Camilo Esquivia-Zapata is a senior bilingual campaign organizer and policy advocate with the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In his role, he works to promote equitable policies supporting a low-carbon modern electricity grid, and clean energy, in key states including New Mexico and Massachusetts. Prior to joining UCS, Camilo was a fellow with the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, at its Community Innovators Lab, where he co-designed and coordinated the Mel King Community Economic Democracy and Self-Determination Fellowship. Camilo also has experience as an environmental health and safety consultant in South Carolina, and did work on climate adaptation, environmental conservation, human rights and peace building in Colombia, with local NGOs affiliated with the Mennonite Central Committee.
He earned a BS in environmental health science from Benedict College, an HBCU, and two master’s degrees from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, in coexistence and conflict, and sustainable international development.