Adrien Salazar is a political ecologist, organizational strategist, advocate, and poet. He holds his Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is committed to community engagement in resource management and policy to achieve resilience and empowerment of historically marginalized populations.
Adrien’s work and research focuses on engagement of frontline and marginalized communities, in issues of land and resource rights, landscape conservation, food systems, and cultural conservation. He connects communities to development and policy processes through stakeholder engagement strategy, outreach, and participatory research and programs. He currently studies policy mechanisms to fulfill land and resource rights for communities and the conservation of traditional knowledge and practices.
Adrien has studied the transformation of the Cordillera Rice Terraces landscape of the northern Philippines. He has worked with indigenous rice farmers in this region to develop community-based project evaluation indicators for the Heirloom Rice Project of the International Rice Research Institute. He supported farmers' conservation of traditional rice varieties, capacity-building, and research into traditional rice market opportunities. Adrien has coordinated transnational climate justice campaigns with the Filipino American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity.
He has served with the Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter, managing a campaign for sustainable land-use and transportation policy for a three-county region of the San Francisco Bay Area. He has served on the Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Committee of the Yale School of Forestry, creating dialogue on diversity and equity in the environmental field. Most recently he has worked with the Sustainable Economies Law Center in Oakland, California, developing engagement strategies around community-owned energy and researching the seed needs of farmers of color and immigrant farmers.
He hails from San Jose, California and Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines. Prior to his MEM program, he received his BA in Sociology with Honors from University of California, Berkeley.