José Bravo (he/him), Executive Director, Just Transition Alliance

José Bravo is a veteran environmental justice organizer and executive director of the Just Transition Alliance, where for more than 20 years, he has led a coalition of environmental justice and labor organizations–working frontline workers and community members who live along the fence-lines of polluting industries to create healthy workplaces and communities. His work in social justice issues is rooted in his upbringing in Southern California’s avocado fields alongside his farmworker parents. José has participated in the environmental justice (EJ) movement since 1990 and has been involved in drafting the EJ principles and the Jemez principles of Democratic Organizing . José has sat on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is presently a coordinator of the National Campaign for Healthier Solutions. Over the years, José has attended numerous U.N. Climate Conferences. Because there will be heavy emphasis around just transition strategies at this year’s United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), José along with members of the Just Transition Alliance and Central Florida Jobs with Justice are organizing a delegation of workers and communities to participate in meetings, actions and events both inside and outside COP26 in Glasgow. “This is a critical moment to come together and force elected leaders at the UN to center the vision, voices and priorities of those workers and communities who are first and most impacted by climate change, so that we can effectively reduce both climate pollution and the direct harm faced by people everywhere,” José says.