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Johanna Bozuwa

Executive Director

Johanna (she/her) is the Executive Director at the Climate and Community Project. She directs the network of researchers and experts to develop crucial and justice-based climate policy. Her research focuses on extraction and fossil fuels, energy justice and democracy, and the political economy of transitions. Prior to joining the Climate and Community Project, Johanna managed the Climate and Energy Program at the Democracy Collaborative, a think tank focused on designing a more democratic economy. Johanna cut her teeth organizing in the Netherlands against fossil fuel infrastructure, influence, and finance, particularly against Royal Dutch Shell. Her work has been published and cited in outlets such as the Nation, the Guardian, Huffington Post, and the Hill.


Patrick Bigger

Research Director

Patrick (he/him) is the Research Director at the Climate and Community Project (CCP). Prior to joining CCP he was a Lecturer in Economic Geography at Lancaster University in the UK and holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Kentucky. His scholarly research focused on the creation and regulation of new financial mechanisms by governments, financiers, and NGOs that try to reconcile capitalism’s environmental and economic contradictions. He has written extensively on these issues in academic journals including Science; Nature: Ecology and Evolution; and Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, as well as other outlets including The Nation and The Conversation. At CCP his research focuses domestically on Green Industrial Policy, and globally on fiscal justice and reparations for climate action.   

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Batul Hassan

Policy Manager

Batul Hassan  (she/her) is the Policy Manager at the Climate and Community Project (CCP), where she works closely with member scholars and movement allies to research, manage, and execute projects that build the case for transformative, racially-just climate policy. Before joining CCP, she worked in New York City Health and Hospital's COVID-19 response as a community engagement specialist. Previously, Batul worked for Planned Parenthood's national office and for Save the Children Northwest Balkans in its European refugee response. She was also formerly active in SWC-UAW Local 2110 and in DC 37 Local 768. Batul lives in New York City and holds a master's degree from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.


Daniel Aldana Cohen

Founding Co-Director

Daniel (he/him) is the Founding Co-Director of the Climate and Community Project, where he advises the strategic direction of the project. He is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is Director of the Socio-Spatial Climate Collaborative, or (SC)2, and serves as a faculty affiliate in the graduate program on Political Economy. Daniel works on the intersections of the climate emergency, housing, political economy, social movements, and inequalities of race and class in the United States and Brazil.  Cohen has been cited for his research and public engagement in The Washington Post, Bloomberg, Vox, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Huffington Post, Energy & Environment News, Gizmodo, and elsewhere. 


Billy Fleming

Founding Co-Director

Billy (he/him) is the Founding Co-Director of the Climate and Community Project, where he advises the strategic direction of the project. He is the Wilks Family Director of the Ian L. McHarg Center in the Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania and currently Diana Balmori Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture. Prior to joining Penn, he worked as a landscape architect, city planner, organizer, and, later, in the Obama Administration’s White House Domestic Policy Council. His writing on climate, disaster, and design has also been published in The Guardian, The Atlantic, CityLab, Dissent Magazine, Houston Chronicle, Jacobin, Places Journal, and Science for the People Magazine.

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