Meet the GCCLP Krewe

Colette Pichon Battle, Esq., Executive Director

Colette is a generational native of Bayou Liberty, Louisiana.  As founder and Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy, she develops programming focused on Equitable Disaster Recovery, Global Migration, Community Economic Development, Climate Justice and Energy Democracy.  Colette works with local communities, national funders and elected officials in the post-Katrina/post-BP disaster recovery. She was a lead coordinator for Gulf South Rising 2015- a regional initiative around climate justice and just transition in the South. In addition to developing advocacy initiatives that intersect with race, systems of power and ecology, Colette manages GCCLP’s legal services in immigration and disaster law. In 2019, Colette was named an Obama Fellow for her work with Black and Native communities on the frontline of climate change. In 2018 Colette was awarded with an Honorary Doctorate from Kenyon College; in 2016 Colette was named a White House Champion of Change for Climate Equity; and in 2015 she was selected as an Echoing Green Climate Fellow. Under Colette's leadership, the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy co-chairs the national Water Equity and Climate Resilient Caucus with PolicyLink and anchors the five-state, multi issue initiative - Gulf South for a Green New Deal.; Twitter: @cpichonbattle

Emma Collin, Director of Programs

Emma came to GCCLP as a student organizer in the Climate Justice movement in 2014, and now serves as our Director of Programs. Emma supports the success of all GCCLP programming and movement-building work. She is part of GCCLP's training and organizing team, and supports frontline leadership and campaigns that advance ecological equity in the Gulf South. Emma earned her bachelor of science degree in environmental biology and ecology at Tulane University in New Orleans, and is passionate about decolonizing science and structural changes that return the right of self-determination to community. She is deeply involved in GCCLP’s work around land, labor, and just transition - and serves as the coordinator of Gulf South for a Green New Deal, a 5-state formation that advances ongoing work in our region towards climate, racial, and economic justice. Emma also represents GCCLP in national coalitions and international spaces, including at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties.; Twitter: @GCCLPEmma

Troy Robertson, Regional Organizer

As a New Orleans native, Troy has witnessed how decades of unaccountable extraction harms people in communities and damages entire ecosystems along the Gulf Coast. Troy received his bachelor's degree in Political Studies. His senior thesis, entitled, Recovery: Misplace, Displace, and Replaced illuminates how political language was used to disguise an inequitable recovery in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. He has been a Gulf South Rising activist, Community Outreach Specialist for, and a SustainUS delegate. Troy is a member of GCCLP's training team. He also represents GCCLP in regional and international spaces. Troy is dedicated to fighting for a world in which dignity, self-determination, and access to a sustainable economy become a reality for communities in the Gulf South and beyond. Troy is planning to attend law school in the near future.; Twitter: @GCCLPRobertson

Matthew Kennedy, Regional Organizer

Matthew Kennedy was raised in Central Texas and North Georgia. He earned an interdisciplinary B.A. in Human Ecology at College of the Atlantic (COA), where he studied global climate politics, environmental policy, and food systems. While at COA, he was an active member in Earth in Brackets, a student climate justice organization that does equity-driven advocacy in international negotiating spaces like the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. He represents GCCLP in Texas and Florida and anchors GCCLP's program in Land, Labor, and Just Transition.; Twitter: @GCCLPMatthew

Jennifer Crosslin, Regional Organizer

Jennifer is a native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where she has been organizing for the last six years on issues related to economic justice, environmental and climate justice, and reproductive health and rights. Jennifer has recently completed her second master’s from Prescott University in Social Justice and Organizing. She received a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and bachelor’s degree from the University of South Alabama in both Political Science and Philosophy. Jennifer was selected as one of the delegates to COP 21 as part of our 2015 Gulf South Rising initiative and currently serves on our team as an organizing and research consultant supporting our regional work around climate justice and the Green New Deal.; Twitter: @GCCLPJennifer

Bette Billiot, Senior Project Manager

Bette is a native of Dulac, LA and now resides in Houma, LA, located in Lower Terrebonne Parish. She has hosted multiple youth camps focused on tribal and environmental education. The camps exposed native youth to the effects of coastal erosion and other natural and man made disasters that are impacting their coastal communities. In 2015, she was a facilitator for the 2015 Gulf South Rising Initiative, which focused on significant commemorations, anniversaries, and historical turning points in the South. After successfully completing the first Lead the Coast cohort as a participant in 2016, she was then asked to participate in redeveloping and structure of the program in 2018. She then became a co-facilitator for the Terrebonne/ Lafourche 2019 Lead the Coast Cohort.; Twitter: @GCCLPBette

Eric Harrison, Senior Climate Fellow

Eric is a native of Louisiana and serves as the Sustainable Living Projects Manager in addition to being a lead member of our training and organizing team. Eric supports frontline communities in South Louisiana to become more self-sufficient by managing community-owned projects that build sustainable processes and products. Eric works to build more sustainable communities through collective work and cooperative enterprises like the Sustainable H20 Project birthed during the 2015 Gulf South Rising Initiative. Eric represents GCCLP on the Climate Justice Alliance, the Black Land and Liberation Initiative and the New Orleans Palestinian Solidarity Committee.

Emilia Aguinaga, Advisor

After serving as a core member of GCCLP's team for years, Emilia is presently serving as an advisor for our work. A native of Ecuador, Emilia earned her Bachelor of Science from Tulane University and her Master of Science in Public Health from Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans.  She supports community participatory research projects on the impacts of extractive industries on frontline communities. She is a teacher and student of hatha yoga, and passionate about Climate Justice. She uses intersectional approaches to solution-building and represents GCCLP in the Louisiana Language Access Coalition, the Louisiana Energy Democracy Coalition and the national Building Equity and Alignment for Impact Initiative.

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