Huda Alkaff: RECIPIENT OF THE THIRD ANNUAL CATALYST AWARD

WASHINGTON, DC—Rachel’s Network announced the awardees and finalists of its third annual Catalyst Award. The award honors women leaders of color for their commitment to a healthy planet, and provides them with a cash prize, networking opportunities, and national recognition for their work. Congratulations to Huda Alkaff, Wisconsin Green Muslims, Milwaukee, WI

Huda is an ecologist, environmental educator, and the founder and director of Wisconsin Green Muslims, a grassroots group she started in 2005 to connect faith, environmental justice, and sustainability through education and service. Find Huda on Twitter.

“We have been honored to get know women at the forefront of the environmental movement through the Catalyst Award,” said Rachel’s Network President Fern Shepard. “This year’s awardees and finalists demonstrate that women of color are catalyzing change across our field, from environmental justice and energy equity to marine science and health. Their leadership is transforming our world for the better.”

*Wisconsin Green Muslims
Contact: Huda Alkaff
Address: 1836 W. Fond Du Lac Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53205
E-Mail: info@WisconsinGreenMuslims.org 
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The six awardees (in alphabetical order) are:

Huda Alkaff, Wisconsin Green Muslims, Milwaukee, WI
Huda is an ecologist, environmental educator, and the founder and director of Wisconsin Green Muslims, a grassroots group she started in 2005 to connect faith, environmental justice, and sustainability through education and service. Find Huda on Twitter.

Dr. Na’Taki Osborne Jelks, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, Atlanta, GA
Na’Taki is an assistant professor in the Environmental and Health Sciences Program at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, and co-founder of the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, a community-based environmental justice organization that works to grow a healthier and more sustainable West Atlanta. Find Na’Taki on Twitter.

Dr. Virginia Necochea, New Mexico Environmental Law Center, Albuquerque, NM
Virginia is a mother, writer, and community advocate. She is the executive director of and the first woman of color to lead the New Mexico Environmental Law Center which protects New Mexico’s communities and their fundamental human rights to clean air, land and water in the fight for environmental justice. The foundation and drive for Virginia’s work is rooted in ceremony, her Mexican Indigenous roots, the love for community, and motherhood. Find Virginia on LinkedIn.

Daphany Sanchez, Kinetic Communities, Brooklyn, NY
Daphany is a New York native and passionate energy equity advocate. She founded Kinetic Communities in 2017 after seeing the representation gap in the energy sector. Her organization ensures frontline communities and people of color are a priority in a just clean energy transition. Find Daphany on LinkedIn.

Dr. Nikki Traylor-Knowles, Black Women in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Science, Miami, FL
Nikki is an assistant professor in Marine Biology and Ecology at University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. She is also the founder and director of Black Women in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Science, a nonprofit that helps combat the isolation and abuse in STEM against Black women. Find Nikki on Twitter.

Vi Pangunnaaq Waghiyi, Alaska Community Action on Toxics, Anchorage, AK
Vi is a Sivuqaq Yupik Grandmother, Native Village of Savoonga Tribal Citizen. Since 2002, she has worked with Alaska Community Action on Toxics and serves as its environmental health and justice program director. She was appointed by President Biden to the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC) in April 2021. Find Vi on Twitter.

The four finalists are:

Crystal Huang, People Power Solar Cooperative, Oakland, CA
Amee Raval, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Oakland CA
Dr. Katia Avilés Vázquez, Instituto para la Agroecología, San Juan PR
Atiya Wells, Backyard Basecamp, Baltimore, MD

Help us spread the word about these women by sharing our posts on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn. If you’d like to contribute to the Catalyst Award to support women environmental leaders of color, click here. And stay tuned for the opening of the next application cycle in early 2022!

Dec 2, 2021 | CatalystCo-FundingNews

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