Aissa Dearing-Benton

Volt Environmental Justice Fellow

As the Environmental Justice Fellow for Volt Energy Utility, Aissa supported program development and coordination for environmental justice initiatives. Aissa also provided guidance on community outreach and strategic communication in support of Volt’s environmental justice practice.  A Howard University graduate and Durham, NC native, Aissa was awarded a Marshall Scholarship to pursue her graduate degree in Environmental Change and Management at Oxford University in the UK. In Durham, she co-founded the Durham Youth Climate Justice Initiative (@drmyouthclimate), which seeks to set an intentional space for young people of color interested in climate advocacy work. She was appointed by the Durham City Council as the youngest-ever (at 18) Durham City-County Environmental Affairs Board Member. Aissa worked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, for local election campaigns, and at various non-profits. She has studied the intersections of health, racial equity, and environmental justice. While attending Howard, she served as the president for the HU Climate Change Club, the Director of Sustainability for the Howard University Student Association, a Teaching Assistant for the Environmental Studies Department, and as a fellow of the Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship in Public Affairs.

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