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Irma R. Muñoz Biography

Irma R. Muñoz is the Founder and Executive Director of Mujeres de la Tierra-an environmental equity non-profit located in Los Angeles, California.

She is recognized for her leadership and development of creative and impactful approaches with community engagement and community listening that results in both collective and individual empowerment of community residents.

Her work includes defining and developing cultural relevant approaches and messaging platforms to neighborhoods within Latino communities.  She has developed the “platica” model as an avenue to secure opinions and conversations from individuals who have never been asked for their opinion, invited to a community meeting or acknowledged for their community worth.  She has been recognized by many organizations for her trailblazing work including the Anacostia Smithsonian Museum, Green Latinos, the City of Los Angeles, FOLAR (Friends of the Los Angeles River) and the Watershed Health Council.

Currently she serves on several boards and commissions including:  The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board appointed by Governors Brown and Newsom and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy as an appointee of Mayor Eric Garcetti. Currently, she serves as Chair of both.

She believes in the importance of community service and provides support and guidance to folks interested in serving on boards and commissions.  She inspired the MLK Tree Grove Monument located at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Park. She is a community activist, advocate and champion for social equity issues.

She graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts degree and earned a Juris Doctorate from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law.