Project Description

Abby-ReyesAbigail Reyes

Director, UCI Community Resilience Projects

Abby Reyes is the director of Community Resilience Projects in the Office of Sustainability at the University of California, Irvine. From 2013-2016, Ms. Reyes directed the UCI Sustainability Initiative. 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 UC-CSU Knowledge Action Network on Transformative Climate and Sustainability Education, 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 and her JD at UC Berkeley Law. 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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