Meet the Leaders of the 2019 US Accelerator Program

Melody Zhang

Washington D.C. Washington D.C.
United States

Creating a cultural shift within the church around the issues of climate, and building a church network of climate advocates in Washington D.C.

Monica Ibacache

New York New York
United States

Organizing sustainability and permaculture education in New York to prepare children facing the permanent consequences associated with climate change.

Beth Roach

Richmond Virginia
United States

Huda Alkaff

West Band Wisconsin
United States

Bridging faith and environmental justice to educate her Wisconsin community on energy and water conservation.

Erin Foster West

Denver Colorado
United States

Aiding young farmers to ensure success in adapting to climate change on their farms across the Western U.S.

Angel Amaya

Billings Montana
United States

Shifting the narrative on climate change through storytelling projects across the West.

Lyrica Maldonado

Flagstaff Arizona
United States

Mobilizing young people all over the Colorado Plateau to train, learn, and develop relationships in the face of climate change.

Mishka Banuri

Salt Lake City Utah
United States

Empowering young people in Utah to engage with the root causes of local environmental issues from an intersectional perspective.

Kealoha Pisciotta

Central Valley California
United States

Mobilizing to protect Hawaiian sacred site, Mauna Kea and upholding traditional indigenous principles of Aloha Aina and Kapu Aloha.

June Farmer

Marin City California
United States

Empowering local underserved youth and adults through ecoliteracy training and nature-based adaptation models.

Elizabeth (Liz) Chun Hye Lee

Queens New York
United States

Using faith to grow a culture of climate justice and gender equity in Queens, New York.

Magaly Santos

Gonzales California
United States

Educating agricultural workers on their health rights, and fighting against pesticide-use in the Central Valley of California.

Ruth Aloua

Kailuna-Kona Hawaii
United States

Preserving traditional ecologies and cultures to pass on to the next generation in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Crystal Huang

Oakland California
United States

Creating regenerative economies and making solar power accessible in East Oakland.

Jordan Macha

Houston Texas
United States

Incorporating nature-based solutions and nature-centered practices in Houston municipal structures.

Brittany Bennett

Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
United States

Building climate resilient and socially just communities through hackathons.

Brynn Foster

Honolulu Hawaii
United States

Reclaiming a regenerative food system and Hawaiian food sovereignty.

Sabina Perez

Hagatna Guam
United States

Preventing environmental degradation in Guam and mobilizing community members to protect Litekyan, a sacred land scheduled to be the site of a firing range.

Camille Hadley

Palm Bay Florida
United States

Building sustainable food production systems and providing STEM opportunities for underserved youth in Palm Bay, Florida

Dolores (Dee Dee) Belmares

San Antonio Texas
United States

Fighting air pollution and protecting children’s health in her community of San Antonio, Texas.

Tosha Phonix

St. Louis Missouri
United States

Organizing against the food apartheid in St. Louis to improve food access and representation of local food systems.