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Wawa Gatheru

Wawa Gatheru

Founder + Executive Director, Black Girl Environmentalist

Wawa Gatheru is the founder and Executive Director of Black Girl Environmentalist, an organization dedicated to empowering Black girls, women, and non-binary people across the climate movement. Under her leadership, BGE has grown as a trusted, national organization that has worked with 59 corporate and non-profit partners and hosted 40 events across 10 HUB cities – in less than a year. In 2023 alone, BGE has been recognized in Vogue, the New York Times, NPR, Forbes, Essence, Teen Vogue, Axios, and more.Wawa has earned a BA in Environmental Studies and a Master’s in Environmental Governance at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. She sits on boards and advisory councils for EarthJustice, Climate Power, the Environmental Media Association, the National Parks Conservation Association, Sound Future, and Good Energy. Wawa has been recognized as a 776 Fellow under Alexis Ohanian, a Glamour College Woman of the Year, a Grist 50 Fixer, a Young Futurist by The Root, a Gucci Changemaker, named a Climate Creator to Watch by Pique Action and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and was featured on the January 2023 cover of Vogue alongside Billie Eilish.

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