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Kresge grantees named to “Grist 50” list as emerging leaders in climate, sustainability and equity


Mark your calendar! Grist is taking over Kresge’s social media channels on Tuesday, March 30. Engage in the conversation on Twitter (@kresgefdn) and Instagram (thekresgefoundation) using hashtags #TakeOverTuesday and #KresgeTakeover.

The “Grist 50,” a much-anticipated annual list of emerging leaders from across the U.S. who are working to achieve climate justice, was released on March 23. The lists highlights 50 changemakers, including 10 Kresge grantee partners supported through our Environment, Health, Arts & Culture and Racial Justice programs.

Currently in its sixth year, the 2021 Grist 50 roundup includes scientists, artists, policymakers, farmers, social-justice advocates, storytellers, entrepreneurs, technologists, chefs, clean-energy wonks — all dedicated to pointing the way toward a just, sustainable future.

Grist is a nonprofit, independent media organization dedicated to telling stories of climate solutions. After receiving more than 1,000 nominations, the final Grist 50 list includes emerging leaders in climate, sustainability and equity who are creating change across the nation. These forward-looking climate justice advocates join a growing community of leaders Grist has identified as Fixers. The FIX Program brings members of the Fixer network together to learn from one another, build new partnerships and develop solutions through storytelling and live events.

Congratulations to our Kresge grantees, both current and previous partners, who were selected for the Grist 50!

  1. Melanie Allen, Co-Director, The Hive Fund
  2. Gaurab Basu, Primary Care Physician & Instructor at Harvard Medical School, Co-Director of the Center for Health Equity Education and Advocacy at Cambridge Health Alliance (former grantee)
  3. Jade Begay, Climate Justice Director, NDN Collective
  4. Chandra Farley, Just Energy Director, Partnership for Southern Equity
  5. Cristina Garcia, Assistant Director, Building Electrification Initiative
  6. Valencia Gunder, National Organizing Lead, M4BL (Movement for Black Lives), Red Black & Green New Deal
  7. Yeou-Rong Jih, Director of Urban Initiatives, Greenlink Analytics
  8. Nyiesha Mallett, Youth Justice Organizer, UPROSE
  9. Amee Raval, Research Director, APEN (former grantee)
  10. Benny Starr, Hip-Hop Artist, US Water Alliance Artist in Residence

Learn more about the Grist 50 program.

Watch: Grist partners with The Weather Channel to reveal the 2021 Grist 50 Fixers.