About Demi's Work

Demi Espinoza (she/they) is the daughter of working class Mexican immigrants and the youngest of ten siblings raised in Riverside, California. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at California State University San Bernardino and a Master’s degree in Urban Sustainability and Applied Spatial Analysis for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Antioch University in Los Angeles, CA.

Demi has more than 15 years of policy advocacy and community organizing experience related to racial equity, environmental justice, climate justice, transportation equity and land use planning. Demi has participated in the Environmental Fellows Program and served on the California Air Resources Board's Environmental Justice Advisory Committee. Demi currently serves as the Senior Program Associate with Erol Foundation, where Demi supports grantmaking for the Climate Action portfolio. Prior to Erol, Demi has held roles with The JPB Foundation, National Parks Conservation Association and Safe Routes National Partnership.

She finds inspiration from Queer and BIPOC authors and advocates that center social change within ecological justice movements, like Aurora Levins Morales, Berta Caceres, and Adrienne Marie Brown.