National Environmental Champion
Sindy Benavides has integrated environmental justice into a career of advocating for Latin@ communities nationally. Benavides has raised the voices of Latin@s through her executive experience during the Tim Kaine administration in Virginia in the early 2000s, right through helping to shape participation in the 2012 presidential campaign.
As CEO of LULAC, Benavides has been a leader in holding the EPA to account in its attempts to sustain the use of a pesticide that causes cancer and brain damage among people living and working in the fields. During this COVID era, her exacting work paid off, as courts upheld a ban on the use of chlorpyrifos. This success culminates years of activity raising the voices of Latin@s in the movement for environmental justice.