April 27, 2019

8:30 am to 5:00 pm

614 N. 3rd Street 
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Green New Deal Virginia is an opportunity to tackle the twin crises of inequity and climate change at the speed and scale that justice and science demand.


We’ve been working for months with a wide array of allies to build out a Green New Deal Virginia vision and strategy.  With the Summit now offering another boost of momentum for a GNDVA, we’re excited to ramp up this work with allies; frontline communities; labor and climate justice advocates and elected officials.  It’ll take all of us to lay the groundwork now so that a Green New Deal Virginia can become a reality.

Keynote Speaker Mustafa Santiago Ali

Mustafa Santiago Ali is a National Speaker, Trainer and Facilitator on environmental and social justice issues focused on revitalizing our most vulnerable communities. Mustafa recently left the Hip Hop Caucus to join the National Wildlife Federation as its Vice President for Environmental Justice, Climate and Community Revitalization. Previously, he spent 24 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he was a founding member of the Office of Environmental Justice,  served as Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice and Senior Adviser for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization, and led the Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice (EJIWG), that included 17 federal agencies and the White House.



Green New Deal Virginia cannot be a single law, but rather a suite of economic policies to deliver better job opportunities, address climate pollution,  and promote justice and equity, cleaner air and water, and more resilient communities. Our speakers come from various backgrounds and are experts in their fields. They will provide context and help guide us through the process of creating the planks of Green New Deal Virginia
Todd Waldo

Todd is an engineer, artist, and community advocate and is the Principal Consultant for Hugh Helen LLC. Todd serves on the Board of Directors for Better Housing Coalition, the President of the Board of the Robinson Theater Community Arts Center, and also serves on the VCU School of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board.

Brennan Gilmore

Brennan is Executive Director of Clean Virginia and from Lexington, Va. Following fifteen years in the U.S. Foreign Service focused on human rights, humanitarian affairs and conflict resolution in Africa and the Middle East, he served as Chief of Staff to former Congressman and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Tom Perriello.

Richard W. Walker

Founder and CEO of Bridging the Gap in Virginia. Richard was selected  to serve on the Stakeholders Group for Restoration of Rights by 3 Governors; Gov. McDonnell, Gov. McAuliffe & Gov Northam, and is a 

Federal Bureau of Prisons Certified Offender Workforce Development Specialist

Leonard Githinji, Ph.D.

Leonard is a Sustainabily and Urban Agriculture Specialist and an Assistant Professor at Virginia State University. His work has been published broadly, including the Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development

Garry Harris

Garry is President at HTSEnterprise (Institute for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy) Managing Director at Center for Sustainable Communities - Atlanta and 

President/CEO/Founder at Sustainability Solutions Group

Anthony Flaccavento

Anthony owns a consulting business, SCALE, Inc Sequestering Carbon, Ac-celerating Local Economies. Anthony is the author of Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up: Harnessing Real World Experience for Transformative Change as well as scores of articles, op-eds and other publications. He was the Ninth District Democratic Candidate for Congress in 2018

Karen Campblin

Karen is the Environment and Climate Justice Chair for the Virginia State Conference NAACP and the Co-chair for the Green New Deal VA. Karen provides resources and support to local communities to address environmental injustices, promote efforts to improve quality of life and health, and advocate for transformative policy and program changes. 

Beth Roach

Beth is currently the Richmond Organizer for Mother's Out Front. She has lead programs for Virginia State Parks and James River Association,  An enrolled member and Tribal Councilwoman for the Nottoway Indian Tribe of VA, Beth actively leads environmental and storytelling programs, and has recently served as Vice-Chair for the Governor’s Advisory Council on Environmental Justice.

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Greg Akerman

Greg is a graduate of William & Mary and is the Policy Director for Keystone Mountain Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters.