Shina is a bridge builder between passing transformative climate, energy, and housing policies, and implementing state policy through local models of Just Transition and Energy Democracy, rooted in local design and decision making of Asian Pacific Environmental Network’s immigrant and refugee leaders. She leads policy and political education trainings, community engagement processes, joint advocacy, and coordination with local and state coalitions to advance these projects and collective vision.  Her current focus is on implementation of policies, accessing investments, and engaging APEN communities as decision makers to build community-based climate resilience hubs in Oakland and Richmond. Shina has served in many roles at APEN since 2012, but her deep commitment to environmental justice at the intersection of human rights, health, and equity started from a young age between visiting family in the Philippines and growing up in the shadow of a Los Angeles area oil refinery. She has a degree in International Studies and Political Science from Cal State Long Beach.

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