Robert García, Civil Rights Attorney, Appointed to NEEF Board of Directors

Founding Director and Counsel of The City Project in Los Angeles Appointed to National Board

WASHINGTON, DC – NEEF, also known as the National Environmental Education Foundation, announced today the appointment of Robert García to its Board of Directors. Mr. García is a civil rights attorney and the founding director and counsel of The City Project, a nonprofit based in Los Angeles, CA working to achieve equal justice, democracy, and livability for all.

Through The City Project’s programs, Mr. García works to engage, educate, and empower communities for equal access to public resources, focusing on access to healthy green land use through community planning, health equity, and climate justice. He has influenced the investment of over $41 billion in underserved communities.

“Mr. García has a distinguished career improving lives and communities through increased access to green space and health care, and has given a voice to those most vulnerable to environmental impacts,” said NEEF Board Chairman Decker Anstrom. “His expertise will enrich NEEF’s commitment to reach Americans where they are, making connections to the environment and how it relates to daily life.”

Mr. García graduated from Stanford University and Stanford Law School, where he served on the Board of Editors of the Stanford Law Review and is known as a "civil rights giant." He is an Assistant Professor at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science and has served as Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, as well as an attorney with NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund. 

Mr. García came to the US at age four as an immigrant from Guatemala. In 2010, he received the President's Award from the American Public Health Association. He has been named one of the top 100 Latino Green Leaders by PODER Magazine and Hispanic Business Magazine recognized him as one of the 100 most influential Latinos in the United States.

"We know that children and underserved populations are especially vulnerable to environmental health impacts,” said NEEF President Diane Wood. “Mr. Garcia’s in-depth understanding of the needs and challenges facing underserved communities, and most importantly the solutions, will be an asset for NEEF as we work to raise the environmental consciousness of millions to improve the daily lives of all."


About NEEF

NEEF was chartered by Congress in 1990 to partner with the EPA to advance environmental literacy nationwide. NEEF’s vision is that by 2022, 300 million Americans actively use environmental knowledge to ensure the wellbeing of the earth and its people. To achieve its vision, NEEF offers science-based, unbiased information through its own communications platforms, as well as a network of trusted professionals and affinity communities that, with their relationships and credibility, amplify environmental messages to national audiences. NEEF also implements environmental education investments in areas that best connect with everyday life: health, weather + climate, and nature where we live, learn, work, and play. Learn more at – or follow NEEF on Facebook (link is external) & Twitter (link is external).

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