Adrien Salazar


As a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, Adrien works in deep collaboration with grassroots experts and movement leaders on climate change policy that centers racial and economic justice.

Adrien Salazar is a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and the Policy Director at the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance. As a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, Adrien convenes the Green New Deal Policy Nexus, a network of movement and grassroots leaders, policy experts, and organizations working to develop climate change policy that advances economic transformation, racial equity, and justice. His work focuses on redistributive and reparative investments, racial equity in policy design, and democratic governance of resources and institutions.

Salazar has advocated for and advanced climate policy solutions, food and land justice, and environmental justice for over a decade. As a Steering Committee member of the NY Renews Coalition, he supported the development and passage of New York’s landmark 2019 climate legislation. He sits on the board of the Sustainable Economies Law Center and the Filipino American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity. His research on the global carbon benefit of indigenous land management practices contributed to the Indigenous People’s Land Management chapter of the book Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever to Reverse Global Warming (Penguin Press, 2017). He was previously a Senior Campaign Strategist at Demos, and was recognized as one of the 2019 Grist 50 Fixers. Adrien holds a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, now Yale School of Environment. His writing has appeared in Fortune Magazine, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Gotham Gazette, and the Yale Tropical Resources Bulletin.