Based in New Orleans, Emilia responsible for designing and overseeing leadership and training programs for USHRN members. Emilia’s community organizing journey began with a campaign to fight coal export terminals in rural southeastern Louisiana. Her work expanded to climate justice and equity organizing across the Gulf South with the 2015 Gulf South Rising initiative, and continues to grow in focus to include the entire US and the Global South. A native of Ecuador, Emilia earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and French from Tulane University and her Master of Science in Public Health from Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, with a double concentration in Environmental Public Health and Development. As a yoga teacher, Emilia is inspired by her quest for balance in the world. Emilia is also inspired by Assata Shakur, the Dalai Lama, Bishop Desmond Tutu, and all the grassroots community members fighting for justice and equity. Emilia represents USHRN in the American Public Health Association.