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Alexa White

AFFILIATION: Aya Research Institute, Inc.

TITLE: Executive Director

LOCATION: Michigan

LANGUAGE: English, Spanish

EXPERTISE AREA: Agriculture Policy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice, Food justice, Just Transition, Sustainability, Youth


Alexa White is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan. As a biologist and agroecologist, her research focuses on biophysical indicators of sustainable agriculture and international climate governance in relation to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. In 2023, she earned the University of Michigan’s Women in Science and Engineering Claudia Joan Alexander Trailblazer Award for her environmental justice work, which included co-founding the AYA Research Institute think tank. Alexa is a Harvard Climate Justice Design Fellow, where she is engineering environmental justice screening and mapping tools for state and local governments in the Mid-Atlantic United States. She is also a Policy Entrepreneurship Fellow at the Federation of American Scientists, where she works with the White House Council for Environmental Quality on environmental justice and sustainable development issues surrounding Justice 40. Alexa was bestowed the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Conservation Leadership Award in 2020 for her research on food sovereignty, food justice, and her important discoveries. Finally, as a 2022 Columbia Mailman School of Public Health Agents of Change in Environmental Justice Fellow, she is a storyteller who writes about all of these experiences.


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