“Today it’s more important than ever that we raise our voices for those who have been left behind, particularly in underserved communities.”
Meet Adrienne Cooper, Director at Defend our Future
An Ohio native, Adrienne Cooper is the Director of Defend Our Future, a program of the Environmental Defense Fund aimed at bringing new voices to the fight against climate change. Prior to joining Defend, she served on the Democratic Convention Contract Negotiating team and as the Deputy Director for Voter Expansion at the Democratic National Committee, as the Deputy Director for Intergovernmental Affairs at the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee, the Midwest Regional Political Director at the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee in Charlotte, North Carolina and the Deputy Director of Member Communications at the AFL-CIO.
Adrienne was the Online Marketing Director for the record-setting finance team of the 2008 Obama for America campaign and served in the Obama Administration as a Congressional Relations Liaison at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Originally from Cincinnati, OH, she graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science an a minor in Women’s Studies.
On the importance of communities of color understanding what is happening as it relates to the environment
We’ve known for decades that communities of color are disproportionately impacted by pollution, climate change and other environmental challenges, but for far too long, they have not been equally represented at the decision making table. Defend is working to change this by working with diverse stakeholders to ensure that our leaders hear us and act to protect our communities.
On the important role that women of color play in the environmental movement…
Women of color have always played an important role in advocating for our communities. Today it’s more important than ever that we raise our voices for those who have been left behind, particularly in underserved communities. We are sending a powerful message to our elected officials: we are watching and we’ll work with you – but you also must be willing to listen and act.
This campaign is sponsored by the Clean Water for All Campaign.