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Ernesto Villaseñor, Jr

AFFILIATION: Chesapeake Climate Action Network

TITLE: Federal Campaign Coordinator

LOCATION: Maryland

LANGUAGE: English, Spanish

EXPERTISE AREA: Agriculture Policy, Climate Change, Energy Policy, Environmental Justice, Environmental Racism, Food Justice, Housing, Hispanic/Latine/a/o Communities, Pollution, Sustainbility


Ernesto Villaseñor, Jr. (he/him) is CCAN’s Federal Campaign Coordinator. In this role, Ernesto analyzes executive actions, federal legislation, and laws to strengthen their climate change advocacy impact. A native of Compton, Ernesto drew on his firsthand experience to understand the effects of injustices, inspiring him to dedicate himself to the cause of social justice. With over 10 years of experience in community organizing and legislative advocacy, he has worked tirelessly to ensure farmworkers in California get overtime pay via legislative action; advocated for local and state reproductive justice rights; and assisted the most vulnerable of Skid Row with housing, employment, and other essential resources. During law school, he explored the impact of an environmental rights amendment in Maryland and looked at the implications of climate change and extreme heat on property law and tenant rights doctrines. A First-Generation Latino, Ernesto received his law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law. During his time there, he was the President of the Environmental Law Society and UB Students for Public Interest, and is an active member of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. Ernesto holds a B.S. in Sustainability Studies with a minor in Economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


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