Denise Abdul-Rahman


Alignment Initiatives Co-Manager

Denise Abdul-Rahman is the Alignment Initiatives Co-Manager for The Chisholm Legacy Project.

She holds a BS in management, MBA in healthcare management, and a health informatics designation from Indiana University School of Informatics, an Environmental Leadership Program Senior Fellow and a Black Women, Foreign War, Veteran of Operation Desert Storm.

Abdul-Rahman leads the support for building equitable clean energy projects; models for PowerUp Clean Energy Jobs to infuse the Black Green Pipeline initiative, Just Transportation and Equitable Goods Movement, and equitable clean energy policy and practices that is ramping up minority and women business enterprises, fair chances, and geographic imperatives.

Among her body of work, accomplishments are the successful launch of the PowerUp initiative in Evansville, Indiana as published and distributed to 750,000 members of IBEW and the successful organizing of an “Our Youth Scientists” and “Our Community Scientists” initiative deployed in East Chicago Indiana. A City with 3 zones declared as a superfund site by the US EPA, with over 91,000 parts per a billion of lead.
Abdul-Rahman’s most recent honors and recognition are Community Service Award 2021, NAACP Medgar Evers Nominee 2021, Vote Solar Dr. Espanola Jackson Award 2020, Faith-Based Rev. Mozel Sanders Drum Major for Humanities Award 2020, Indiana University Robert McKinney School of Law Environmental Protector Award 2019, NAACP Indiana Hazel B. Hunter Award 2019 and the NAACP Indiana President’s Award 2020.

She has had the privilege to speak and work with various organizations and academic institutions, such as DePauw University, IU McKinney School of Law, IUPUI School of Sociology, Purdue University, Indiana State University, IU-Bloomington, Butler University, Emory University, Wayne State-Law School, provided Keynote address for the University of Chicago at Illinois (Freshwater Lab Summit), AALS Clinical Education Conference, Global Citizen Year at Stanford University, Duke University, UC Davis, University Miami, Yale University and IUPUI Richard Lugar Renewable Energy Center to name a few.

Abdul-Rahman serves the Environmental Resilience Institute Advisory Board, is the Vice President of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association Board, and serves the United States Speakers Bureau. She has served in many other capacities, former Vice-Chair of the City of Indianapolis Air Pollution Control Board, as well as a Delegate to Glasgow COP 26, Paris COP 21, and Global Climate Action Summit.