Environmental Health and Justice Program Associate
"Born and raised in San Bernardino by immigrant parents, I learned first-hand the inequities associated with race and place. Working at Liberty Hill Foundation is my proactive approach to learn from and advocate alongside community-based organizations fighting for a better quality of life. As a social justice planner, my goal is to help pave the way for more livable neighborhoods, so that future generations can also be proud of where they are from."
Chuy is a current Master of Urban and Regional Planning student at UCLA, and is passionate about creating meaningful change through land use policies and community development efforts that promote environmentally just and equitable neighborhoods. Chuy provides key support to the Environmental Health and Justice program at Liberty Hill, where he began as a Luskin Fellow. His previous work experience includes serving as an Executive Fellow for the California Environmental Protection Agency and the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, where he supported statewide environmental justice policy initiatives and the development of California Climate Investment programs. He credits his commitment to social justice organizing and policymaking to his early exposure to community-driven activism through research projects and internships with the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance and East Los Angeles Community Corporation. Chuy received his bachelor’s degree in urban and environmental policy with departmental honors from Occidental College.