Jose Aguto advocated for national policies supporting the sustainable use and management of our Earth’s resources and ecosystems so that all may thrive. He lead the Sustainable Energy and Environment Program, which leads interfaith, non-partisan, grassroots and multi-sectoral efforts on climate disruption to promote bipartisan dialogue and solutions in Congress. It also seeks to facilitate stronger relationships and collaboration across different sectors of the climate movement.
The program’s Call to Conscience on Climate Disruption inspired House Resolution 424, the first formal positive statement on climate change by a group of elected Republicans in Congress since 2008. The resolution, based on the premise that a problem (climate disruption) cannot be solved unless first admitted, has led to additional Republican and bipartisan caucuses and legislative proposals that seek to form a politically viable and durable foundation for meaningful climate legislation in the near future.
Currently, Jose sits on the board of the U.S. Climate Action Network. Prior to joining FCNL, Jose worked for the National Congress of American Indians as the Senior Policy Advisor for tribal climate, energy and environmental issues, as Senior Policy Advisor with USEPA’s American Indian Environmental Office, and Policy and Development Associate for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He has a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University, and a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.