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Yulissa Arce Mendez

Climate Vote Fund Director

Yulissa (She/Her/Ella) is a fierce advocate for the environmental & climate justice social movements in the United States and Puerto Rico. Her experience is rooted in community organizing, movement building, and dismantling systems of oppression. Yulissa seeks to support social movements through accompaniment and looks to continue shifting traditional philanthropy’s ways to one that recognizes, centers, and trusts indigenous, afro-descendant, queer, and frontline experience and knowledge.

She is a first generation diaspora Boricua who grew up in Orlando, FL. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Behavioral Sciences and Art History and a minor in Religious Studies from the University of Central Florida. When not working she enjoys quiet walks among the trees, foraging and making herbal medicines, and dancing to all kinds of Caribbean music.