Juan (he/him) directs, recruits and facilitates for several of ELP's Core Fellowship Programs. Previously, Juan worked with the USDA Forest Service, supporting partnership development, where he led a national program to engage diverse communities in conservation education projects while increasing access to their public lands.
Juan also has experience in labor organizing, youth development and immigrant rights work. He serves on different environmental and social justice boards including Defensores de la Cuenca (Watershed Defenders), a non-profit dedicated to helping the Latinx community connect with the natural world through knowledge, shared experiences, and opportunities to preserve and defend the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Juan is a certified nature bathing guide and LOVES eating all of the veggie Mexican and Thai food that he can get his hands (and mouth) on.