In the first webinar of our Health and Climate Solutions Webinar Series, Mustafa Ali, Elizabeth Yeampierre, and Patricia Cochran will lead a discussion on health and climate equity. They will discuss trends in the climate and health movement in indigenous communities and other communities of color, as well as the role of health equity in the larger movement for climate justice. Speakers will present environmental justice perspectives on climate and how to ensure that health and climate solutions are developed and implemented in a truly equitable manner.
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Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali, PhD, JD
Vice President, Environmental Justice, Climate, and Community Revitalization, National Wildlife Federation, Washington, D.C.
Mustafa previously led the strategic direction, expansion and operation of the Hip Hop Caucus’ portfolio on Climate, Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization. The Hip Hop Caucus is a national, non-profit and non-partisan organization that connects the Hip Hop community to the civic process to build power and create positive change. He previously spent 24 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice and Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization. He led the Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice (EJIWG), which was comprised of 17 federal agencies and White House offices.
Elizabeth Yeampierre, JD
Executive Director, UPROSE, Brooklyn, NY
A national leader in the area of climate justice and community empowerment, Elizabeth is an attorney, co-chair of the Climate Justice Alliance, and Executive Director of UPROSE, Brooklyn’s oldest Latino community-based organization. Prior to UPROSE, Elizabeth was the Director of Legal Education and Training at the Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund, Director of Legal Services for the American Indian law Alliance and Dean of Puerto Rican Student Affairs at Yale University. Elizabeth was the first Latina Chair of the US EPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. Her most recent effort led to the creation of a US EPA NEJAC workgroup dedicated to developing recommendations for resilience from storm surges for industrial waterfront communities. She is a co-founder of the BEA-I (Building Equity & Alignment for Impact) and she also serves on the steering committees of the Solution Project and Climate Justice Alliance. Elizabeth holds a BA from Fordham University, and a JD from Northeastern University.
Ms. Patricia Cochran
Executive Director, Alaska Native Science Commission, Anchorage, AK
Patricia Cochran is an Inupiat Eskimo born and raised in Nome, Alaska. Ms. Cochran serves as Executive Director of the Alaska Native Science Commission (ANSC). The ANSC provides a linkage for creating partnerships and communication between science and research and Alaska Native communities. Ms. Cochran previously served as Administrator of the Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage and Executive Director of the Alaska Community Development Corporation. Ms. Cochran also served as Chair of the 2009 Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change and Co-Chair of the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Network on Climate Change. She is the past Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, an international organization representing 160,000 Inuit of Alaska, Canada, Russian and Greenland; former Chair of the Indigenous Peoples’ Secretariat to the 8 nation, Arctic Council; and former Arctic Representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Ms. Cochran currently serves as Past Chair of the American Indian/Alaska Native/Native