Jose Aguto is the Associate Director of the Catholic Climate Covenant, seeking to further the mission of caring for creation and for our poor and vulnerable neighbors, consistent with the calls of Catholic Church expressed in recent times by Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict, and Pope Francis.
As a board member of the US Climate Action Network, he seeks to bridge divides among sectors of the climate advocacy community. While at the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) he has convened “quiet conversations” – borrowing from the Quaker UN Office’s “quiet diplomacy” model – to promote trust between individuals first as a critical step in creating durable relationships and policy alignment.
At FCNL, he worked bridge partisan divides through the Call to Conscience on Climate Disruption, an interfaith, grassroots, and moral call to Congress for bipartisan recognition of the reality, science and impacts of climate change. After an interfaith delegation persuaded Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY) to draft a resolution to that effect, organizations across civil society and the political spectrum persuaded 10 House Republicans to co-sponsor the resolution, leading to its introduction in September 2015. The resolution was reintroduced by Rep. Stefanik (R-NY) in March 2017, and is a catalyst for the creation of the bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus and the introduction of bipartisan climate legislation.
Prior to FCNL, he worked for the National Congress of American Indians in the service of tribal nations on natural resources, climate, energy and environmental issues, and for EPA’s American Indian Environmental Office, to help tribal nations exercise their sovereign authority to protect their lands, waters, and natural resources. He is a graduate of Brown University and Villanova Law School.