Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director, Georgetown Climate Center
Jacqui Patterson, Director, NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program
Steven Olikara, Co-Founder and President, Millennial Action Project
Andy MacCracken, President, National Campus Leadership Council
Moderator: Rebecca Leber, Staff Writer, The New Republic
Vicki Arroyo is the Executive Director of the Georgetown Climate Center at Georgetown Law where she also serves as the Assistant Dean of Centers and Institutes and is a Professor from Practice. She served as the Director of the Environmental Law Program from July 2013-2015.
She oversees the Center’s work at the nexus of climate and energy policy, supervising staff and student work on climate mitigation and adaptation at the state and federal level. She teaches “experiential” environmental law courses to both law and public policy students.
Andy MacCracken is executive director and cofounder of the National Campus Leadership Council, a nonprofit that empowers student body leaders at more than 500 colleges to engage in the public discourse. NCLC elevates students perspectives, shares best practices, and provides technical assistance to students and policymakers to address key issues including college affordability, environmental sustainability, mental health, and sexual assault. Andy and NCLC helped launch two White House initiatives in 2014, introducing President Obama at a college affordability event and speaking at the 'It’s On Us' sexual assault prevention campaign announcement.
Steven Olikara is the Founding President of Millennial Action Project (MAP), a national, nonpartisan organization dedicated to activating young policymakers to renew American governance. In this role, he organized the nation’s first and only bipartisan caucus for young members of Congress, the Congressional Future Caucus. Steven’s leadership of this movement at the national and state levels has led to landmark achievements on entrepreneurship, social impact investing, the environment, and other key issues affecting millennials in America. Steven also serves as Senior Adviser to multi-platinum recording artist Akon's Lighting Africa, an initiative to electrify over one million homes in Africa with solar power.
Jacqui Patterson is the Director of the Environmental and Climate Justice Program at the NAACP. She was born and raised on the south side of Chicago to a Jamaican immigrant father and an African American mother from Mississippi. She attended Boston University where she gained a Bachelors in Special Education while working in the Boston shelter system and participating in the “Housing Now” movement. During her 3.5 year term as a volunteer with the US Peace Corps in Jamaica she worked with the Community Environmental Resource Center which began due to the contamination of the Harbour View community water supply by the neighboring Shell Company plant.