Jay Monteverde

Director, US Environmental Justice Program, Washington, DC

Jay has advocated for human rights and social justice through grassroots organizing and law and policy advocacy for 20 years, focused largely on environmental justice, immigrant rights, and protection of civil liberties. At Namati, he leads the US Environmental Justice Program, working with the program team to assist US legal empowerment advocates and communities facing environmental injustice.

He started his legal career at the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, where he handled environmental justice and other public interest litigation, investigations, and policy matters. He later moved to China and worked with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, supporting grassroots organizations to push for environmental enforcement, transparency, and access to justice. Most recently, Jay co-founded Breach Collective, which partners with climate activists and frontline communities on locally-driven strategies to advance climate justice. Jay was born and raised in the Chicagoland area.