Cecilia Calvo is the Senior Advisor on Environmental Justice of the Office of Justice and Ecology of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States. In this new role, Calvo will develop and lead the environmental justice efforts of the Jesuit Conference, collaborating with province social ministry offices, Jesuit institutions and Jesuit-affiliated works abroad.
Calvo is an expert on environmental issues, including climate change, children’s health and natural resource policy, and has worked domestically and internationally to help respond to these challenges. Her passion for the social justice dimensions surrounding environmental concerns stems from the impact of environmental degradation on the lives, health and rights of poor and vulnerable people.
Previously, Calvo worked at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), where she coordinated the education, outreach and advocacy efforts of the USCCB Environmental Justice Program. In this capacity, she played a key role in the promotion of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ to further dialogue, understanding and reflection on ways to live out this landmark papal teaching.
Her prior experience also includes research and analysis of environmental and natural resource issues in Latin America; work in the field of mediation and conflict resolution; and management of environmental programs at Target Corporation.
Calvo holds a master’s degree in law and diplomacy with a concentration in international environment and resource policy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and Spanish from Wellesley College.