PRESENTERS AND PARTICIPANTS

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Osvel Hinojosa

Osvel Hinojosa is the Director of the Water and Wetlands Program for Pronatura Noroeste.  He obtained his M.Sc. in Wildlife Ecology and Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from the University of Arizona.  Osvel Hinojosa has been working in multiple conservation and research projects in northwestern Mexico since 1997, in particular in riparian and wetland areas of the Sonoran Desert... Read more...

Homero Aridjis

Homero Aridjis, one of Latin America's greatest living writers and environmental activists, is the author of forty-eight books of poetry and prose, including Maria La Monarca (Maria the Monarch), Eyes to See Otherwise (New Directions), Solar Poems (City Lights), and 1492: The Life and Times of Juan Cabezón of Castile (University of New Mexico Press)... Read more...

Chairman Dave Archambault

He runs as Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to act on behalf of fellow Tribal Members to bring hope for change.

Adrianna Quintero

Adriana Quintero is the Director of Partner Engagement for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Executive Director of Voces Verdes.  Adrianna started as an attorney in NRDC’s Environment and Health program litigating working on... Read more...

 

Carlos Fernández

Eric Balken

Carlos Fernandez is the State Director for The Nature Conservancy in
Colorado. Carlos joined the Colorado Chapter in January 2015 and leads a
staff of 57 employees...  
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Eric grew up in Salt Lake City, falling in love with Utah's mountains, rivers, and deserts at a young age. As a teenager, he volunteered for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, gaining experience in public land surveys, cataloguing organizational records, and grassroots organizing...  Read more...

 

Diego Bagu

Graduate in Astronomy at Faculty of Astronomical and Geophysical Sciences (FCAG), National University of La Plata, Argentina. Soon to defend my PhD Thesis in Astronomy (FCAG). Topic research: Space Geodesy. Since 2014, diego is  Management Director of Planetarium of La Plata (PCLP). He is also Researcher and Teacher at FCAG and at the Institute of Engineering of Arturo Jauretche National University (UNAJ).

Rep. Raúl Grijalva

Raúl Grijalva began his career in public service as a community organizer in Tucson. Four decades later, he continues to be an advocate for those in need and a voice for the constituents of his home community. From 1974 to 1986... Read more...

Rudy Arredondo

Rudy Arredondo is the President/CEO/Founder of the National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association (NLFRTA) who represents the interests, nationally, of small Latino farmers and ranchers in Washington, DC, organizing, proposing food, farming & agriculture policy recommendations to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Congress and think tanks... Read more...

 

Crisanta Durán

Crisanta Duran, the Majority Leader of the Colorado House of Representatives, is in her third term representing House District 5 in central Denver.
Rep. Duran has been a leader in legislative economic development efforts... 
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Tariana Navas

Tariana is the Director of Cultural Affairs at the McNichols Civic Building for the City of Denver Arts and Venues.

Leticia DeCaigny

Leticia DeCaigny is part of the Global Community Monitor (GCM) organization, an environmental justice and human rights non profit that empowers industrial communities to recreate a clean healthy and truly sustainable environment.

 

Jorge Figueroa

Tara Rodríguez

Tara Rodríguez was born and raised in Santurce, Puerto Rico. Tara graduated from the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. For 13 years Tara has been working in photography, architecture, design, retail, art, construction and food...  Read more...

As a Senior Water Policy Analyst for Western Resource Advocates, Jorge works closely with water providers, decision-makers, and partner organizations in the Mountain West to ensure communities can meet their long-term water needs while sustaining healthy rivers and robust outdoor recreation economies...  Read more...

Martín Better

Gio Blackmon

 

Daniela Liebman

After having graduated in May, 2016, Martín Better has been playing music in New Orleans while working in public service. He is eager to perform music that consists of both sides of the American hemisphere.  However, he has found that such work involves a language barrier, and wishes to learn from other bilingual artists who deal with this barrier...  Read more...

Born in Connecticut in 1958, Gio began singing at an early age, with the intention to sing pop music. In high school, Gio joined the band and started taking alto saxophone lessons when he was 14. He also studied classical voice with Lee Dunkle. He got picked up by a band called, Black Strategy, which was offered the opening act for Earth, Wind and Fire...  Read more...

Daniela was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. She began piano study at the age of 5, and has the distinction of being the youngest soloist in the history of Mexico to appear with a professional orchestra, when she debuted at eight years old playing Mozart’s 8th piano concerto with the Aguascalientes Symphony... Read more...

Rafael Lopez

Rafael López is an internationally recognized illustrator and artist. A children’s book illustrator, he won the 2016 Pura Belpré medal from the American Library Association for his illustrations for Drum Dream Girl and the 2010 Pura Belpré medal for Book Fiesta...  Read more...

Mark Magaña

Mark Magaña is the Founding President and CEO of GreenLatinos, a national coalition of Latino environmental, natural resources, and conservation leaders. Mark is also the founder and principal of the Hispanic Strategy Group consulting firm...  Read more...

 

Midy Aponte

Midy Aponte is an accomplished communications strategist intent on delivering meaningful results that connect a range of audiences to promote a common goal...  Read more...

Eutimia Cruz Montoya

 

Yashira Jordán

Graduated in the career of Audiovisual Arts of the city of La Plata. Talent from Berlinale Talent Campus 2008 and Talent Campus Buenos Aires 2007. She wrote, produced and directed DURAZNO...  Read more...

Matías Paradela

Matias Paradela was born in 1989 in Argentina he is a painter, illustrator & art director. He lives between Bolivia and New York, in Bolivia hew works together with the artist Keiko Gonzalez... Read more...

Eutimia Cruz Montoya is a Denver born-and-raised Mestiza of Arapaho, Apache, Diné, Comanche, Picuris, Tarahumara, Mexica, Spanish, French and German descent. She practices spirit in honor of all her ancestral lineages and by way of her Xicana-Mexica upbringing...  Read more...

 

Falco

Carlos Alejandro Chang Falco (Falco) was born in Cuba in 1965 and works in the field of illustration, graphic design and graphic humor earning awards at national and international competitions. He collaborates with the UNICEF...  Read more...

Felipe Benítez

Felipe Benítez has more than 15 years of experience designing and implementing strategic communications programs to enhance and protect the reputations of organizations, governments, companies, and brands...  Read more...

Helga Garza

Helga Garcia Garza originally from southern Texas today resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she serves as the Director of Agri-Cultura Cooperative Network.  A co-op of 9 organic farmers located in the South Valley and 25 allied farms throughout the State of New Mexico... Read more...

 

Alfonso "Piloto"

Nieves Ruiz

David Manzanares

David Manzanares is a sculptor; his indigenous roots and his desire to show the world the richness of Mexican culture shapes his artistic expression. In developing his professional work, the artist in question, has learned to look at art through different eyes, through a process that aims to share his art with diverse communities...  Read more...

Alfonso “Piloto” Nieves Ruiz is a self-taught artist from Queretaro, Mexico who moved to Chicago in 1997. He is a skilled sculptor who works primarily with clay and recycled materials to create dramatic, surreal pieces that deal with social issues...  Read more...

Darryl Vigil

T. Darryl Vigil, Jicarilla Apache, Jemez Pueblo, Zia Pueblo is currently the Water Administrator for the Jicarilla Apache Nation and Chairman of Water
is Life a Tribal Partnership. He is also the official spokesperson for the Colorado River Ten Tribes Partnership... 
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Josh Fox

 

So Young Lee

Jessica Powell

Jessica Powell has translated numerous Latin American authors, including works by César Vallejo, Jorge Luis Borges, Ernesto Cardenal, Maria Moreno, Ana Lidia Vega Serova and Edmundo Paz Soldán...  Read more...

Americas for Conservation + the Arts Board member and Executive/Music Director at Rocky Ridge Music Center, received her Doctorate in Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of California, Santa Barbara... Read more...

Josh Fox is an American film director, playwright and environmental activist, best known for his Oscar-nominated 2010 documentary, Gasland. He followed that up with the HBO production of Gasland Part II... Read more...

Aura Vásquez

Juan Parras

Edgardo Gómez Pisco

Nancy Dammann

Jaime Chavez

Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish

 

Mister G

 

Kim Delfino

 
 

Robert Mandel

Franklin Cruz

Jared Polis

Robert Mandel, Americas For Conservation + the Arts Board VICE PRESIDENT, has been in academic and trade book publishing for over 34 years, 27 of these as a University Press Director...  Read more...

Franklin Cruz, Youth Outreach and Conservation Intern, is a queer Latinx poet born in Idaho, raised in Texas and polished in Denver. A biologist by study, dancer and community leader,...  Read more...

Nancy currently serves as the international facilitator for VASI (Amazonian Vision for an Integrated Sustainability/Visión Amazónica para la Sostenibilidad Integral) a community-based project founded by nine communities from the district of Sarayacu in the Peruvian Amazon.

Edgardo Gomez Pisco was born in the town of San Cristóbal, in the District of Sarayacu, Department of Loreto, in the Peruvian Amazon. His childhood was split between school in the town of Dos de Mayo and work and life on his parents’ farm on the edge of a near-by lake... Read more...

Kim Delfino is the California Program Director for Defenders of Wildlife. Kim oversees the work of Defenders’ California program team in protecting and restoring California’s imperiled wildlife and the places in which they live...  Read more...

A Latin GRAMMY Award winner for Best Children’s Album, Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer) has been called “a bilingual rockstar” by The Washington Post and “irresistible” by People Magazine...  Read more...

Jared Polis is an independent leader who uses his private and public sector experience to find pragmatic solutions to the challenges facing Colorado and the nation... Read more...

Jaime Chavez is a native New Mexican Poet, community organizer, filmmaker, who resides in the Manzano Mountains, east of Albuquerque...  Read more...

Juan has been organizing community voices for years beginning as a social worker with the Harris County Welfare Office and later with City of Houston Section 8 Housing Department where he organized the workers at both offices... Read more...

As a project instigator, artivist, multi-ethnic writer, facilitator, student and teacher of permaculture and ecological design, Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish has long been passionate and active in sustainability, social equity, and cultural imagination...  Read more...

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... Read more...

Alicia Hinojosa

Trabajadora Social egresada de la Universidad de Sonora. Ha hecho trabajo comunitario durante 15 años en  comunidades campesinas e  indígenas  mayos y yaquis.

Alicia es presidenta de la asociación de Escritores y Promotores de Cultura de San Luis Rio Colorado.

 

Paul Cawood Hellmund

Mike Cohen

Bianca Mikahn

 

Noemi Luján

 

Rik Sargent

Benita Duran

Yuliana Dimas

Chris Espinosa

Gabe Vásquez

Understanding and incorporating sustainability into land-use decision making is a driving interest of educator Paul Cawood Hellmund, as is exploring the role of project- and placed-based experiential learning for sustainability in higher education, a topic he is pursuing as a SoGES Visiting Fellow... Read more...

An avid outdoorsman who grew up fishing the waters of the Rio Grande in southern New Mexico, Gabe has a passion for increasing diversity within New Mexico’s public lands. With strong family roots in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Gabe has spent his career working in the Mesilla Valley and Washington, D.C.... Read more...

Since 1998, Michael Cohen’s work with the Pacific Institute has focused on water use in the Colorado River basin and delta region and the management and revitalization of the Salton Sea ecosystem. Michael received a B.A. in Government from Cornell University and has a Master’s degree in Geography, with a concentration in Resources and Environmental Quality, from San Diego State University.

Yuliana Dimas, a social worker for one of Mexico’s leading environmental organizations, ProNatura Noroeste, recognizes the cultural significance of restoring the flow of the Colorado River through its natural delta... Read more...

Benita Duran is a 5th generation Colorado native raised in Pueblo and currently living in Boulder. She has extensive professional expertise in community engagement and organizational capacity building, government affairs and workforce development arenas throughout the southwest... Read more...

Chris Espinosa serves as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for GreenLatinos.  With nearly a decade of organizational management, federal public policy, coalition-building, and advocacy experience in Washington, D.C., he is a seasoned advocacy professional with a wealth of talent and a tremendous asset to the GreenLatinos team... Read more...

Noemi Lujan Perez’s career is a merger of diversity-niche public relations, social responsibility, and brand management across private industry and the public sector. Her 20-year portfolio includes Microsoft Corp., MGM Mirage Properties, Heinz Foundation, HITN TV, and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce... Read more...

Bianca Mikahn rocks the highest energy stages and fortifies the deepest learning spaces... Read more...

Rik Sargent left the university environment in 1972 to move home to Colorado and study with the local masters that were creating the realistic art known as western art... Read more...

Katie Millard

 

Tom Goldtooth

Tom B.K. Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Minnesota-headquartered Indigenous Environmental Network, is a social change activist for over 35 years, become internationally recognized as an environmental and climate justice leader... Read more...

Katie Millard acts as outreach manager for the Nature Conservancy.

Francisco Zamora

Francisco Zamora Arroyo joined the Sonoran Institute in April 2002 to manage activities in the Delta of the Colorado River. Dr. Zamora has more than fourteen years experience working in the Delta as a researcher and project manager... Read more...

Germán Gonzalez

 

Carlos Noboa

Erika Nuno

Carlos Noboa is a Ecuadorian multi-instrumentalist, co-founder of the Baracutanga band. The group is rounded out by an extremely talented and inventive cast performing on guitars, horns, flutes, accordions, vibes, an array of percussion and all manner of string instruments and is often joined on stage by Afro-Peruvian and Latin dancers.

German Gonzalez hails from Juitepec, Morelos, Mexico.  He has a vast experience as a journalist for print media.  He has held the position of Director of News in a variety of weekly publications, his first of which was for the La Buena radio, 1150 AM.  He worked for El Comercio of Colorado, and since 2012 he has been the News Director for La Prensa of Colorado.

Erika Nuno is an accomplished multicultural marketing and communications professional with over 15 years experience developing creative integrated marketing solutions for products, brands and causes. Her social media work has been highlighted in Forbes,... Read more...

Fernando Pineda

 
 

Jerry Tinianow 

Jorge Ramírez Hernández

Arturo Garcia

Karin Quimby

Doug Good Feather 

Doug Good Feather is a respected member of the Denver Native American Indian Community and an enrolled member of the Hunkpapa Lakota from the band of Grandpa Chief Sitting Bull, of the Lakota Nation... Read more...

Karin Quimby comes to Moms Clean Air Force with a strong background in political affairs, coalition building and field management. Karin served as the Southern Regional Field Director and Deputy Director of Project One America at the Human Rights Campaign, and before that managed environmental issues for two elected leaders in California... Read more...

Fernando Pineda-Reyes, BS, is the CEO and founder of CREA Results, he has over 15 years of experience in professional services focused on project leadership, strategic planning, organizational development, community priority setting, communications planning, facilitation, community-based participatory research, and community engagement outcome evaluation... Read more...

Jerry Tinianow is Denver’s first Chief Sustainability Officer. He coordinates the efforts of all city agencies and their 11,000 employees in achieving the City’s 2020 Sustainability Goals. These goals, among the most comprehensive and ambitious of any municipality in the U.S., seek to ensure that the basic resources upon which economic activity and quality of life depend are available and affordable to everyone in Denver, both today and tomorrow... Read more...

Jorge is a researcher of the Institute of Engineering of the University Autonomous of Baja California (UABC) from 1989. Currently, he is chief of the Hydrology, Geophysics, and Environmental Impact Department. He got his bachelor on Physical Oceanography in the Marine Sciences School of UABC with honors... Read more...

Arturo Garcia is a Full time artist and writer/editor. His love for color give his style a unique perspective on both the subject and his media of preference which is applying oil color on canvas with palette knives leaving as result an exciting combination of abstract within the figure. His paintings are in different galleries in the Denver area as well as in Mexico... Read more...

 

Federico Iglesias Serafín

Federico Iglesias Serafín, historiador del delta del Río Colorado. Su obra rescata el acontecer histórico de ese sitio ubicado en la cuenca baja del Río Colorado,  detallando las descripciones de los numerosos viajeros que durante la etapa misional entraron en contacto con las etnias deltaicas del Colorado.

Nita Gonzalez

A Denver native, Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd has worked on water issues locally, nationally and internationally. She is the Director of Marketing and Social Responsibility at Denver Botanic Gardens, where she drives water-oriented programming, partnerships and communications...Read more...

Nita Gonzales was raised to be an activist. Alongside her father, the legendary Chicano activist Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales, Nita learned early on the importance of culture, tradition and the strength of Latino leaders...Read more...

Devon Peña

 

Nancy Saldaña

Directora General de Arquitectura y Energía Sustentable (ARQCOES). Este organismo colabora con la sociedad civil, el gobierno y diferentes ONG ́S para desarrollar proyectos en beneficio de la
comunidad. Nancy también es secretaria de la Comisión Internacional de Límites y Aguas.

Since 1999, Dr. Peña has served in appointment as Full Professor of American Ethnic Studies, Anthropology, Chicana/o Studies, and the Program on the Environment at the University of Washington in Seattle. He directed and assisted in the creation of the University’s Doctoral Program in Environmental Anthropology (1999-2005)... Read more...

Ricardo Salvador

As the senior scientist and director of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, Ricardo Salvador works with citizens, scientists, economists, and politicians to transition our current food system into one that grows healthy foods while employing sustainable and socially equitable practices... Read more...

Elin Palmer

 

Debbie Scheer

Maite Arce

Maite Arce is a leading voice in creating access and enhancing opportunities for Latino communities to connect with information, partners, and resources they need for a better life...Read more...

Steeped in Swedish Folk music since her birth in Värmland, Sweden, Elin Palmer has been incorporating the Scandinavian sounds into her own music, made modern with her ethereal pop vocals and indie rock twists, providing an aural landscape at once lush and mythical as rune stones covered in moss...Read more...

Debbie Scheer is a humorist, emcee, benefits auctioneer and professional speaker who resides in Denver Colorado with her two young boys. Her perspective on life, thus her comedy, has an element that will get a laugh from anybody. Her comedic timing is naturally clever, while the punchlines show off her kind but provocative nature...Read more...

 

Jennifer Pitt

ennifer Pitt joined Audubon in December 2015 to advise the organization’s strategies to protect and restore rivers throughout the Colorado River Basin. At Audubon she continues to lead the United States–Mexico collaboration to restore the long-desiccated Colorado River Delta...Read more...

Maria Estrada

Maria Estrada is Associate Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at The Nature Conservancy. Her work includes building capacity across the organization to work more effectively with a diversity of communities.

Nicholas Baker

Nicholas Baker is a multi-instrumentalist, specializing in drum set, vibes, and percussion.  He performs with three Albuquerque bands regularly: Baracutanga, Wagogo, and Cali Shaw Band and frequently with other groups such as RockFox, PANdemonium and  Zoltan Orkestar... Read more...

 

Marina Barragan

Meg White

Nicole Karsin

Nicole Karsin has worked in Latin America for 20 years as a human rights activist, journalist, and documentarian. She is currently producing a documentary political thriller that reveals dark secrets of poisoned Amazonian waters when indigenous water protectors take on big oil in US court...Read more...

Meg White works as a flow scientist and ecologist with The Nature Conservancy in Colorado and for the entire Colorado River Basin. In her role at The Conservancy, Meg develops frameworks and tools that assess environmental metrics to quantify environmental flows and prioritize conservation outcomes...  Read more...

Marina works on the My Generation Campaign which is an environmental justice grassroots organizing campaign which aims for 100% clean energy to power California. She also works with youth in frontline communities throughout Riverside County through a committee/snowflake model. This model focuses on leadership development and mobilization that relies on personal relationships and accountability to one another.

Pedro Buitimea Chan

Pedro is a youth leader, who belongs to the Cocopah Indian Tribe. This group is also known as the River People, whom have lived along the Colorado River and delta. For centuries, the Cocopah people, have maintained their traditional and cultural beliefs through the various political environments and ever-changing landscapes.

Luiz Rocha

Luiz Rocha is the Follett Chair of Ichthyology at the California Academy of Sciences. His major research interests include evolution, conservation, taxonomy, and community ecology of coral reef fishes. He frequently tries to combine these fields, linking ecology to evolution and using molecular tools to answer biogeographic and taxonomic questions...  Read more...

Lydia Prado

Lydia Prado is the Vice President of Child & Family Services at the Mental Health Center of Denver, including five outpatient sites and one resource center...  Read more...

Erika Guevara-Rosas

Erika Guevara-Rosas is a feminist lawyer and human rights activist, who currently serves as the Americas Programme Director at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International.  She is responsible for leading the organization’s human rights work across the region... Read more...

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