Policy Director

Adrien Salazar is a climate justice and racial justice advocate who has fought for transformative and equitable climate policy solutions, food and land justice, and environmental justice for over twelve years. He joins GGJ as our first Policy Director. He supports the policy strategy, research, and advocacy of GGJ and our members from the local to national level. His work focuses on redistributive and reparative investments, racial equity in climate policy, and land and resource governance.

As a Steering Committee member of the NY Renews Coalition he supported the development and passage of New York’s landmark 2019 climate legislation. He sits on the board of the Sustainable Economies Law Center and the Filipino American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity. His research on the global carbon benefit of indigenous land management practices contributed to the Indigenous People’s Land Management chapter of Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever to Reverse Global Warming (2017, Penguin Press). He was recognized as one of the 2019 Grist 50 Fixers on Grist.com. Adrien is also a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and with Data for Progress. His writing has appeared in Fortune Magazine, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Gotham Gazette, and the Yale Tropical Resources Bulletin. He is from San Jose, California and Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines and enjoys running, caring for plants, and visiting the sacred places of the earth.