonprofit and the National Park Conservation Association’s Next Generation Advisory Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gaby Rivera- Regional Field Manager (ECOMADRES)

Gabriela has a long history of constituency and political organizing, both at the state and national level. She organized to increase Latino civic engagement and access to higher education in California and Arizona. Coming from a diverse community herself, Gabriela brings her organizing experience to Moms Clean Air Force because she understands that the health of children from diverse communities are disproportionately and adversely impacted by the environment in which they live.

Gabriela is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego where she received a Bachelor’s in Political Science, with a specialization in International Relations. She received a Master of Public Affairs from the University of San Francisco

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juan Perez- Advocacy & Membership Director

Juan Carlos Perez joins the GreenLatinos Team as a Policy Fellow and will work on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Clean Water Rule policy issues. Juan Carlos will work to engage GreenLatino members in mobilizing clean air, water, and climate protection initiatives. 

Most recently, Juan Carlos served as the Policy and Legislation Manager with the League of United Latin American Citizens in driving their environmental portfolio. he is originally from Chicago, Illinois and attended the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

 

 

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