BEA Steering Committee
Deputy Director, WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Cecil is a father, a pilot and lives in the Hamilton Heights section of West Harlem in NYC, his family’s home for almost 90 years. He comes from a family that was actively engaged in the Civil Rights movement. Prior to joining WE ACT, Cecil worked for the Bronx County District Attorney, NYS Justice Hon. W. T. Martin, the Mellon Minority Scholars Program and the NY Public Library. Cecil has been engaged in the BEA almost from the very beginning, having served on planning committees in addition to attending initial gatherings.
National Co-Coordinator, Environmental Justice Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform
Michele provides strategic leadership, technical and capacity support to fenceline communities through EJHA. The affiliates of EJHA span across the US and live fenceline to some of our nation's most egregious industrial operation, and many of the affiliates are considered as legacy communities. In addition to Michele’s serving on the BEA Emissions Reduction Workgroup, EJHA and some EJHS grassroot affiliates have benefited from BEA funding.
Executive Director, Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE)
Dwaign has over twenty-five years of professional experience in economic development, community and neighborhood development, youth development and workforce development. Throughout his professional experience, Dwaign has effectively led capable and diverse teams and has also been able to communicate complex public policies to various stakeholders to show how community-based partnerships can build stronger communities and empower residents and businesses to take active roles in their neighborhoods. ACE has attended BEA functions and has received funding from BEA.
Loren White Jr.
Indegenous Environmental Network
Loren has been working on environmental and economic justice for nearly 20 years and recently joined the IEN as the Community Development Coordinator. Since early in 2018 he has been working with Indigenous frontline communities to help design and develop, along with managing and maintaining the collaborative Regenerative Community Loan Fund. He is also assisting in bringing to fruition their projects that reflect their visions of sustainability and equity, based on the Principles of Just Transition. IEN has attended BEA functions and has been involved in many BEA discussions.
Program Coordinator, Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy (CEED)
Say has a background in community outreach and administrative coordination related to community and economic development that contributes to her role as Program Coordinator at CEED. She has contributed to the movement for environmental justice and climate justice providing testimonies to the EPA, organizing workshops and webinars for communities, coordinating the EJ, Science and Democracy Forum, and supporting the Equitable and Just National Climate Platform. Since joining CEED in 2015, Say has supported the work of the BEA in various capacities including: CPP Forum in Albuquerque, NM; Weaver meeting in Minneapolis, MN; Just Transition Forum in Jackson, MS; and the General Assembly in New York.
Deputy National Program Director, Sierra Club
Based in Austin, Texas, Eva has worked for the Sierra Club since 2009 in various roles, spending seven years with organizing, supporting and managing staff and volunteers across various regions of the country. Over the years, Eva has led and supported many successful community, state, and national campaigns by bringing to bear all the strategic elements of the Sierra Club, including a commitment to building strong partnerships. Eva's first engagement with the BEA was in 2016 when she worked with the Sierra Club team internally and CEJA to develop a partnership using the BEA principles and framework as a guide. Eva has been an internal advocate at Sierra Club in advancing the Jemez Principles, working to develop guidance and to put the Jemez Principles into practice.
Director, Center for Science and Democracy, Union of Concerned Scientists
Andrew is director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. He has more than 25 years of experience in government service and academic and non-profit leadership. He is the author of scores of peer-reviewed studies and reports on fisheries and ocean management and has published on the intersection between science and policy making. Andrew has served on the BEA Weaver team (former governance body) for the past year. In addition, he co-chaired the Research Work Group and lead a research project with grassroots partners for a landscape analysis of grassroots organizations and funders in two regions.
Deputy Director and Senior Attorney on the Environmental Justice team, Natural Resource Defence Council (NRDC)
Ramya works with communities of color and low-income communities to advocate and litigate for environmental justice. She has expertise using environmental and civil rights laws to ensure that these communities are not disproportionately burdened by environmental harms, such as freight-related air pollution or hazardous waste. Ramya, through colleagues at the NRDC, has followed the BEA's work and mission of building alignment between big greens, grassroots, and philanthropy and addressing the current and historical inequities in the environmental movement.