The Loma Prietan - July/August 2012

Adrien Salazar Brings Fresh Perspective

Chapter Welcomes New Conservation Program Coordinator

by Erin Barrite

Adrien Salazar brings his considerable community organizing skills to the Chapter as its new Conservation Program Coordinator. Photo: Patrici Flores
Adrien Salazar brings his considerable community organizing skills to the Chapter as its new Conservation Program Coordinator. Photo: Patrici Flores

With an impressive resume and expertise in community organizing, Adrien Salazar has joined the Chapter staff as Conservation Program Coordinator, a position focused on finding volunteers for and otherwise supporting our Cool Cities Teams, our Sustainable Land Use (SLU) and Transportation Committees, and our internship program.

“The importance of our Chapter volunteers cannot be overstated,” says Adrien. “Whether they provide ongoing contributions by sitting on committees or serve as interns, they are the foundation of the Chapter. Without their dedication and enthusiasm, we could not make the level of impact needed to drive change in our communities.”

Adrien brings a fresh perspective to the Chapter. He spent three years on the staff of the Chinatown Community Development Center, an affordable housing and community services organization. He did outreach and research last year with Green for All, a national organization promoting green jobs and a sustainable economy. He contributed six years of grassroots organizing and outreach for campaigns for the Filipino/American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity.

After moving back to San Jose recently, Adrien saw this Chapter job as an opportunity to make a difference locally, using his community organizing skills.

More Feet on the Ground

One of the Chapter’s goals is to help Cool Cities teams be active and effective agents of change. Adrien will recruit volunteers and interns for Cool City teams that need more feet on the ground to move local initiatives forward. New people might help with outreach programs and events, or they might provide food or coordinate committee meetings.

Likewise, for our SLU and Transportation Committees, Adrien will look for volunteers and interns to support the committees’ goals of building walkable, transit-friendly communities. These people will evaluate community projects and help the Chapter support successful city planning and development processes for our growing region. The Chapter’s internship program currently includes 10 interns who, as a group, work as much as 200 hours a month. They are generally students or recent graduates looking for experience in environmental activism.

In his new position, Adrien reports to Megan Fluke, the Chapter’s Conservation Program Manager.

Erin Barrite is a Chapter member and serves on the Loma Prietan editorial board.