Position: Deputy Director
Subject Areas: National Clean Energy and Infrastructure Policy
Yvette Pena Lopes is the Deputy Director for the BlueGreen Alliance, a fast-growing labor-environmental partnership that unites more than 14 million people dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the green economy.
Yvette joined the BlueGreen Alliance in March 2009 and in a short time established a strong presence on Capitol Hill and in the federal government on issues related to climate change, energy policy, quality jobs, transportation, and workers rights. Yvette works closely with BlueGreen Alliance partners and is responsible for overseeing the development of the organization's policies on issues related to clean energy jobs and the overall strategic guidance of the organization's work with the federal government.
Prior to joining the BlueGreen Alliance, Yvette was Legislative Representative for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, working on fair trade, immigration, clean trucks, and other issues related to worker's rights for the Teamsters Union. From 2001 to 2005, Yvette was a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut on issues related to taxes, trade, social security, and pensions. Yvette also worked as a Legislative Assistant, Press Secretary, and CHC liaison for U.S. Congressman Silvestre Reyes of Texas.
Yvette graduated from The University of Maryland School of Law in 1999 with a concentration in environmental law. She also sits on the Boards of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and the International Labor Rights Fund.