André is involved at several levels with Latino Outdoors, a largely volunteer powered Latine-led organization that connects and engages leaders and community members in the outdoor, conservation, and nature movement. He helped to establish and coordinate a new regional group of Latino Outdoors (LO) in the San Joaquin Valley of California (LO Fresno) and additionally serves as an advisory board member for the nation-wide efforts of the group. André is also the Community Engagement & Conservation Policy Manager for the statewide-focused environmental nonprofit, CalWild, where he engages, informs, and organizes communities to protect “public lands and waters”, as well as advocates on issues relating to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Access. As part of his demonstrated leadership and commitment to “public lands” issues, André currently holds an appointment position to the Bureau of Land Management’s Central CA Resource Advisory Council where he helps balance decisions that serve the interests of all “public land” users.
André’s professional background originally lies in wildlife & conservation, having worked on habitat restoration and wildlife monitoring projects that include conducting amphibian and reptile surveys for Yosemite National Park and monitoring trout populations in the Santa Monica Mountains of Southern California. Beyond his current roles, André has previously also been involved with other community focused organizations and efforts including the Indigenous Oaxaca Cooperativa, a group of Oaxacan community leaders who are working to build solidarity and empowerment among the Indigenous diaspora across Central and Southern California.