Latinxs & the Environment Summit 2019
Key Note Speaker
Raul Grijalva – U.S. Congressman and Chair of the Natural Resources Committee
Chairman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) has been a conservation leader since his time on the Pima County Board of Supervisors, where he successfully championed the landmark Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan to protect the fragile Sonoran Desert ecosystem from overdevelopment. The plan, which the Friends of Saguaro National Park called “visionary” and “exemplary,” has steered endangered species protections and land use planning in Southern Arizona for more than a decade and has provided a model for other communities to follow.
Alvaro S. Sanchez is the Environmental Equity Director at the Greenlining Institute. An urban planner with extensive experience crafting, implementing, and evaluating strategies that leverage private and public investments to deliver community benefits to impacted communities. Alvaro leads our work on SB 535 (de León) which directs at least one quarter of California’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to disadvantaged communities. He also leads our neighborhood-scale sustainability initiative, a comprehensive and scalable approach to greenhouse gas reduction that leverages private and public investment while improving underserved communities throughout California.