The Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic is hosting a lunch with Colette Pichon Battle, the Founder and Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy, on Wednesday, March 6th from 12pm-1pm in the Clinic suite (WCC-4119, located on the 4th floor of the Clinical Wing). Rand Wentworth, the Louis Bacon Senior Fellow in Environmental Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, will provide an introduction.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Jacqueline Calahong at email@example.com.
BIO FOR COLETTE PICHON BATTLE
Colette Pichon Battle, Esq. is the founder and Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy and develops programming focused on Equitable Disaster Recovery, Global Migration, Community Economic Development, Climate Justice and Energy Democracy. For more than a decade, Colette has worked with local communities, national funders and elected officials in the post-Katrina/post-BP disaster recovery. In 2015 she was a lead coordinator for Gulf South Rising, a regional initiative around climate justice and just transition in the South. In addition to developing advocacy initiatives that intersect with race, systems of power and ecology, Colette manages GCCLP’s legal services in immigration law and disaster law.
In 2018 Colette was awarded with an Honorary Doctorate from Kenyon College. In 2016 Colette was named a White House Champion of Change for Climate Equity and in 2015, was selected as an Echoing Green Climate Fellow. In 2012, Colette was named an “Expert of Color” by the Insight Center for Community Economic Development based on her work to address the US racial wealth divide. In 2007 Colette received recognition from the American Bar Association and in 2008 she was awarded the U.S. Civilian Medal of Honor for the state of Louisiana- both awards were for her work around multiracial, cross regional alliance building in the Katrina recovery.
Ms. Pichon Battle serves on the Board of Directors for the US Climate Action Network (USCAN), the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), and Gulf Restoration Network (GRN). Colette serves on the governance council for the Southern Movement Assembly (SMA), is an advisory board member for Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) and has recently joined the Movement for Black Lives Policy Table leadership team.