Patterson to speak at Indiana NAACP State Convention

| September 18, 2013

Courtesy of Denise Abdul-Rahman
Indiana State Conference Environmental Climate Justice Chair

INDIANAPOLIS—Jacqueline Patterson, director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program, is scheduled to speak at the 2013 Indiana NAACP State Convention Mini-Summit Bridging the Gap: Connecting Black Communities in the Green Economy, Oct. 24, at the Indianapolis Sheraton Hotel at Keystone At The Crossing, 8787 Keystone at The Crossing, Indianapolis.

Since 2007, Patterson has served as coordinator and co-founder of Women of Color United. Recently a global women’s rights consultant, Jacqui Patterson has worked as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate and activist working on women‘s rights, violence against women, HIV&AIDS, racial justice, economic justice and environmental and climate justice. Patterson served as a senior women’s rights policy analyst for ActionAid where she integrated a women’s rights lens for the issues of food rights, macroeconomics, and climate change as well as the intersection of violence against women and HIV&AIDS. Previously, she served as Assistant Vice-President of HIV/AIDS Programs for IMA World Health providing management and technical assistance to medical facilities and programs in 23 countries in Africa and the Caribbean. Patterson served as the Outreach Project Associate for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Research Coordinator for Johns Hopkins University. She was also a U.S. Peace Corps Jamaica volunteer. Patterson’s publications/articles include: ”Jobs vs Health: An Unnecessary Dilemma,” “Climate Change is a Civil Rights Issue,” “Gulf Oil Drilling Disaster: Gendered Layers of Impact,” “Disasters, Climate Change Uproot Women of Color” and an upcoming book chapter, “Equity in Disasters: Civil and Human Rights Challenges in the Context of Emergency Events” in the book “Building Community Resilience Post-Disaster.”

Patterson holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University. She currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Congressional Black Caucus Fellows Alumni Network, The Coordination Team of the Gender Justice Working Group of the US Social Forum, the Advisory Committee for The Grandmothers’ Project, the Steering Committee of interfaith Moral Action on Climate Change, as well as, serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute of the Black World and US Climate Action Network.

For more information, contact Denise Abdul-Rahman at

EDITOR’S NOTE: This Jacqueline Patterson is not former Fort Wayne Urban League employee, aunt of Frost Illustrated employee Michael Patterson. 


This article originally appeared in the Sept. 18 print edition.

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