The Power of This Moment
isatis cintrón rodríguez
Isatis M. Cintron-Rodriguez (Ph.D. Candidate) is a Puerto Rican climate researcher awarded the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship to study the impacts of atmospheric pollution in the cryosphere and potential mitigation policies. She works in the intersection between climate civic diplomacy, strategizing and community organizing around climate action and human rights in the Latin America and Caribbean Region (LAC). She is the LAC Regional Coordinator for Citizens Climate Lobby/International (CCI), focused on advancing climate-smart finance, climate empowerment, and public participation both at the national and the UNFCCC level.
Ramón Cruz has over 20 years of experience intersecting the fields of sustainability, environmental policy, urban planning, energy and climate change. He has worked in the public sector as the Deputy Director of the state environmental regulatory agency in Puerto Rico and held senior positions at the Environmental Defense Fund, the Partnership for New York City and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. Ramón is a graduate of American University in Washington D.C. and Princeton University in New Jersey.
Felicia M. Davis directs Sustainability for Clark Atlanta University and is a member of the CAU Sustainability Council. She supports the CAU team approach to sustainability with a focus on campus-wide engagement. A staunch advocate for measurable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency retrofits, green building, and an array of sustainable practices, in 2016 she founded the HBCU Green Fund to help finance green projects at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. A co-lead for the HBCU Geosciences Working Group, she also serves on the boards of the Green 2.0-an initiative dedicated to increasing racial diversity in environmental leadership, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation & Convener of the Clayton County Black Women’s Roundtable, and the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper dedicated to protecting and restoring the Chattahoochee River Basin. She serves as the co-chair for the National Technical Association 92nd Annual Conference. Felicia began her environmental career working on air quality and climate justice as the Georgia Air Keeper director and subsequently served as the first director of Mothers & Others for Clean Air when it was housed within the Georgia Conservancy. She is an Environmental Leadership Program Senior Fellow, IGEL Fellow and Intentional Endowments Network Steering Committee Member. An author of the Air of Injustice Report, she also produced the MSI Green Report, Sustainable Campuses-Building Green at Minority Serving Institutions, and the 2014 HBCU Green Report. Her favorite question is – if we get it right what will it look like?
Donna U. Hope has held numerous environmental consultation positions in the private sector, for non-profits, government agencies, and in philanthropy. In an advisory capacity, Donna served as an advisory community member for the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's DEI capacity building grant, a panel reviewer for WE ACT/ NYS DEC environmental justice grant initiative, reviewer for the U.S. Action for Climate Empowerment Strategic Planning Framework, as a working group advisor on the Green 2.0 environmental diversity initiative of The Raben Group, the Climate Equity Advisory committee for the public policy organization Demos, and was a founding co-chair of the NYC chapter of the Environmental Professionals of Color (EPOC). She is a 2021 Urban Design Forum Forefront Fellow, a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP), an accredited EcoDistricts AP, and a LEED Green Associate. Donna holds dual B.S. degrees in General Science with Mathematics Minor from Spelman College and Civil Engineering with Environmental Concentration from Renssealer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from RPI.
SHerri Mitchell Weh'na Ha'mu Kwasset J.D.
Sherri was born and raised on the Penobscot Indian reservation (Penawahpskek). She speaks and teaches around the world on issues of Indigenous rights, environmental justice, and spiritual change. Her broad base of knowledge allows her to synthesize many subjects into a cohesive whole, weaving together a multitude of complex issues and articulating them in a way that both satisfies the mind and heals the heart.
Sherri is the Founding Director of the Land Peace Foundation, an organization dedicated to the global protection of Indigenous land and water rights and the preservation of the Indigenous way of life. Prior to forming the Land Peace Foundation, Sherri served as a law clerk to the Solicitor of the United States Department of Interior; as an Associate with Fredericks, Peebles and Morgan Law Firm; as a civil rights educator for the Maine Attorney General’s Office, and; as the Staff Attorney for the Native American Unit of Pine Tree Legal.
Sherri received her Juris Doctorate and a certificate in Indigenous People’s Law and Policy from the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law. She is an alumna of the American Indian Ambassador program, and the Udall Native American Congressional Internship program.
Elizabeth Wang is a member of the Climate Justice Working Group of the Donors of Color Network and has over 20 years of experience in representing innovative technology companies. Her clients have included companies in online advertising, ad technology, print and digital publishing, scientific software, biotech and drug discovery, and data aggregation.
Ms. Wang has participated in the evolution of Internet technology and digital media over the past 20 years. As in-house counsel, she represented the new media divisions of Simon & Schuster (a Viacom company) in the mid-1990s. In 1998, Ms. Wang joined DoubleClick, the Internet advertising pioneer (now part of Google), as its first lawyer and general counsel, and for the next five years, helped build the company into an industry leader worldwide.
For several years Ms. Wang taught a popular advanced seminar at Columbia Law School on the business and legal aspects of corporate transactions, with a special focus on technology company clients.
Ms. Wang started her career at the law firms of Howard, Rice (now part of Arnold & Porter) in San Francisco, and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Harvard College.