Eddie Bautista is an award-winning organizer, planner, strategist and non-profit leader. Since 2010, Eddie has served as the Executive Director of the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA), a network of community-based organizations of color advocating for the empowerment of environmentally overburdened neighborhoods. For over 30 years, Eddie and NYC-EJA have been at the forefront of City and State campaigns to advance environmental and climate justice. Under Eddie’s leadership, NYC-EJA’s campaign accomplishments have come to re-define environmental/climate justice advocacy in New York – campaigns have included:

In addition to his work with NYC-EJA, Eddie serves on the NYS Climate Justice Working Group, the entity that created NYS’s first “disadvantaged communities” criteria under the CLCPA, whereby 35-40% of NYS’s entire clean energy funding portfolio will be directed. Eddie also serves on several non-profit boards of directors and multiple government advisory boards.

Before taking the reins at NYC-EJA in 2010, Eddie served as Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of City Legislative Affairs, where he spearheaded passage of several landmark laws, and Director of Community Planning for NY Lawyers for the Public Interest, where he organized coalitions blocking the siting of polluting infrastructure while advancing sustainable environmental policies. Eddie has been interviewed by local and national media, and several books feature Eddie’s work, including The Battle for Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs, (2010); and Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice, (2006).