Adilene supports the management of the grants portfolio and operations budget for the Andes-Amazon Initiative.
Prior to joining the foundation, Adilene worked for the United States Census Bureau as a census enumerator and recruiting assistant aiding in the decennial count for the nation. In this role, she organized with local community organizations and agencies to bring awareness of the ongoing effort to obtain an accurate count of household populations. In this capacity, she worked in hard-to-reach areas such as the Santa Cruz mountains to capture population counts for unhoused communities. During her undergraduate career, she worked on climate change adaptation projects at the local level by helping unhoused populations in the downtown area of San Jose, CA adapt to the increased severity and frequency of wildfires.
Adilene has served as a lobby corps committee member for Associated Students at San Jose State University, influencing decisions on policies and initiatives that impact students. She is currently serving as a planning commissioner for the City of Gilroy which acts as an advisory body to city council in the review of planning applications and development within the City of Gilroy.
Adilene received her B.S. in environmental studies, minor in green engineering and is currently working towards obtaining her master's degree in urban and regional planning from San Jose State University.