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Adrianna Quintero, Director of Partner Engagement, San Francisco

Adrianna Quintero

I started as a litigator with NRDC's environmental health program, where I focused on getting the government and industry to protect public health. My main focus was safe drinking water, bottled water, pesticides and toxic air pollution. Encouraged by my amazing colleagues in the program I started working on engaging Latinos on environmental advocacy. It was a natural transition when we considered that Latinos were being so seriously impacted by environmental health threats. Over time our program evolved and I launched Voces Verdes, a coalition of Latino leaders and organizations committed to fighting climate change.

I’m now excited to broaden my work engaging diverse communities nationwide partnering with African American leaders, faith leaders and many more. As the mother of two great kids I know we can’t afford to lose this fight. I’m excited to work with so many great allies and friends to reach that goal.

Recent Posts

Sharing Our Stories to Solve Climate Change

Posted August 12, 2015 by Adrianna Quintero

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Throughout human history storytelling has been a powerful way to connect, comfort each other, explore our dreams, and share the human experience. Our stories personalize us and bring heart and meaning to issues that often seem impersonal and distant from...continued

Celebrating Black Leadership on the Environment

Posted February 26, 2015 by Adrianna Quintero

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Black History Month calls for a celebration of the visionary environmental leadership of Black individuals and communities, as well as an examination of the many environmental injustices faced by people of color in our country. Whether we acknowledge it or...continued

The People's March Demands "Human Change, Not Climate Change"

Posted September 25, 2014 by Adrianna Quintero

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For anyone looking for a bellwether of our country’s stance on climate change, the People’s Climate March in New York City sent a clear signal: nearly half a million people took to the streets last Sunday to demand “Climate Action...continued

Climate Action; No Time to Wait

Posted May 28, 2014 by Adrianna Quintero

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Climate change impacts our lives threatening our health and the economy. I’ve spent years focusing on how environmental impacts affect us and recent reports like the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the National Climate Assessment...continued

Saving Mother Earth from Climate Change

Posted April 21, 2014 by Adrianna Quintero

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As we approach Earth Day and our celebration of Madre Tierra (Mother Earth), most of us can't help but be concerned about her health and the impacts that climate change is having on her and our own lives. The Earth is...continued

A Real Life Summer Bleakbuster

Posted April 7, 2014 by Adrianna Quintero

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I would challenge anyone to read the "bleakbuster" of a new report published last week by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and not come away with a deep feeling of dread for future generations. The IPCC report shows...continued

Yes We Care

Posted January 22, 2014 by Adrianna Quintero

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Yes we care, that’s the message Latinos in the United States delivered loud and clear in a new poll by Latino Decisions for the Natural Resources Defense Council. A majority of us, Latinos in the U.S. care about fighting climate change....continued

The Tragic Toll of Extreme Weather on Vulnerable Nations

Posted November 12, 2013 by Adrianna Quintero

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This weekend, Typhoon Haiyan, possibly the strongest tropical cyclone to reach land in recorded history hit the Philippines, pounding the country with wind speeds of 155-mph and a massive storm surge that reached up to 16 feet high. CNN reports...continued

The Importance of Remembering Superstorm Sandy

Posted October 29, 2013 by Adrianna Quintero

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Last year, I watched in horror as Superstorm Sandy approached the East Coast. Having lived through the category 5 Hurricane Andrew in South Florida, I knew firsthand the devastation that a massive hurricane can unleash. I knew the fear that so...continued

Americans (and Latino Americans) Message to Tea Party: We Want our EPA!

Posted October 17, 2013 by Adrianna Quintero

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Most, if not all of us, are applauding the fact that after a 16 day standoff, lawmakers were able to come to an agreement that puts the government back to work.  While the devil may be in the details, and...continued

EPA Acts to Protect Future Generations

Posted September 22, 2013 by Adrianna Quintero

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This past June, President Obama brought a smile to my face when he unveiled his plan to tackle climate change. He laid out a clear plan to solve the problem in a way that mapped out our road to a...continued

Climate Change and the Importance of Dr. King's Call to Remain Awake

Posted August 28, 2013 by Adrianna Quintero

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Fifty years ago today, Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, delivering a powerful call for freedom and equality that still resonates decades later. I’ve always found inspiration in Dr. King’s writings, and in remembering...continued

Obama's Climate Plan Will Bring Important Benefits for the Latino Community

Posted June 25, 2013 by Adrianna Quintero

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In a landmark speech today, President Obama laid out a clear plan to tackle climate change and reduce dangerous carbon pollution in the United States and abroad stating “We can do [this] as long as we don't fear the future;...continued

Let's Do This for Our Children

Posted June 24, 2013 by Adrianna Quintero

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I was spending Saturday with my family preparing to go out and enjoy a long walk when I got the news that President Obama would be announcing a major plan to tackle carbon pollution and prepare our country for climate...continued

Latinos, Robert Redford, and YOU: Who's Next to Call on President Obama to Tackle Climate Change?

Posted June 14, 2013 by Adrianna Quintero

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Summer is here, and for much of the country, it brings more than beach visits and shorts weather. As climate change drives our global temperatures upward, this summer brings with it the threat of deadly wildfires (like the fire already...continued

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