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. 









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 Manuela Loya - Director of Policy & Programs

Jessica Manuela 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.








Ean Tomas Tafoya - Colorado Field Organizer

Ean began his career as a youth educator. He has worked for three branches of local government and run for Denver City Council. He has directed campaigns for state offices and local initiatives. He received recognition for his work from both the Denver Regional Council of Governments and the Regional Air Quality Council.

Born on Earth Day and raised in Denver, Colorado, he loves to dance whether it be at a concert or in politics. He was recognized as the Most Outstanding Student from his college at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where he received a BA in Political Science with a Minor in Native American Studies. He holds certificates in Early Childhood Education and Horticultural Therapy. He is currently completing a Water Studies Certificate. He serves on the Executive Board of the Colorado Latino Forum and is the Environmental Justice Chair.







Virginia Palacios - Climate & Clean Air Consultant

Virginia Palacios, Principal of VP Environmental, is an environmental science and policy consultant with over 12 years of experience working on environmental issues. She has expertise in air, water, climate, electricity and oil and gas development. Approaching her work through a lens of equity, Virginia seeks to eliminate disparities in public health outcomes that occur on the basis of race, ethnicity or income.

Palacios recently returned to the South Texas border region, where she was born and raised, to establish VP Environmental. Previously, she was State and Local Policy Manager at South-Central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource, and was an analyst with Environmental Defense Fund’s oil and gas team for five years.

Her work on estimating greenhouse gas emissions and utilizing cost-effective emission mitigation technologies has been published in Public Utilities Fortnightly, and the peer-reviewed Environmental Science and Technology Journal. In 2018, she served on the City of San Antonio’s Energy & Buildings Technical Working Group for the city’s first-ever Climate Action and Adaptation Plan.

Palacios holds a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University with a concentration in Global Environmental Change.








Ángel Peña - Public Lands Consultant

Ángel Peña was born and raised in the Río Bravo valley, he is a first generation American and father of three. Ángel’s education in anthropology and archaeology allows him to emphasize and advocate for our nation’s historic, prehistoric and cultural assets, bringing cultural resources to the forefront of conservation. As a Cultural Resources Specialist for New Mexico Wild (2012), Wyss Fellow (2014), & as the Río Bravo Director at the Conservation Lands Foundation (2016) Àngel has had the opportunity to support and lead amazing teams that ultimately secured protections totaling millions of acres across the American Southwest.











Christian Gallegos-Alárcon - Programs & Policy Consultant

Christian Gallegos-Alarcón is working on policy and programs in the development of a digital series of events fostering community building and partnership.

Following graduation from the University of California, Santa Barbara Christian completed a Summer fellowship at the US Fish and Wildlife Service - National Headquarters where he spearheaded building the first digital asset management system. He spent the next year with the National Park Service - Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program where his team implemented a national communication strategy over the course of a year. In developing a narrative for the program, Christian participated in projects, wrote articles, and presented communication strategies at the National Conservation Training Center.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and a minor in Professional Writing in June 2018, Christian’s undergraduate career was defined by his research and involvement in student affairs. He completed his education as an Office of the President, Bonnie Reiss Fellow and his Honors Thesis, How Do U C The UC? Analyzing The Relationship Between the Carbon Neutrality Initiative and Administrative Bureaucracy has contributed to further efforts of climate resiliency within the University of California.

With a passion for conservation, narrative, design, and community empowerment, Christian is excited and proud to be working with GreenLatinos.








Andrea Marpillero-Colomina, Ph.D. - Programs & Policy Consultant

Andrea is the Clean Transportation Consultant at GreenLatinos. For the past decade, her work has focused on the intersections of infrastructure, policy, and place, with a sustained focus on transportation and mobility. Her passion is figuring out new, accessible ways to make cities work and feel better for the people who inhabit them, while advancing equity, supporting anti-racist practices, honoring history, constructing sustainable infrastructure, and creating healthy and beautiful public space. Her work has taken her to four continents and across the US. She has taught hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students in courses of her own design, at The New School and the City University of New York (CUNY). She holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Public Policy from The New School, an MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University, and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. A born and bred New Yorker, and first generation American, she lives and loves in Brooklyn, NY.










Mariana Del Valle Prieto Cervantes - Clean and Healthy Waters Consultant

Mariana Del Valle Prieto Cervantes has committed her life to help advocate for and represent the Latinx community in the environmental movement. Raised in California’s central coast, Mariana obtained her degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Communities. She started her career near the ocean at a local aquarium where she gained experience in public education and community engagement. As the Bilingual Program Specialist, Mariana worked closely to meet their strategic goals of producing a more diverse and inclusive organization by creating and implementing bilingual blended programs and serving our Latinx visitors.

Previously, she was the Bilingual Community Educator for Our Children’s Earth Foundation, where she engaged the local community around Elkhorn Slough, CA and educated them on the dangers of consuming fish that are high in methylmercury.

Mariana also comes with experience working with local government and policy action campaigns at the local, state, and national level that provide her with a unique understanding of environmental policy and the need for the community to be engaged. Mariana serves in the Seaside Environmental Committee and was awarded the Jefferson’s Award in 2017 for her efforts of bringing together the community and its stakeholders to reduce single-use plastics at the local level. Through her work in coalition building, environmental policy advocacy, public education, and community engagement, Mariana has a strong passion and commitment to serve GreenLatinos.



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