Ayanna Williams

Ayanna Williams Participant: 2021 U.S. Grassroots Accelerator Encouraging environmental resilience through community partnership and engagement. Region Decatur, GA Affiliations & Roles Director of Community and Environmental Resilience, National Recreation and Park Association     Ayanna Williams comes to NRPA as a tested leader in place-based environmentally focused nonprofits. Most recently she was the Healthy Cities…

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Jessica Thrasher

Jessica Thrasher Participant: 2021 U.S. Grassroots Accelerator Educating and equipping communities to better manage water systems. Region Fort Collins, CO Affiliations & Roles Education & Outreach Manager, Colorado Stormwater Center & Colorado State University     Jessica Thrasher is the Education and Outreach Manager for the Colorado Stormwater Center at Colorado State University. She has…

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Natalie Nava

Natalie Nava Participant: 2021 U.S. Grassroots Accelerator Accelerating advocacy and cultural preservation programs that center indigenous lifeways with the Winnemem Wintu tribe of Mount Shasta. Region Redding, CA Affiliations & Roles Development Director & Village Planner, Indian Cultural Organization     Inspired by the leadership of Chief Caleen Sisk and tribal members of the Winnemem…

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Noriann Marie Meléndez Vélez

Noriann Marie Meléndez Vélez Participant: 2021 U.S. Grassroots Accelerator Cleansing and maintaining beach waste in Puerto Rico. Region Guayama, Puerto Rico Affiliations & Roles Creator of Cuatro Costa Journalist   Noriann M. Meléndez Vélez is a Puerto Rican journalist and photojournalist who completed her studies at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in Santurce, Puerto Rico…

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Shelley Kalei Muneoka

Shelley Kalei Muneoka Participant: 2021 U.S. Grassroots Accelerator Defending Native Hawaiian elders and protecting cultural rights. Region Honolulu, HI Affiliations & Roles Board Treasurer, KAHEA: The Hawaiian Environmental Alliance     Shelley Kalei Muneoka is a Kanaka Maoli woman, born and raised in Heʻeia Uli in Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu. She has worked on land and Native…

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