Jessica Loya is the Government Relations and Public Affairs Associate at the Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF). She will be presenting HAF’s initiative, Latino Conservation Week, at SHIFT for the Planet on Wednesday, November 1. Latino Conservation Week is a 2017 SHIFT Award Official Selection.
Jessica is an emerging leader and voice in creating access and enhancing opportunities for Latinos to connect to, experience, and serve as advocates for the environment and public lands. Her experience in community organizing, community advocacy, and coalition building has led her from the neighborhoods of East Los Angeles to Washington, DC, where she assisted the White House Council on Environmental Quality Office of Public Engagement during the Obama Administration engage with diverse community stakeholders.
For the last year, she has used her skills and experience to elevate and expand the work and impact of the Hispanic Access Foundation across the nation. Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF) is a DC-based national nonprofit known for its successful track record in building diverse coalitions, community engagement, and advocacy in 20 states across the nation.
Jessica, an outspoken advocate for diversity and inclusion in public lands has been featured on the Center for Western Priorities’ Go West, Young Podcast. She enjoys introducing other city-grown Latinxs and their families the joys of the outdoors through hiking, camping, and biking.