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Yvette Lopez-Ledesma

AFFILIATION: Tias on Trails

TITLE: Founder

LOCATION: California

LANGUAGE: English, Spanish

EXPERTISE AREA: Climate Change, Conservation, DEIJ, Environmental Justice, Hispanic/Latine/a/o Communities, Outdoors/Recreation, Transportation & Infrastructure, Water


Yvette Lopez-Ledesma (she/her) is the founder of Tias on Trails, a body positive hiking group for women in their señora era. She also works as the Deputy Vice President of Community-led Conservation at The Wilderness Society, a national environmental conservation organization. She and her team work on developing programs to ensure that communities in urban and rural places can access the benefits of parks, open space and public lands. Mrs. Lopez-Ledesma most recently served as a Lecturer in the Urban Studies and Planning Department at California State University Northridge. From 2013-2018 Yvette served as Deputy Director of Pacoima Beautiful, an environmental justice organization in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. She earned her BA in Urban Studies and Planning at CSUN and also earned her Master of Public Administration & Urban Planning. Yvette recently served as a member of the City of Los Angeles Planning Commission, and was a Delegate for the California Democratic Party. She has previously served on the RE:Code LA Zoning Advisory Committee, as Chair and Vice Chair of the San Fernando Valley Metro Service Council, the Sustainable Burbank Committee, and was also a Board Member of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters. Mrs. Lopez-Ledesma has over 18 years of work and volunteer experience focused on her purpose to advance park and trail equity, undo the harms of urban planning, and promote inclusive community engagement.


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