Jhon Arbelaez

For over 10 years, Jhon has worked to protect public health and the destruction of the natural environment. Jhon worked to remediate groundwater and soil contamination caused by the oil and gas industry in South Florida. In New Mexico, he served as an Americorps VISTA Volunteer, where he worked on legacy mining and water conservation issues with rural communities in the state, including minority and low-income communities. 
 
As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador, Jhon developed a plan to protect groundwater sources in central Ecuador, and helped implement plans for communities to reduce solid waste and increase recycling. In California, Jhon has worked to increase Latino participation in environmental issues, as well as ensuring the protection of vulnerable communities from oil and gas development.
 
In his spare time, Jhon enjoy the great outdoors, including hiking, backpacking, kayaking, surfing, and volunteering. A native of Miami, Florida, Jhon has a bachelor’s in Environmental Studies from Florida International University, and a master’s in International Environmental Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Jhon is fluent in Spanish.