Our guests presented on the health, economic and other consequences of our fossil fuel economy on lower-income communities and people of color, current legislative efforts, including AB 345, to reduce the disproportionate impacts on these frontline communities, and what actions we can take to secure an equitable, healthy and vibrant Climate-Safe California.
Katie Valenzuela has 10 years of public policy and environmental justice experience and most recently served Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia in key roles, first as the principal consultant for the Joint Legislative Committee on Climate Change, and then as Capitol Director. A community organizer for 20 years, Katie helped start the Sacramento Urban Agriculture Coalition, was one of the first Sacramento representatives on California’s AB 32 Environmental Justice Advisory Committee, and is co-chair of the Sacramento Community Land Trust. Katie holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Community Development from U.C. Davis.
Destiny Rodriguez has worked on air quality, health, and environmental issues in the Central Valley for over a decade. Destiny has worked for the Central California Asthma Collaborative, Central Valley Air Quality Coalition, Coalition for Clean Air, National Parks Conservation Association, and the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust. Destiny has a B.S. in Mass Communications Journalism with an emphasis on Public Relations, and Chicano Latin American Studies from California State University, Fresno.