Orange County Policy Manager

José Trinidad Castañeda III is a community leader and lifelong climate organizer. As a resident who grew up with asthma and bronchitis, José advocated for air quality sensors in Orange County to benefit freeway communities impacted by respiratory diseases. José serves on the South Coast Air Quality Management District Youth Leaders Council, and is a former member of the Fullerton Parks and Recreation Commission. José has received awards for his public service and environmental leadership from Fullerton City Council, Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, and Senator Josh Newman.

Before his work with Climate Action Campaign, José worked for non-profit organizations in Los Angeles, where he engaged with Spanish-speaking communities to promote Census outreach, civic engagement, and policies such as the Los Angeles County Sustainability Master Plan and Los Angeles County Safe, Clean Water Measure W.

José Trinidad Castañeda earned his Associate’s degrees in Anthropology and Biology from Fullerton College, and Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from California State University, Los Angeles with a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. He is a 2019 Fellow of the New Leaders Council Los Angeles Institute.

José created after-school aquaponics & food justice programs for middle and elementary school students, as well as foster youth. When he isn’t empowering youth, you can find José tending to his native permaculture garden or volunteering in his community.