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Environment and Community Development

Environment and Community Development
Moderator: Brenda Torres Barreto, LEED AP, Executive Director, San Juan Bay National Estuary (San Juan, PR)
Eddie Bautista, Executive Director, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (Brooklyn, NY)
Dr. Efraín O'Neill-Carrillo, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez (Mayaguez, PR)
Ana C. Traverso-Krejcarek, El Puente, Program Manager, Green Light District (Brooklyn, NY)

Brenda Torres Barreto

Dr. Efraín O'Neill-Carrillo

Eddie Bautista

Ana C.


Brenda Torres Barreto is the Assistant Secretary for the Environment for New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Torres Barreto advises the Governor on environmental policy and manages the New York State Environmental Justice Agenda. Prior to working in the Governor's office, Brenda served as Director of the New York Regional Office of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration representing the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico before federal, state, and local governments. Mrs. Torres Barreto promoted the Government of Puerto Rico's economic and public policy initiatives, and advised local government agencies and municipalities on issues of interest to Puerto Rico before the federal government.

Mrs. Torres Barreto is a native of Puerto Rico with vast experience in environmental management, executive leadership, and partnership development.

Dr. Efraín O'Neill-Carrillo is a Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez (UPRM). He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University (1999), an MSEE from Purdue University (1995) and a BSEE from UPRM (1994). He is a Registered Professional Engineer in PR.

He was the PI in a distance learning Masters Program on sustainable energy between UPRM and University of APEC (UNAPEC, Dominican Republic) which was followed by work in an undergraduate option in renewable energy at UNAPEC. Fifteen Dominican engineers earned their masters degrees from this program. More...

Eddie Bautista is the Executive Director of the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA), a network of community-based organizations of color advocating for the empowerment of environmentally overburdened neighborhoods. Eddie’s accomplishments include: helping pass a NYS law protecting EJ communities from increased emissions from power plant sitings; launching the Waterfront Justice Project, NYC’s first citywide community resiliency campaign; co-convening the Sandy Regional Assembly, which prepared the first grassroots Sandy resiliency plan; and co-facilitating the Host Committee for the People’s Climate March. Previously, Eddie served as Director of the NYC Mayor's Office of City Legislative Affairs, where he spearheaded passage of several landmark laws, and Director of Community Planning for NY Lawyers for the Public Interest, where he organized coalitions blocking the siting of polluting infrastructure...More

Ana C. Traverso-Krejcarek is the Program Manager for the Green Light District. Originally from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, she moved to the US in 2013. She has worked as a researcher, advisor and consultant and for the public and non profit sector in her home country, including state and local governments, museums, as well as local non-governmental organizations and institutions in urban planning, cultural management and historic analysis. She is also a published author, focusing on urban and regional history of her home state, with an emphasis in urban planning and social housing practices. She holds a bachelors in Sociology from Universidad Autónoma Gabriel Rene Moreno from her home country, Bolivia, as well as a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.