Mary Nela Nicole Black

Activating youth to grow climate action.

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Raleigh, North Carolina

Affiliations & Roles

Field Organizer, Climate Action North Carolina

Fellow, North Carolina IGNITE

Board of Directors Member, Partners for Environmental Justice

Raleigh Environmental Advisory Board



Mary is a field organizer with Climate Action North Carolina where she works to make environmental values are a priority for the state. With a love for the environment that started long ago, Mary Black knew she would stop at nothing to land her dream job in the world of environmental policy. As the North Carolina IGNITE Fellow, Mary launched college chapters and led a regional college council where she encouraged other young women from across the state to step up and own their political power. For Mary, part of being a political leader means helping other young women be an advocate for themselves and connecting them to opportunities that will shape their career path. 


She is currently pursuing a master’s in Environmental Law and Policy at Vermont Law School. She is building upon her studies in Environmental Studies at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Her goal is to create an equitable, positive, sustainable future and a more responsible relationship with the environment. She is the youngest member of the Partners for Environmental Justice (PEJ) Board of Directors. Mary was also recently appointed to the Raleigh Environmental Advisory board. With extensive campaign experience - from fundraising to speech writing to field management and more - her objective is to give a voice to the voiceless. Mary aspires to launch a political plan to activate more youth on issues related to the environment and climate change that brings focus to the intersectionality of race, environment, and gender.


Mary hopes to work over the next year and a half to create the next generation of environmental leaders and advocates by engaging with youth and having operational climate action college chapters on six surrounding college campuses.

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