Colette Pichon Battle is a generational native of Bayou Liberty, Louisiana. As founder and Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy (GCCLP), she develops programming focused on Equitable Disaster Recovery, Global Migration, Community Economic Development, Climate Justice, and Energy Democracy. Pichon Battle works with local communities, national funders, and elected officials in the post-Katrina/post-BP disaster recovery. She was a lead coordinator for Gulf South Rising 2015, a regional initiative around climate justice and just transition in the South. In addition to developing advocacy initiatives that intersect with race, systems of power, and ecology, Pichon Battle manages GCCLP’s legal services in immigration and disaster law. In 2019, Pichon Battle was named an Obama Fellow for her work with Black and Native communities on the frontline of climate change. In 2018 she was awarded with an Honorary Doctorate from Kenyon College; in 2016 she was named a White House Champion of Change for Climate Equity; and in 2015 she was selected as an Echoing Green Climate Fellow. Under Pichon Battle’s leadership, the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy co-chairs the national Water Equity and Climate Resilient Caucus with PolicyLink and anchors the five-state, multi issue initiative, Gulf South for a Green New Deal.
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