Aura Vásquez

Native Colombian, an advocate for environmental issues, and committed to advance a social justice agenda in the most vulnerable communities in Los Angeles. Aura join CPD to lead their climate justice work. She coordinates all of the national efforts and represent CPD in national tables such as the Ready for 100% campaign, The People's Climate March, and the US Climate Action Network among others. Aura in in charge of the developing a climate justice strategy that includes the work of over 15 CPD partners on the ground.  

Aura has over 10 years of public affairs and intergovernmental relations experience in New York, Washington D.C, and California. Her recent experience includes working alongside the city of Los Angeles and the Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign in their efforts to make L.A. coal free by 2025. She helped establish the Feed & Tariff Initiative, the largest rooftop solar program in the country. Aura was also an strategic partner helping bring Energy Efficiency programs and community solar to Los Angeles residents.

Aura's accomplishments includes, helping Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Glendale divest from Coal by 2015, ban the single use of plastic bag in Los Angeles, support passing SB 32 and SB 350, and many national campaigns including the pass of the Clean Power Plan. Aura is currently serving as board member at the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters. She was previously a Political Advisor in New York City Congressman Eliot Engel’s office. She also served for two terms at the Wilshire Center Koreatown neighborhood council as vice-president. Aura received a degree in Political Science from The City University New York- Lehman and recently graduated from Leadership, Organizing, and Action from Harvard Kennedy school. She enjoys traveling, the outdoors, dancing, and meeting new people.