Darryl Molina Sarmiento

Executive Director, Communities for a Better Environment

Now, in her 12th year with Communities for a Better Environment (CBE), Darryl Molina Sarmiento embodies CBE’s leadership ladder, having first started at the age of 18 when she took one of the organization's Toxic Tours. Later, in 2005, she formally joined CBE as Southern California’s Youth Program coordinator. In 2011, Sarmiento transitioned into the role of CBE’s Southern California program director and was at the helm of successful community-based campaigns against the fossil fuel industry and against toxic polluters such as Exide Technologies.

Sarmiento was instrumental in leading the passage of Clean Up Green Up, a City of Los Angeles ordinance that is one of the first Environmental Justice Green Zone Policies in the nation. She has worked on the passage of statewide energy and climate policy, and has worked to advance local clean energy and transportation goals. Darryl graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Asian American Studies. After graduating, she worked for the AFL-CIO Labor Union and Pilipino Workers Center of Los Angeles. She previously served on the board of The California Fund for Youth Organizing.

Live Event Appearances

Podcast Guest Appearances

What is a Just Transition?

Jan 14 2020 - 6:30pm

Our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels has led to climate disruption and inequality. Underserved communities are the ones most harmed by pollution, lack of green space and heat-related illness. Transitioning to clean energy would seem to be the obvious answer. But in the process of trying to right old wrongs, do we risk leaving people behind?