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Isabel Avina

Youth Leadership Development Program Manager

Isabel Avina is a climate justice organizer and educator whose goal is to support deep connection to the Earth amongst students in urban environments, build coalitions to strengthen people-powered movements, and support youth leadership in the climate space. Isabel began working with Solar One in 2019 as an Environmental Educator, then in 2021 as a Curriculum Developer, and joined the team full-time in 2022 as Education Program Associate. Apart from their work with Solar One, Isabel served as a consultant for many years, designing and piloting climate education curricula, advocating for climate justice policy, and facilitating multi-stakeholder education programs and meetings with the goal of amplifying a justice-centered response to the climate crisis. Past collaborators include organizations like GrowNYC, the National Wildlife Federation, the Climate and Resilience Education Task Force, Start: Empowerment, and NYC’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Isabel is currently working on a book in collaboration with Tom Roderick titled Teaching for Climate Justice: A Vision for Transforming Education for Harvard Education Press. Isabel received their Master’s degree in Environmental Ethics from New York University and their Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from New York University.