[live] Policy Platica – Latinas in Action: Energy and Environment!

Join LCSV for an amazing policy and advocacy discussion focused on energy, the environment and protecting our community.

Price: free to $50.
How to watch: Facebook page.




Our environment plays a big role in the overall health of our Latino communities.

Various things impact our community such as ozone degradation, lack of access to health affordable foods and much more. Our communities often live where it’s hotter, more susceptible to smog , and in most cases closer to industrial polluters. Children with marginalized identities disproportionately feel the health and economic impacts as a result of climate change and their economic outcomes.

Join Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley on Thursday, August 5th, 2021 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM as we spotlight Latinas in our community who are doing groundbreaking work in the Energy and Environment space around EV Emissions, Coyote Creek and the Reid-Hillview Airport Closure.

This event will be followed by putting words into action with a “Latina Day of Action.”

Don’t miss this opportunity to engage in learning and discussion regarding these issues and how we can work to protect our communities and the environment . Let’s empower Latinas to start these discussions in their homes and communities. We must lead the way to ensure that environmental reform embraces equitable access to the decision-making process that lead to a healthy, sustainable Silicon Valley.

Moderated by: Vanessa Grijalva , Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley Board Policy & Advocacy Co-Chair


We welcome our wonderful panelists:

Heidi Sickler , Head of Policy and Market Development for AMPLY Power

Heidi Sickler is Director of Policy at AMPLY Power. Heidi leads AMPLY’s legislative and regulatory advocacy at all levels of government. AMPLY Power optimizes charging for electric vehicle fleets. At AMPLY, Heidi develops and advances legislation and regulation addressing some of our most intractable climate challenges in collaboration with climate scientists, equity and environmental advocates, policymakers, labor groups, investors and electric vehicle (EV) innovators. Heidi also serves on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Electric Vehicle Council, providing policy guidance on strategies to achieve greenhouse gas reductions, including accelerating EV adoption. Prior to joining AMPLY, Heidi served on the California Energy Commission’s Clean Transportation Program Investment Plan Advisory Committee and was also the head of electric vehicle policy at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. Heidi is also a Capitol Hill alumnus, having served three Members of Congress on a range of policy issues, including transportation, energy, agriculture and banking policy. In addition to her EV policy work, she is most proud of her work on expanding sustainable transportation in Los Angeles, including spearheading LA’s inaugural CicLAvia event during my time in the LA Mayor’s Office.

Linda Knowles – Founder, Mothers Out Front

Linda Hutchins-Knowles is the co-founder of Mothers Out Silicon Valley, the local chapter of a powerful national movement of mothers and others whose mission is to ensure a livable climate for all children. Her chapter was named the “2019 Climate Smart Champion of the Year” by the San Jose City Council. For work, Linda leads the Karl Knapp GoEV electric vehicle program for Acterra, a Bay Area nonprofit that brings people together to create local solutions for a healthy planet. Linda is also a former Spanish teacher and educational therapist who taught bilingual Amigos del Algebra math classes for the East Side Union High School District and Franklin-McKinley School District. She has lived in San Jose for the past 21 years.

Mayra Catalan – Community Partnerships Manager at The Health Trust & Advocate, Mothers Out Front

Mayra Catalán is the Community Partnerships Manager at The Health Trust and Community Engager with Mothers Out Front, both Silicon Valley nonprofits. Mayra is passionate about the environment and health, and she serves as the Membership Chair of the Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter, 20’s & 30’s group. She is a strong community and social services professional with a Bachelor’s in Health Science from California State University, Long Beach. Mayra is a transplant from Los Angeles and enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and fellow hikers.

Maricela LaChuga – Tenants Rights Advocate, Law Foundation of Silicon Valley

Maricela has been an immigrant rights activist since she was a child advocating for her parents who were undocumented. Before law school, she worked as a community organizer at various community-based organizations such as Casa De Maryland, where she led large-scale legal clinics helping up to a hundred DREAMers apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in a single day. She was also an Associate Director for the Parent Institute for Quality Education, empowering parents with children in public schools and an after school Director at the Boys and Girls Club.

During law school, at American University Washington College of Law, Maricela clerked at the U.S. Department of Justice and various civil rights organizations including the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).

Upon graduating from law school, she was selected as one of 62 Equal Justice Works Fellows from a highly competitive pool of 337 candidates across the country. As an Equal Justice Fellow she designed and executed a two-year legal project to assist refugee mothers and their children seeking gender-based asylum in the U.S.

In 2018, when the Trump administration implemented the zero tolerance policy and began separating families at the border, she volunteered at an immigrant family detention facility in Dilly, T.X. with the CARA Project and helped prepare refugee mothers and their children for credible fear interviews with an asylum officer.

Despite her tenure outside of California, Maricela is excited to be home and work on issues that immediately impact her family and local community living in East San José.

She is currently a tenant rights advocate at the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley where she assists tenants facing eviction. She also works on critical housing policies that prevent homelessness and fight against gentrification.

Her personal interests and intellectual curiosities include, but are not limited to, environmental justice, economic empowerment of marginalized communities, personal finance, creative entrepreneurship, all things art, speaking Spanish, and the German language.


Watch live on: https://www.facebook.com/LatinaCoalitionSiliconValley