Meet The Team

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Susana Almanza

Susana Almanza is a founding member and Director of PODER. Susana has overcome poverty, prejudice, and segregated schools to face down some of the world’s most powerful transnational corporations. 

Susana is an indigenous person of the continent of America and resides in East Austin, Texas.  She is a longtime community organizer, and educator, mother and grandmother.  Susana participated in the civil rights movement as a Brown Beret taking up issues of police brutality, housing, quality education and equity in school systems and health care as a right not a privilege.

Susana Almanza is a proven leader and nationally recognized environmental justice activist.  Susana was recently appointed to the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council. Susana served on the City of Austin’s Planning Commission, Parks and Recreation Board, Environmental Board and the Community Development Commission.

Christopher Brown

Christopher Brown is an Austin-based business lawyer and Philip K. Dick Award-nominated novelist who has been writing about and advocating for Austin’s urban river for more than a decade. His recent projects include the ecological restoration of a brownfield site on the Colorado River in East Austin, as featured on the Apple TV+ series HOME   

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Paul DiFiore

Paul DiFiore is a freelance consultant in public & government affairs, and environmental advocate for PODER and SOS Alliance.

 

He previously worked on social responsibility programs for major international energy companies, including Hunt Oil and ExxonMobil. Paul brings to the Conservancy expertise in building multi-sector partnerships for long term positive impact and sustainable development. He lives in east Austin and can often be found birding along Boggy Creek. 

 

Paul holds a B.A in Political Science from Davidson College and an M.S. in Global Business and Finance from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He speaks Spanish and Arabic, and has lived and traveled extensively across Latin America and the Middle East. Paul was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. 

Daniel Llanes

Is an East Austin-based Performance Artist and community organizer. You can see him perform in a variety of venues throughout Central Texas  (www.earthculturedancer.com).


As a community organizer, he is a member of PODER (People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources), Chair of River Bluff Neighborhood Association, Coordinator of Govalle/Johnston Terrace Neighborhood Contact Team and is on the executive committee of the Austin Neighborhoods Council. 

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Linda Guerrero

Linda Guerrero is a community leader and advocate for equity opportunities for enhancing and increasing parks and open space. Her civic work enables her to shine a light on community struggles with environmental Inequities.

Linda advocate for mitigating and preserving trees, native plants, and animal habitat. She desires an environmental vision that is inclusive and meaningful to equity framework within areas of Austin that are socially and culturally vulnerable.

 

Linda is president of her own business and serves as the chair of the Austin Environmental Commission and sits on the South Central Waterfront Advisory Board. Linda strives to provide a green lens and a voice for the critical need to build a better natural environment for our community.

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Alexia Leclercq

Alexia is an environmental justice researcher and organizer with PODER and instructional resource specialist at EcoRise. They are also the co-founder of Start:Empowerment, an environmental and social justice education project.

Alexia graduated Summa Cum Laude from NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Studies, where they designed a major, titled 'The Politics and Economics of Inequality,' which combined the traditional fields of politics, environmental studies, and economics in order to understand the lasting effects of colonialism and capitalism.