Leadership in Energy Equity & Climate Justice

Modeled after PSE’s current community leadership development programs focused on racial equity and equitable development, JEA is a seven-month leadership development program created to educate the next generation of equity leaders who aspire to be energy equity and climate justice leaders in their communities.

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strengthen our equity ecosystem

As a community advocate involved in advancing energy equity in formal and informal leadership positions, this program was designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and tools to effectively engage stakeholders regarding community concerns and policies that impact your communities; in particular, energy equity and climate justice issues.

At the conclusion of this seven-month training, participants will be able to fully engage in dialogue about racial equity, energy equity, climate justice and energy policies that impact your communities. Also, you will have the tools needed to facilitate and mediate difficult and complex conversations with your neighbors about these and other issues. Finally, you will have developed a group identity and support structure as you go forth to address critical energy, climate and equity issues.

About JEA

Academy Structure and Objectives

Training Audience

Community members currently involved in or interested in advancing equity in the community in formal and informal leadership positions.

Purpose

Provide knowledge, leadership skills, and tools for participants to effectively engage stakeholders and community member regarding energy equity, racial equity, climate justice and energy policies that impact their communities.

Core Curriculum

Energy Equity, Community Engagement, and Racial Equity. 

2021 Speakers

(Subject to change)

Featured Guests

Lindsay Harper

Lindsay Harper

Executive Director

GA Women’s Action for New Direction

Graduation Keynote

Nathaniel  Smith

Nathaniel Smith

Chief Equity Officer

Partnership for Southern Equity

Dr. Cedric Ogden

Dr. Cedric Ogden

Extension Engineer and Specialist/Assistant Professor

Fort Valley State University

Marvin Crafter

Marvin Crafter

Environmental Justice Activist

Former City Councilman
City of Fort Valley

Jennette Gayer

Jennette Gayer

State Director

Environment Georgia

Marquese Averette

Marquese Averette

Clean Energy Organizing Representative

Sierra Club Georgia Chapter

Matt Cox

Matt Cox

Founder and CEO

Greenlink

Stacy Shelton

Stacy Shelton

Associate Attorney

Southern Environmental Law Center

Dr. Mildred McClain

Dr. Mildred McClain

Director, Environmental Justice Pioneer

Harambee House/Citizens for Environmental Justice
Coastal Georgia Organizer
Partnership for Southern Equity

Liza Garza

Liza Garza

Facilitator and Cultural Organizer

Alternate Roots

Dr. Na'Taki Osborne Jelks

Dr. Na'Taki Osborne Jelks

Board Chair-person

West Atlanta Watershed Alliance (WAWA)
Assistant Professor, Environmental and Health Sciences, Spelman College  

Alumni Resources

Session 4

Energy Policy 101 & Energy Planning Roadmap

Session 5

Looking Ahead: 100% Renewable & Equitable Energy

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Session 6

Organizing for Opportunity:

Advocacy & Community Organizing

Session 7

Community Project Presentations and Graduation
 

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TBD

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JEA 2021 Cohort

Our third class of energy equity leaders continues to make positive change throughout the South and beyond.

Azania Heyward-James

Azania Heyward-James

Community Project:

Danni Dong

Danni Dong

Community Project:

Everette Dotson

Everette Dotson

Community Project:

Beth M. Graham

Beth M. Graham

Community Project:

Samantha MacDonald

Samantha MacDonald

Community Project:

Kyle G. Crider

Kyle G. Crider

Community Project:

Brandon Sinnot

Brandon Sinnot

Community Project:

Mayukh Datta

Mayukh Datta

Community Project:

Thông Phan

Thông Phan

Community Project:

Tawana Smith Mattox, Ed.D.

Tawana Smith Mattox, Ed.D.

Community Project:

Justin "MasterPeace" Nickelson

Justin "MasterPeace" Nickelson

Community Project:

Calonda Boyd

Calonda Boyd

Community Project:

Phyllis Richardson

Phyllis Richardson

Community Project:

Aleyna Cirig-Beebe

Aleyna Cirig-Beebe

Community Project:

Jaketa Lucas

Jaketa Lucas

Community Project:

Eboni Preston

Eboni Preston

Community Project:

Alyssa Cleveland

Alyssa Cleveland

Community Project:

Cami Sockow

Cami Sockow

Community Project:

Nicholas Bamonte

Nicholas Bamonte

Community Project:

Carnell Tate

Carnell Tate

Community Project:

Maddy Frey

Maddy Frey

Community Project:

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