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Maya Batres

Maya Batres

AFFILIATION: The Nature Conservancy

TITLE: Senior Advisor, Climate Equity

LOCATION: California

LANGUAGE: English, Spanish

EXPERTISE AREA: Climate Change, Conservation, Deij, Energy Policy, Environmental Justice, Environmental Racism, Green Jobs/Economy, Hispanic/Latine/A/O Communities, Just Transition, Land Use


Maya Batres (she/her) is the Senior Advisor for Climate Equity at The Nature Conservancy where she manages the integration of equity and justice into the North America Climate Mitigation Program. She has over a decade of experience in climate and energy, with a focus on conservation, infrastructure, and land use, just transitions, and economy-wide decarbonization pathways, including leading programs at ClimateWorks Foundation and GRID Alternatives.

She is the author of several papers on environmental and climate justice, including serving as project director for the first spatial analysis of decarbonization pathways for California and the Western Interconnection. She was in the 2022 cohort of the Women’s Earth Alliance Grassroots Accelerator cohort, is the recipient of an Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellowship, and is an AmeriCorps VISTA alumni. She serves on the board of Justice Outside. Maya’s academic background is in civil rights and the environment. She earned her J.D. (Energy and Environmental Law) and her B.A. (Spanish Studies, African American Studies, Political Science) from the University of Minnesota. Maya is Guatemalan-American and speaks Spanish and English.


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