“Communities of color are hit first and worst when it comes to the harmful consequences of climate change and are disproportionately impacted by environmental harms…”
Meet Amanda Aguirre, Executive Vice President & COO of Green Latinos.
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.
On the importance of communities of color understanding what is happening as it relates to the environment
I believe our communities are already “cultural conservationists.” Our culture, values and each of our unique heritages are grounded in caring for loved ones, a respect for the mother earth, and a natural resourcefulness.
It is critical that our communities know what is at stake and how climate change impacts their daily lives so they can lead the way in finding solutions to problems like having safe water to drink, clean air to breathe, and affordable access to public lands without fearing for their health or safety.
I feel hopeful when I think of the women in the environmental justice movement and how they have paved the way and inspired young women leaders coming into this space every day.
Unfortunately, it is too often that I have looked around the room and been the only woman of color. It is imperative that multicultural women play a leadership role in advocating for their communities, especially as it relates to the environment. Women of color are the future of leadership, and with every door, we walk through, I hope we take another woman of color with us.
This campaign is sponsored by the Clean Water for All Campaign.