FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 5, 2019
Contact: Dana Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-548-4585
WASHINGTON, DC – WE ACT for Environmental Justice welcomes Arnoldo Alonzo as National Campaign Manager. Alonzo is based in the Federal Policy Office of WE ACT, a Harlem-based nonprofit, and is responsible for delivering national campaigns that build presence and amplify the voices of grassroots environmental justice organizations that comprise the Environmental Justice Leadership Forum.
“We are pleased to have this critical capability in place at a time when there is growing authoritarianism within the Executive Branch of our government and increasing efforts to remove allpoliciesthat protect people of color and other vulnerable communities,” said Cecil Corbin-Mark, who serves as Deputy Director and Director of Policy Initiatives at WE ACT. “We welcome Arnoldo to our organization and look forward to his contributions to the environmental justice movement.”
The EJ Forum is an alliance of 45 organizations that advocate for communities on the frontlines of environmental and climate injustices across the country. Alonzo’s initial focus as National Campaign Manager will be to grow the EJ Forum to include other public health, social justice, and community-building allies and to develop a national campaign that will support frontline community participation in civic and electoral processes including the 2020 U.S. Census and 2020 U.S. Presidential Race.
“It is a great privilege and honor to work for an environmental justice and equity organization that has been winning real victories for communities of color and low income for more than 30 years,” said Alonzo. “I look forward to using my training, knowledge and experience to lift up the voices and concerns of frontline communities and to ensure we address and resolve the most pressing environmental injustices they face.”
Alonzo is a campaign veteran who has contributed his expertise to progressive victories across the United States. He led organizing efforts that advanced the decriminalization of marijuana in California; raised the minimum wage in Arkansas; and elected Catherine Cortez-Masto, the first Latina, to the U.S. Senate from Nevada and Sylvester Turner as Mayor of Houston, Texas.
Prior to his tenure with WE ACT, Alonzo worked as a senior education equity consultant within the Aldine Independent School District in Harris County, Texas. He also served as senior campaign strategist with Demos, where he led their Race-Class Narrative Project and supported initiatives that contributed to the election of candidates of color to the U.S. Congress and state legislatures, as well as the passing of criminal justice reforms in Missouri, Maryland, Florida, and Washington.
Alonzo is a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He also worked for two years as a deputy sheriff in Webb County, Texas.
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WE ACT for Environmental Justice is a Northern Manhattan membership-based organization whose mission is to build healthy communities by ensuring that people of color and/or low-income residents participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices. WE ACT has offices in New York and Washington, D.C. Visit us at weact.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.