Nalleli Cobo


South Central Youth Leadership Coalition

Nalleli Cobo is a Center for Diverse Leadership (CDLS) Fellow. Since the age of nine Nalleli has been fighting for a healthier community in her hometown of South Los Angeles. In 2015, she co-founded the South Central Youth Leadership Coalition, which successfully sued the city of Los Angeles for disproportionately permitting oil drilling in Latino and Black communities. She was awarded the 2022 Goldman Environmental Prize which recognizes grassroot environmental champions.

Nalleli is currently working with the CDLS to develop a research program that will provide communities the tools they need to advocate for themselves.

Learn more about Nalleli’s inspiring life and work:

A Slow Violence Comes to an End in LA

2022 Goldman Prize Winner

Photo: Tamara Leigh Photography for the Goldman Environmental Prize