Issue Area & Contact
- Clean energy
Office Phone: (202) 797-4308
Luis A. Torres, MA.T. is a Senior Legislative Representative in the Policy & Legislation department at Earthjustice. He works to advance state and federal policies that promote access to clean, affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy sources to mitigate the effects of climate change, create jobs, and improve the health of communities. Luis is passionate about engaging and empowering under-served communities and works to amplify the voices of those most impacted by environmental degradation and pollution.
Prior to Earthjustice, Luis developed a career in public policy and advocacy working for both non-profit advocacy organizations and on Capitol Hill. He previously served as the Director of Policy and Legislation for a national civil rights organization in Washington, D.C. where he worked to strengthen the organization’s advocacy and policy efforts at the local, state, and federal level — championing policies that advanced the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health, and civil rights of Latinos in the United States. For his community advocacy, Luis was honored with the Member of the Year award from LULAC Lambda in Washington, D.C.
Luis also worked in the United States Congress in Washington, D.C. where he served as Legislative Director to U.S. Representative Silvestre Reyes, the former Chairman of the House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He helped draft legislation, testimony for congressional hearings, and managed a policy portfolio on a variety of issues including appropriations, homeland security, immigration, border affairs, trade, civil rights, and education. He also served as a liaison to various House and Senate committees, executive agencies, and the White House. During his time working in Congress, Luis was one of only ten Latino Legislative Directors out of a total of 435 in the U.S. House of Representatives. For his service in Congress, Luis received the “Lideres” award from the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association in 2012.
Luis started his career as a high school teacher — serving as part of the Teach for America program in partnership with AmeriCorps, a network of national service programs committed to addressing critical community needs across the country such as increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, and preparing for disasters. Luis taught Economics, World History, and AP Government in both Los Angeles, California, and Washington, D.C. In addition, Luis also served as Educational Programs Manager for the Latino Student Fund, a non-profit tutoring and scholarship organization providing opportunities for under-served Latino students in the nation’s capital. In 2016, Luis was honored with the “United ISD Alumni Legend” award by his hometown school district in Laredo, Texas.
A first generation Mexican American, Luis is a native of Laredo, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Sociology from Georgetown University, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from American University. On his spare time, Luis serves as the Co-Chair of the Earthjustice LatinX Affinity Group and enjoys traveling, spending time with his family, taking his three dogs to the park, and playing Mario Kart.
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