Issue Area & Contact
- Clean energy
Office Phone: (202) 745-5202
Luis A. Torres, MA.T. is a Senior Legislative Representative in the Policy & Legislation department at Earthjustice. He advocates protecting people, our public lands, and the environment from the potentially devastating impacts of oil and gas development. 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 underserved communities in the green space and works to lift-up 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. There, Torres 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.
Luis Torres also worked in the United States Congress in Washington, D.C. There, Torres served as Legislative Director to U.S. Representative Silvestre Reyes, the former Chairman of the House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Torres helped draft legislation, testimony for congressional hearings, managed the Member of Congress’ policy portfolio, and served as a liaison to various House and Senate committees, Executive Agencies, and the White House. During his time working in Congress, Luis Torres was one of only ten Latino Legislative Directors out of a total of 435 in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Luis has lived and worked in Washington, D.C. for over 16 years and started his career as a high school teacher—serving as part of the Teach for America program. Luis taught Economics, World History, and AP Government in both Los Angeles, California and Washington, D.C. In addition, Torres also worked 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 nation’s capital.
A first generation Mexican American, Luis Torres is a native of Laredo, Texas and received a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Sociology from Georgetown University, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from American University. In his spare time, Torres volunteers with a number of civic organizations, including LULAC Lambda DC, and the LGBT Latino History Project. He enjoys studying languages, traveling, and learning about new cultures.
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