Eddie Bautista

Executive Director

Eddie Bautista is an award-winning community organizer and urban planner who serves as Executive Director of the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA). NYC-EJA is a network of community-based organizations in low-income communities of color throughout the City. Founded in 1991, NYC-EJA organizes its member groups to advocate for the empowerment and just treatment of environmentally overburdened neighborhoods. Through NYC-EJA’s efforts, member organizations coalesce around City and State-wide issues that threaten the ability of low income communities of color to thrive.


In 2011, Eddie was invited by Governor Cuomo’s Office and the State legislature to provide advice over the reauthorization of NYS’s power plant siting law to protect over-burdened communities from increases in local air pollution. Eddie also directed a 2010 voter referendum campaign amending the City Charter to include private infrastructure facilities on the City’s “Fair Share” map.  He also spoke at the White House’s first Forum on Environmental Justice. Eddie is the convenor of the Sandy Regional Assembly, an association of environmental justice and community-based groups, and labor allies from Superstorm Sandy-impacted and storm surge-vulnerable areas throughout NYC, New Jersey and Long Island gathered to propose resiliency and rebuilding priorities for government review during the Sandy Recovery process.  Eddie also leads NYC-EJA’s Waterfront Justice Project, a campaign to increase community resilience and climate adaptation along NYC’s Significant Maritime Industrial Areas, which encourage the clustering of polluting infrastructure, heavy manufacturing and industries in waterfront communities of color vulnerable to storm surges.


From 2006 to 2010, Eddie served as Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of City Legislative Affairs.  The Mayor’s Office of City Legislative Affairs is the Mayor’s local lobbying office representing the Mayor and City agencies at the City Council, and serving as liaison between the Bloomberg Administration and the Comptroller, Public Advocate and Borough Presidents. As Director, Eddie spearheaded efforts to pass several major legislative initiatives, including: the City’s 20-year landmark Solid Waste Management Plan (which relies for the first time on environmental justice and borough equity principles); the creation of the first municipal brownfields remediation office in the nation; the required retrofit of all diesel-powered school buses to reduce air pollution in bus cabins; and the Greater Greener Buildings Plan, the nation’s first comprehensive package of legislation aimed at improving energy efficiency for large scale buildings. Eddie also facilitated meetings for policy advocates with Administration officials on a range of legislative and regulatory initiatives such as PlaNYC 2030 (NYC’s environmental sustainability plan, which has become an international model for large cities) and Mayoral Executive Order 120 of 2008, which for the first time called for all City agencies to make services and documents available to immigrant New Yorkers in the top six languages spoken in the City.


Previously, Eddie was Director of Community Planning for NY Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), where he served as the lobbying/communications/community organizing director.  At NYLPI, Eddie organized coalitions and campaigns blocking the siting of waste transfer stations, power plants, incinerators and sludge plants in environmentally-burdened communities of color, while changing public solid waste and energy policies. Eddie has a B.A. from N.Y.U., an M.S. in City/Regional Planning from Pratt Institute and was a Revson Fellow at Columbia University.  In 2003, Eddie was among 17 national winners of the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World awards (  Eight books feature or mention Eddie’s work, including: Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice, by Julie Sze (2006); The Battle for Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs by Roberta Brandes Gratz (2010); and Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the United States: Building Environmentally Just, Sustainable and Livable Communities, by Robert Bullard, Glenn Johnson and Angel Torres, (2011).  Eddie is also a Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute’s Graduate Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development.


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Juan Camilo Osorio

Director of Research

Juan Camilo Osorio is NYC-EJA’s  Director of Research. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Pratt Institute’s Graduate Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development (PSPD), introducing graduate students to qualitative and quantitative urban planning research. Before joining NYC-EJA, he was a Senior Planner and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst at The Municipal Art Society Planning Center, where he used spatial information to support research and advocacy on community-based planning, urban design and historic preservation. Before moving to New York, he worked with the Massachusetts Fair Housing Center, a non-profit agency based in Holyoke, Massachusetts, using GIS to study systematic and procedural impediments to fair housing in the central and western regions of that State. He received a master’s degree in regional planning from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a professional degree in architecture from the National University of Colombia, Bogotá.



 NYC-EJA Fellows



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Erin Buchanan is currently a graduate student studying City and Regional Planning at Pratt Institute. She graduated from Indiana University in 2009 with degrees in journalism  and Spanish, and worked in higher education until moving to Brooklyn in summer 2012. Erin participated in a Pratt planning studio to create affordable housing and sustainable communities in South Williamsburg, which led to an interest in the neighborhood and an internship with El Puente’s Green Light District. There, she will contribute to projects like community garden, neighborhood greening, and community solar. Her interest in community plans for environmental justice stems from helping to create a community orchard in Bloomington, IN. Erin served on the orchard’s board of directors for two years and holds a certificate in the organic management of orchards.





paola-200x300Paola Duran

Paola Duran has a B.A. in Political Science from Javeriana Univerisity in Bogota, Colombia. She  studied Gender Issues and Human Rights in Colombia and Humanitarian Assistance in Nairobi, Kenya. For the last 4 years she worked with vulnerable communities in different cities and towns in Colombia improving housing conditions. During those years she got involved with community issues such as violence against women, lack of access to essential services, access to transportation and affordable housing.

She has also worked with youth; teaching workshops about housing improvement, recycling, drug abuse, and sexual violence. Paola is a community advocate now pursuing an MS in City and Regional Planning with a concentration in Community Development.



Kethia Joseph

photo-1-e1371571174720-225x300Kethia Joseph was born and raised in Somerville, Massachusetts. In 2007, as a first generation college student, she went on to obtain her B. S. in Environmental Design at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  During her time there Kethia interned at Forest Park in Springfield, Massachusetts. There she utilized architectural blueprints to improve park accessibility and circulation.  In 2011, she went on to intern at Amherst Town Hall where she worked in collaboration with the Public Shade Tree Committee, organizing and developing innovative ways to beautify the city. Kethia then spent a year living in Italy, where she studied the Mediterranean environment and the diverse uses of public space.  When she completed this study she then decided to move to New York City to pursue a Masters in City and Regional Planning at Pratt Institute. Her focus here is transportation and physical planning, from which stemmed her interest in the NYC-EJA. By becoming an NYC-EJA Fellow, Kethia is actively committed to improving the quality of life of others by helping empower and provide low-income neighborhoods with the tools needed to attain environmental justice. She is currently placed as a Fellow with the Sustainable South Bronx where she works on projects such as the Sheridan Expressway revitalization and other community activism projects.



Thomas MutellThomas-Mutell-NYCEJA-Headshot-178x300

Thomas Mutell is a MS Candidate in Urban Environmental Systems Management and has degrees in Biology and French Language from Texas A&M University. He is currently working with at the headquarters of NYC-EJA and also works at CHEJ (The Center for Health, Environment & Justice) in efforts to remove phthalates from consumer goods targeted at children and help NYC schools implement more environmentally friendly lighting and flooring. His interests include public health, urban ecology, policymaking, consulting, outreach, and international sustainability. Outside of school and work he is active in swimming, bikram yoga, art, and slacklining.




Mariana Rich Renamariana-Bios-photo-193x300

Mariana Rich Rena obtained a degree in architecture from Anahuac University, in México City.  During three years she collaborated in a planning and architectural firm in Mexico, first as an intern and then as a project leader elaborating master plans for projects such as Town Centers, Residential and Mixed Use Developments, Urban and Life Style Centers mainly in Mexico and some in Costa Rica, addressing solutions for indigenous land owners and looking forward to mitigate damage to the natural environment, which motivate her to work more within the community needs. Mariana is now pursuing a Master’s degree in City & Regional Planning at Pratt Institute to expand her knowledge and focus in the communities for creating better life-quality conditions.




Nigel TeekasinghNTeekasingh-Headshot-448x300-1

Nigel Teekasingh was born and raised in New York City. Growing up in the immigrant neighborhoods of South Jamaica and Astoria, Nigel is highly motivated to work with underserved communities throughout New York City and in the international realm. Coming from an engineering background in rail automation, Nigel brings a technical and analytical view to planning issues throughout the city. Nigel has a B.S. in Sustainable Urban Environments from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, and is currently pursuing his M.S. in City and Regional Planning, focusing in Environmental Planning.




Violeta TrinidadV.Trinidad-197x300

Violeta Trinidad was born and raised in Mexico CIty. Since she was little, she had a true interest in traveling and getting to know different cultures. Because of that, she chose her major in International Business Administration; a career that she started in Puebla, Mexico, and finished in Paris, France.

For the last seven years she has been working with vulnerable communities in different fields, including violence against women and children, organizing fund raising events to help low income families fight against cancer and she was able to secure scholarships for underpriviledged youth to continue with their studies. As part of her interests to develop social, economic and environmental benefits, Violeta worked in ProMexico — a federal government institution in charge of promoting direct foreign investment and exports – as part of the Administration of former President Felipe Calderon. Now, she is a fellow member of an environmental justice alliance organization and communities advocates pursuing her MS in Urban Environmental Systems Management, primarily focusing in Public Policy.