Lino Peña Martinez
Special Assistant, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Policy and Energy Jobs
lino peña martinez
lino peña martinez
Lino Peña Martinez
Special Assistant, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Policy and Energy Jobs
2021 Champion
2021 Champion

As a former foster youth, resilience and adaptability are my strongholds. I have excelled despite adverse circumstances and a life filled with hardship. Given this, I have developed as a dependable and charismatic individual that can guarantee consistency and reliability and I lean on my lived experience to build fruitful, genuine relationships, partnerships, and alignment between movements as a vehicle for movement fusion.

I’m a Child Welfare and Energy/Environmental Justice Advocate working on sustainability efforts with diverse and interdisciplinary teams. My goal is to construct, engage, and promote technologically, socially, and analytically sound sustainable practices and solutions. I’m a well-rounded child welfare advocate with experience advocating at a congressional, federal, and local level for children and families that make up the child welfare constellation. The collective goal is to build sustainable communities, recognizing that solutions to our environmental crisis come in many forms — that the larger environmental issues we face should be dealt with at the same time as something more domestic and as specific as foster care, adoption, kinship care and more.

My schooling has been heavily interdisciplinary and I have conducted research in the realms of architectural history, urban planning, and climate change ecology. I strive to diversify my understanding of the interconnectivity between nature and society because of my philosophy. My philosophy is that a world in which more is taken into account is a world in which more can be adequately addressed, because of this I apply my skills and abilities in a very flexible manner-prioritizing efficiency and innovation.