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Abre' Conner

Director, Environmental and Climate Justice

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Abre' Conner oversees the strategy and collaboration across the Association to dismantle environmental racism. She also teaches Education Law at the University of California-Davis.

A native of Lakeland, FL, Abre' served as the Directing Attorney of Health at the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley where she led the litigation, direct legal services work, and advocacy regarding health equity and the social determinants of health that impact historically excluded communities across the Silicon Valley. Abre' sat on the Law Foundation's race, equity, and inclusion steering committee and led work regarding jail conditions, encampment sweeps, alternatives to involuntary medical and psychiatric treatment for individuals in Santa Clara County, and advocacy to close an airport that allowed planes to use lead fuel. Prior to joining the Law Foundation, Abre' was a staff attorney with the ACLU Foundation of Northern California, where she advocated for the civil rights and liberties of Central Valley and Northern California residents, including an emphasis on issues that impact people of color in rural communities such as environmental justice. 

As a staff attorney at the Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment in Delano, CA, Abre' primarily worked with migrant farmworkers and in unincorporated communities. She has worked at numerous civil rights entities including the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, and Capitol Hill. She was also an associate in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel in the Obama Administration. Abre' currently serves as the elected Assembly Speaker for the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, the chief policy officer for the Division, and is an appointed member of the ABA's Children's Rights Litigation Working Group. Under her leadership, the Division adopted a resolution declaring racism as a public health crisis. 

A graduate of American University, Washington College of Law, and the University of Florida, Abre' has been named a top 40 under 40 Nation's Best Advocate by the National Bar Association, top 100 leader by Fresno Black Chamber of Commerce, top 40 On the Rise Attorneys by the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Community Champion by Fresno Building Healthy Communities, 40 under 40 alumni by the University of Florida, and has appeared in the New York Times' The Daily, American Bar Association Journal, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated's National Magazine, The Archon, and Cosmopolitan Magazine.