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Jacqueline Patterson is the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Since 2007 Patterson has served as coordinator and co-founder of Women of Color United. Recently a global women’s rights consultant, Jacqui Patterson has worked as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate and activist working on women‘s rights, violence against women, HIV&AIDS, racial justice, economic justice, and environmental and climate justice. Patterson served as a Senior Women’s Rights Policy Analyst for ActionAid where she integrated a women’s rights lens for the issues of food rights, macroeconomics, and climate change as well as the intersection of violence against women and HIV&AIDS. Previously, she served as Assistant Vice-President of HIV/AIDS Programs for IMA World Health providing management and technical assistance to medical facilities and programs in 23 countries in Africa and the Caribbean. Patterson served as the Outreach Project Associate for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Research Coordinator for Johns Hopkins University. A returned U.S. Peace Corps Jamaica volunteer, Patterson holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University. She currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Congressional Black Caucus Fellows Alumni Network, The Coordination Team of the Gender Justice Working Group of the US Social Forum, the Advisory Committee for The Grandmothers’ Project, the Steering Committee of interfaith Moral Action on Climate Change, as well as serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute of the Black World and US Climate Action Network.
Ms. Patterson on the importance of the Summit:
“At a time when we have reached a nexus of already experiencing catastrophic climate change while at the same time holding the power to collectively stem the tide for future generations, the International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit will convene critical conversations about how we can work together to reform systems, policies and practices. Women’s leadership is critical both because women are often disproportionately impacted by climate change and because women are often absent from the decision making tables where their strengths would uniquely guide conversations towards innovative ways of building community local self-reliance and resilience, the keys to both mitigation and adaptation.”