About Us

Our Mission

The mission of The Chisholm Legacy Project is rooted in a Just Transition Framework. The project serves as a vehicle to connect Black communities on the frontlines of climate justice with resources to traverse the path from vision to strategy to action plan to implementation to transformation. In support of frontline leadership, the project seeks to link movements and mainstream entities with the tools necessary to advance systems change centered in equity and justice. With Black women on the frontlines of advancing systems change, this project ensures that these leaders have the support they need as they transform society from extractivism to a living economy that cares for sacred relationships between people and with Mother Earth, through regenerative, cooperative, democratic systems.

Our Team

In alphabetical order by last name

Karen Abrams

Deputy Director, Programs

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Kelly Baker

Popular Education Associate

Alexandria E. Blakney

Accounts Payable Specialist

Teresa Brown

IT Administrative Director

Dr. Bernice V. Campbell

Chief Impact Officer

Classie Colinet

Deputy Executive Director

Sherrell Cuthbertson

Executive Administrative Manager to the Chief Program Officer

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Anastasia Douglas

Narrative Strategy Director

Ruby Ervin

Executive Administrative Manager

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Deputy Director of Organizational Culture

Raquel Greene

Executive Administrative Manager

Dawnyell Harris

Senior Project Manager

Jameka Hodnett

Chief Programs Officer

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Jonathan Holmes

Chief Strategy Officer

DeVante Hudson

Chief Organizing Officer

Kyshon Jackson

Operations Specialist

Josie Karout

Executive Project Manager

Cheryl Kwapong

Executive Project Manager

Edith Lopez

Executive Administrative Manager

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Princess Moore

Executive Administrative Manager

Jacqueline Patterson

Founder & Executive Director

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Natalie Rivas

Research and Policy Manager

LaShawn Roberson

Director of Programs

Jylisa Scruggs

Chief People Success Officer

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Lynda Seward

Chief Operating Officer

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Tiffany Slater

Chief Financial Officer

Board of Directors

In alphabetical order by last name

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Mariah Barber

Treasurer, Board of Directors

Tonnette Byrd

Member, Board of Directors

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Katherine T. Egland

Chair, Board of Directors

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Denise Fairchild

Member, Board of Directors

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Adrienne L. Hollis, PhD, JD

Vice Chair, Board of Directors

Our Inspiration

Our work is inspired by the life and legacy of Shirley Chisholm


Born in Brooklyn, NY

Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm was born to immigrant parents in Brooklyn, NY on November 30, 1924. Her father, Charles St. Hill, was a factory worker from Guyana, and her mother Ruby Seale St. Hill, was a seamstress from Barbados. Shirley was the oldest of four daughters.



A strong education

Chisholm graduated from Brooklyn Girls' High in 1942 and from Brooklyn College cum laude in 1946. She won prizes on the debate team. Although professors encouraged her to consider a political career, she replied that she faced a "double handicap" as both Black and female.



A career in early childhood education

After working as a nursery school teacher, Chisholm earned a master's degree from Columbia University in early childhood education in 1951. By 1960, she was a consultant to the New York City Division of Day Care.



Elected to Congress

Chisholm was the first African-American woman in Congress. 



Presidential Candidacy

Chisholm was the first woman and African-American to seek the nomination for president of the United States from one of the two major political parties.