Salote Soqo

Salote Soqo Participant: 2021 U.S. Grassroots Accelerator Uplifting human rights based responses in frontline communities. Region Revere, MA Affiliations & Roles Senior Partnership Officer, Climate Justice & Crisis Response Unitarian Universalist Service Committee     Salote is an I-Taukei from the Fiji Islands and an American immigrant with 16 years of professional experience in the…

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Emma Perez

Emma Perez Participant: 2021 U.S. Grassroots Accelerator Preserving indigenous history and reconnecting the people of the Marianas to their land and waters. Region Northern Mariana Islands Affiliations & Roles Co-Founder & Board Secretary & Treasurer, 500 Sails     Emma Perez is co-founder and President of 500 Sails, a Northern Mariana Islands non-profit organization dedicated…

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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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Jeanné Kapela

Jeanné Kapela Participant: 2021 U.S. Grassroots Accelerator Advocating for and progressing environmental and social policy in Hawaii. Region Hawaii Affiliations & Roles Representative, Hawaii State House of Representatives Vice-Chair, Committee on Education     Rep. Jeanné Kapela serves in the Hawai’i State House of Representatives, where she is the Vice-Chair for the Committee on Education.…

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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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