Yvette Arellano

Board Member

Yvette is a Gulf Coast organizer and policy expert from Houston, Texas, dedicated to the causes of environmental and racial justice. They serve as a policy research and grassroots advocate with Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (T.e.j.a.s.). In 2015, they led the campaign against H.R. 702, which opened the floodgates to U.S. crude oil exports. Yvette represented the Gulf South Delegation and T.e.j.a.s. at the United Nations COP21 in Paris. They were instrumental in the joint 2016 publication Double Jeopardy in Houston and Air Toxics and Health in the Houston Community of Manchester between the Union of Concerned Scientists and T.e.j.a.s., revealing deep environmental injustice the belly of the beast, Houston. In 2018, Yvette was recognized with the GreenLatinos Emerging Leader Award.

Their most recent contribution can be read in Plastic and Health: The Hidden Cost of a Plastic Planet highlighting T.e.j.a.s.’ focus on human health impacts of petrochemicals involved in plastics production, chemical clusters, risk of accidents and the lack of community engagement and access to information. Throughout their work, Yvette strives to emphasize that access to clean water, air, land and food is a fundamental human right best pursued through vigorous intersectional thinking and organizing. They have testified before the House and Energy Committee, EPA, National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, and state legislature over environmental injustices.