Ángel Ibañez was born and raised in the Spartan Keyes neighborhood in San José. Ángel currently serves as a Policy Advisor for San José Mayor Sam Liccardo where he covers policy areas including Environmental Justice, Energy, and Immigration. His work is focused on advancing policies and programs that reduce the City's greenhouse gas emissions and close the clean energy divide for disadvantaged communities. He is passionate about ensuring the clean energy transition is equitable and inclusive, and his work is grounded in helping to make San José a healthier and more prosperous place to live for all.
Prior to joining the San José Mayor's Office, Ángel interned in the Los Angeles Mayor's Office working on the city's sustainability plan and researching energy-efficiency program designs. He has worked as an environmental justice community organizer where he helped to mobilize Latino voters to advocate for progressive clean energy policies in California, and as a sustainability researcher at the U.S. Agency for International Development and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development.
Ángel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Public Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the first in his family to attend and graduate from college, and is a fluent Spanish speaker.