Kristopher (Kris) Eclarino is dedicated to advancing environmental equity and protecting vulnerable communities in the Los Angeles region from the impacts of climate change. He attributes his strong passion for working in the climate and environmental field to his first-hand experience with poor air quality while growing up in the Los Angeles region and from hearing stories about his parents’ home country, the Philippines, and how it has become more prone to stronger, more frequent typhoons due to anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions.
At Climate Resolve, he supports the organization’s programmatic activities through research, quantitative analysis, and written reports. He is the Project Manager of Climate Resolve’s Ready for Tomorrow (RfT) program which connects disadvantaged communities (as defined by CalEnviroScreen 4.0), in Southern California, to climate planning research, funding, and resources. Under RfT, he also leads the Grant Writing Assistance Program, which provides grant writing assistance to municipalities in pursuit of federal, state, and foundation grants for climate planning. In addition to this work, he utilizes his technical research background throughout his other work by using R, STATA, and ArcGIS to analyze downscaled climate change projections to produce maps, spreadsheets, and graphs. And, in 2021, he co-authored a National Academy of Medicine report with the UCLA Center for Healthy Climate Solutions on the mental health impacts of wildfire smoke; solastalgia and mental health; and mental health impacts of wildfire smoke on non-traditional firefighters.
Before working at Climate Resolve, he served as a fellow for the Mayor’s Office of Los Angeles, where he worked to localize the United Nations Sustainable Development Climate Action goals. He has also worked in Washington, D.C. for the United States House of Representatives, Committee on Energy and Commerce, where he assisted staff on health, environmental, and energy issues. Kris holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles. He currently lives in Los Feliz and enjoys spending his spare time attending shows across the multiple music venues in Los Angeles and spending quality time with Ellie (his precious brown tabby cat).