Juan is a Chicano and proud New Mexican. His hometown is Hobbs, New Mexico, which is the epicenter of the oil and gas industry in southeastern New Mexico. Growing up in an oil and gas town that also has a lot of racism issues; Juan experienced many social justice issues on a firsthand basis. For the past seven years, Juan has been the Environmental Justice Organizer with SWOP, assisting environmental justice communities their fights for self-determination to achieve clean air and water. Before joining SWOP, Juan was the New Mexico Beyond Coal organizer for Sierra Club, an organizer with New Mexico Youth Organized, and a Green for All fellow. Juan has also helped lead many youth leadership programs in the past. Beyond his professional experience, he has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of New Mexico. Juan brings a wealth of knowledge about the issues facing communities subject to polluting industry, and has a strong skill set in organizing.

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