Project Description

Abby-ReyesAbigail Reyes

Director, Sustainability Initiative

Abby Reyes is the director of the Sustainability Initiative at the University of California, Irvine. Part of the Office of Academic Initiatives, the Sustainability Initiative is making engaged sustainability scholarship and practice integral to UC Irvine’s excellence as a research, teaching, and service university. Ms. Reyes also is a co-Principal Investigator of the FloodRISE project, leading the Research Integration and Impact Team, and co-chair of the Faculty Engagement and Education Working Group of the UC Global Climate Leadership Council. In addition, she has provided facilitation and design services for the Salton Sea Initiative, UCI OCEANS, Research Justice Learning Community, Nexus 2014, and the Borrego Stewardship Council.

Ms. Reyes brings to UC Irvine experience convening interdisciplinary teams of scientists, engineers, and lawyers to address community-identified sustainability challenges. Her experience includes facilitating collaboration between academic and public sector researchers and indigenous communities in Colombia and the Philippines, and coordinating legal research in support of landmark international human rights and environmental cases in the domestic federal courts. She completed her bachelor’s degree in human biology at Stanford University in 1995 and her JD at UC Berkeley Law in 2004. After clerking for the Honorable Richard A. Paez on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Ms. Reyes served as a staff attorney at the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. She is co-chair of the board of directors of EarthRights International and is an ambassador for the Pollination Project.

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