adrienne maree brown is author of Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements. She is a writer, social justice facilitator, pleasure activist, healer and doula living in Detroit.
Mustafa Santiago Ali
A renowned thought leader, international speaker, policy maker, community liaison, trainer, and facilitator, Dr.Mustafa Santiago Ali is the Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate; Community Revitalization for the National Wildlife Federation. Before joining the NWF Mustafa was the Senior Vice President for the
Hip Hop Caucus, 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. As HHC Senior Vice President, he led the strategic direction, expansion, and operation of the Hip Hop Caucus’ portfolio on Climate, Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization.
AISHA FUKUSHIMA (she/her/hers) is a Singer, Speaker, Educator, and ‘RAPtivist’ (rap activist). Fukushima founded RAPtivism (Rap Activism), a hip hop project spanning 20 countries and four continents, amplifying universal efforts for freedom and justice. She is a multilingual, multiracial African American Japanese woman who has done lectures and performances everywhere from the United States to France, Morocco, Japan, Germany, England, South Africa, Senegal, India, Denmark and beyond. Fukushima’s ‘RAPtivism’ work has been featured on Oprah Magazine, TEDx, KQED Public Television, The Seattle Times, TV 2M Morocco, The Bangalore Mirror, HYPE, South Africa’s #1 Hip Hop Magazine, and others.
As a public speaker, Fukushima combines the art of performance and lecture. In her speeches she links themes such as hip hop, global citizenship, empowerment, feminism and cultural activism with live musical performance. She was the first non-Native person to deliver a keynote address at Montana’s 2012 Schools of Promise Conference for Indigenous youth and has presented at such diverse venues as Stanford University, Yale Law School, Duke University, the National Conference On Race and Ethnicity (NCORE), People of Color in Independent Schools (POCIS) conferences, UMass Amherst, TEDxSitka, TEDxBend, TEDxWhitman, TEDxUWCCR, Rock The School Bells, Osaka University, among others.
Jeannine Kayembe aka ( _Oro5_ ) is an Asian African queer woman. She and 30 other young people alongside native north philly teens co founded Urban Creators and Life Do Grow urban farm in 2010 which became an arts and culture hub in north philadelphia . 10 years and helping raise 1M$ later she’s expanding mediums and making an Impact on climate change through naturisic sound scapes . Blending sounds from nature , Hiphop and revolutionary women of color to create soundtracks women of color can heal , Hike and rage to . It’s her belief that once the environment is safe for black/brown women and trans people it will be safe for all.
Co Executive Director
Kareemah Batts (she/her/hers) IS! She IS a woman. She IS a woman of color. She IS an African American woman of color. She IS an African American woman of color that survived cancer. She IS an African American woman of color that survived cancer and now living with her left leg amputated. But most of all Kareemah IS her own person. Starting as a “broke girl from Flatbush”, she has fueled her passions to shed light on disability and cancer through her work with the climbing community. She is now the Program Manager at Brooklyn Boulders Foundation, The Founder and President of Adaptive Climbing Group Inc., and a speaker and advocate for marginalized identities.
Melissa Ruiz (she/her/hers) is a student of Special Education at New York University and 2 time USA Climbing Adaptive Nationals competitor. She is the Administrative Lead for Adaptive Climbing Group New York Chapter. Melissa comes from a unique family of 6 sibling with disabilities. As a Cerebral Palsy warrior her goals is to give Special Education children more opportunities than she and her family received in access to the outdoors and other quality of life experiences.
Teresa Nguyen (she/her/hers) was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. As a woman with a disability who grew up in a multicultural household, Teresa holds unique insight to what quality of life means for people of color with disabilities. She has dedicated her career to focus on public health initiatives that serve people with disabilities across the lifespan, and received her Master of Public Health in 2016. Teresa currently serves as a policy analyst in developmental disability policy in Washington, DC with the United States Department of Health and Human Services – Administration on Community Living. During her free time she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her loved ones. She believes the outdoors can be more utilized by wheelchair users with creativity in design, attitudes and perceptions.
Vasu Sojitra (he/him/his) identifies as a cis-hetero first generation Indian-American living with a disability. When Vasu was nine months old, he was diagnosed with septicemia, resulting in the amputation of his right leg. Originally from Connecticut and India, he has now settled in Bozeman, MT to pursue his developed passion for advocacy for people with disability, people of color, and many other minorities in the outdoors as a Program Director for Eagle Mount Bozeman, a Coordinator for Earthtone Outsideᴹᵀ and a professional athlete for The North Face. His motto is "#ninjasticking through the woods to bring intersectionality to the outdoors.”
Malia Hulleman (she/her/hers) is kanaka maoli (native hawaiian) of mixed decent, born and raised on the island of O’ahu. She is a farmer, story protector, daughter, sister, aunty, and land/water defender. She dedicates her life to standing up, speaking up and showing up for her community, along with all the others that she has been introduced to. As an aloha ʻāina (defender), she understands that solidarity between indigenous peoples is a salient necessity.