List of Presenters

Listing 162 Contributors in this category. Click on any listing to show sessions and more information. Use the links at the bottom of the page to navigate the list.

Ashia Ajani

They/Them/Theirs MEM ‘21  

Ashia Ajani is an environmental storyteller and educator hailing from Denver, CO, Queen City of the Plains, the unceded territories of the Cheyenne, Ute, Arapahoe and Comanche peoples. Ajani is a Master’s of Environmental Management Candidate at Yale School of the Environment. They are a virtual environmental justice educator with Mycelium Youth Network and a research assistant in Dr. Dorceta Taylor’s JEDSI lab. Their work has been featured in Sierra Magazine, Frontier Poetry, World Literature Today and Southern Humanities Review, among others. 

Katherine Allison

Research Associate Yale School of the Environment  She/Her/Hers    

Katherine is a Research Associate focusing on climate, environmental, and food justice issues. She received a BA in International Business and French from Linfield College in Oregon and a M.Ed. in Community Development and Action from Vanderbilt University. In between undergrad and grad school, she worked for four years managing food distribution programs at regional food banks in Washington, DC and Seattle, WA. 

Margie Alt

Campaign Director, Climate Action Campaign

Marco Alvarez

He/Him/His MEM'22  

Marco Alvarez is a Master’s of Environmental Management student specializing in water resources at the Yale School of the Environment. He is a part of the JEDSI lab under Dr. Dorceta Taylor, where he studies food justice and food access in various Michigan cities. Prior to his graduate studies, he graduated from Florida International University, where he earned his B.S in Environmental Studies with a minor in Economics. During his undergraduate studies, he interned at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, where he focused on nitrogen fixation rates in speckled alder. He also worked at Zoo Miami, where he studied gopher tortoise thermal ecology as a part of the FIU Tropical Conservation Internship. 

Ryan Anderson

She/Her/Hers MEM ‘23 

Ryan is a Master’s of Environmental Management candidate specializing in environmental justice at Yale School of the Environment. After Ryan received her BA in Environmental Studies from Brown University in 2018, she moved back to her hometown of Salt Lake City, UT, where she worked as a Community Program Coordinator for the nonprofit Utah Clean Energy. As a Community Program Coordinator, Ryan helped incorporate principles of justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion into the organization’s policies and programs. Moving forward, Ryan hopes to advocate for underrepresented communities and explore the relationship between queerness and environmental inequality. 

Kerry Ard

Associate Professor Environmental and Natural Resource Sociology The Ohio State University 

Dr. Kerry Ard is an Associate Professor of Environmental and Natural Resource Sociology at The Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources. Dr. Ard’s research explores how social processes create and sustain environmental inequalities by race and class and how these unequal exposures are linked to health disparities. She uses sociological concepts to understand the issues of social inequality and the environment. Her work covers the arc of environmental inequality from an investigation into its political causes to its ultimate consequences of social disparities in health outcomes. At the foundation of her work is a perspective that scholars need to bring the insights from the field of sociology to bear on the causes of environmental risk and resulting effects on health. Current research provides little doubt that pollution is unequally distributed by race and class. Future research in this field needs to work toward gaining insight into actionable social and political areas that are at the core of these inequalities. The goal of Dr. Ard’s research is to uncover the political leverage points that will address social inequalities.

Christopher Askew-Merwin

Senior Policy Analyst for Water Programs Northeast-Midwest Institute 

Shalanda Baker

Senior Advisor - Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy

Gary Barrett

Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Agriculture;  Professor, Georgetown University