Abby Reyes



Abby Reyes directs UCI Community Resilience Projects. The projects foster community-driven and inclusive solutions to climate change challenges. Current focus areas include regional resilience, climate refugees, and a community resilience co-lab on campus. Abby also trains UC faculty, staff, community collaborators, and student activists in community leadership for climate resilience statewide. She is a partner in the National Association of Climate Resilience Planners.

Named a “Model of Resistance” by Barnard College’s Scholar and the Feminist Conference, Abby has directed the U’wa Defense Project, a legal and community organizing effort to support the Colombian indigenous U’wa pueblo for dignity against big oil. She has also worked with rural fishing and farming communities through the Environmental Legal Assistance Center in the southern Philippines as a Henry Luce Scholar. She co-chairs the board of directors of EarthRights International.

Abby received her J.D. from UC Berkeley Law (2005), and her B.A. from Stanford University (1996). She clerked for the Honorable Richard A. Paez on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and served as a staff attorney at the Ninth Circuit on the immigration docket for five years.

Current Courses:

Law and Social Movements