2019 NATURALLY LATINOS CONFERENCE
The Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) and its generous sponsors and dedicated partners are proud to announce the second Naturally Latinos Conference to be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at Woodend Sanctuary, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD.
Keynote Speakers Announced
Ada Monzón, Meteorologist, WIPR-TV
Morning Keynote Speaker
Ada Monzón is Chief Meteorologist for WIPR-TV, WKAQ 580 a.m., and Noticel. She is the first woman in Puerto Rico to be named a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). Monzón is also the Founder and President of EcoExploratorio: Science Museum of Puerto Rico. During her 28 years as a professional meteorologist, Monzón has earned many accolades including the AMS Joanne Simpson Mentorship Award, The Silver Medal of the US Department of Commerce, Distinguished Alumni of the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the University of Puerto Rico, STAR Award-Univision Television Group, and the AMS Award for Excellence in Science Reporting by a Broadcast Meteorologist. At the Naturally Latinos conference, Monzón will share her unique perspective as a weather expert and powerful communicator on the topic of building resiliency in Latinx communities in light of a changing climate, with Puerto Rico as a prime example.
Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ3) (Invited)
Afternoon Keynote Speaker
Congressman Grijalva represents Arizona's 3rd District (which includes Tucson) and has served in Congress since 2002. However, Grijalva's work in public service actually dates back to 1974. He has always championed underrepresented voices and environmental causes, including public lands, endangered species, and climate change. Grijalva is a long-standing member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. This year, he became Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee. From his position on the House Committee on Natural Resources—where he has been the top Democrat on the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands since 2007—he has led efforts to strengthen federal offshore oil drilling oversight since before the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He also introduced a successful bill to create a permanent National Landscape Conservation System at the Bureau of Land Management.
In between our keynote speakers, we’ll have a slate of exciting local voices representing groups such as Corazon Latino, The Crimsonbridge Foundation, the US Forest Service, Hispanic Access Foundation, City Blossoms, MD League of Conservation Voters/Chispa, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Eco-Latinos, Anacostia Riverkeeper, Rock Creek Conservancy, and the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. And, we’ll have a youth panel for a look into the future of the Latinx environmental movement.
Attendees will experience thought-provoking presentations by regional and national environmental experts, enjoy the opportunity to network with leading nature professionals and be inspired to use the many strategies and tactics shared here to transform their local communities.
2019's conference theme is "Resilience and Recovery."
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For more information, contact Conference Chair Serenella Linares at Serenella.Linares@anshome.org.