Nalleli Cobo, Alverno Heights’ Own Environment Activist

On Earth Day, Alverno Heights Academy celebrates its very own environment activist, Nalleli from the Class of 2019.

At age nine, Nalleli Cobo engaged in community activism for the first time. Growing up across the street from AllenCo Energy, an oil well in her community, Nalleli noticed her health took a turn for the worse. She worked with her community to create a grassroots campaign called People not Pozos (wells) in hopes stop this from happening to others. Nalleli is a cofounder of the South Los Angeles Youth Leadership Coalition, a member of STAND LA, who works tirelessly to establish a 2500 ft buffer between oil extraction, homes, and sensitive land. She has been the youth speaker at many conferences and events such as the Climate Reality Project and The Women’s March. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy by Apolitical, A Local Hero by KCET, the Leader to Watch by Liberty Hill and received the Youth Trailblazer award at the Women in Green Forum. We are proud of you Nalleli!

In her free time Cobo attends dance classes at Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles, a professional Mexican folklorico group. She is a freshman at Whittier College studying a combination of Political Science, Economics and International Relations (a major she is creating!).

Nalleli has been fighting for the environment since she was very young and now she is facing her own fight as she battles cancer and begins her treatment. Your Alverno community is behind you Nalleli – AHA support you and pray for you.

Alverno Heights Academy, 200 North Michillinda Avenue, Sierra Madre, (626) 355-3463 or visit

About Alverno Heights Academy

Alverno Heights Academy is an all-girls, independent, progressive Catholic, college preparatory school dedicated to its mission of empowering each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be. Located on the property of the former Barlow Estate in Sierra Madre, California, Alverno Heights Academy was founded in 1960 by the Sisters of St. Francis who sought to create an environment in the San Gabriel Valley where young women could become informed and knowledgeable persons. Later renamed Alverno High School and sponsored by the Immaculate Heart Community, Alverno’s program—academic, spiritual, aesthetic, social, and physical—has been shaped by the staff, trustees, and students. As Alverno Heights Academy once again, the school remains committed to its mission by encouraging each of their young women to be who they imagine. For more information about Alverno Heights Academy, please visit




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