Fernando Rodriguez is a first-generation Honduran/Mexican-American, born and raised on Tongva/Chumash territory (Los Angeles, CA). Fernando has a background in legal advocacy, community/labor organizing, and professional communications. In his most recent role as an Eviction Defense paralegal, Fernando has helped tenants in Los Angeles access the legal system and more effectively advocate for themselves during the Unlawful Detainer (Eviction) Process. His compounding interests in history, critical theory, and legal studies, accompanied by his love for community, form the foundation of his passion for building community-centered grassroots movements/solutions that strive to preserve cultural integrity, protect our planet, and empower people to be active agents in their ecosystems. In his lifetime, Fernando wants to help address systemic inequities through the legal and academic sectors by mobilizing institutions to advance Just Transition principles/frameworks into tangible initiatives that help build community resilience and grassroots economic empowerment.