Kristopher 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.
Before working as a Technical Project Analyst at Climate Resolve, Kris has held several policy fellowships. Last summer, 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 proposed recommendations centered around building resilient capacity in neighborhoods that are at-risk due to future intensified heat impacts. In addition, he has worked in Washington, D.C. for the United State’s House of Representatives, Committee on Energy and Commerce as a Matsui Fellow, where he assisted staff on health, environmental, and energy issues. He provided background research to Democratic Staff during the attempted repeal of the Affordable Care Act and attended hearings revolving around automation of automobiles. For the past nine months, he has been working on a project with Southern California Edison (SCE), identifying climate-vulnerable communities within SCE’s service territory by analyzing statewide climate tools and datasets.
Kris holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside. He currently lives in Echo Park, and enjoys spending his spare time attending shows across the multiple music venues in Los Angeles and has a habit of buying new books despite his overflowing bookcase. He hopes to one day be able to afford a season game pass to watch the Lakers play at the Staples Center.