Adrien is an organizer, political ecologist, and writer who advocates for just and regenerative visions for our economies and environment led by communities.
Adrien’s work includes coordinating transnational environmental justice campaigns with the Filipino American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity for over eight years. He has served with the Sierra Club, where he managed campaigns for sustainable land-use and transportation policy in the San Francisco Bay Area. With the Sustainable Economies Law Center in Oakland, California, he developed engagement strategies for community-owned energy projects and researched seed needs of farmers of color. Adrien has also attended the UN international Climate Change Conference, supporting Small Island States.
Adrien is committed to environmental solutions that protect commons and community-ownership of natural resources. He has researched the global carbon benefit of indigenous land management practices as a Project Drawdown Research Fellow. His research contributed to the Indigenous People’s Land Management chapter of Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever to Reverse Global Warming (2017, Penguin Press). He is also a Fellow with the 2016 inaugural cohort of the University of Michigan Environmental Fellows Program for diversity in environmental philanthropy.
Adrien is from San Jose, California and Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines. He holds his Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He received his B.A. in Sociology from U.C. Berkeley. Adrien enjoys hiking, running, gardening, and visiting the sacred places of the earth.