Jacqueline Patterson is the Senior Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Since 2007 Patterson has served as coordinator & co-founder of Women of Color United. Jacqui Patterson has worked as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate and activist working on women’s rights, violence against women, racial justice, economic justice, and environmental and climate justice. Patterson’s publications/articles include: “Equity in Resilience Building for Climate Adaptation: An Indicators Document” ”Jobs vs Health: An Unnecessary Dilemma”, “Climate Change is a Civil Rights Issue”, “Disasters, Climate Change Uproot Women of Color”. 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, among others, on the Steering Committee for Interfaith Moral Action on Climate and the Boards of Directors for the Institute of the Black World.