Application Deadline 1385 days 8 hours 35 minutes
2020 Judge

Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali

Vice President Environmental Justice, Climate & Community Revitalization National Wildlife Federation

Dr . Mustafa Santiago Ali is the Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate & Community Revitalization for the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and the Founder and CEO of Revitalization Strategies. Before joining the NWF, Mustafa was the Senior Vice President for the Hip Hop Caucus (HHC), a national nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that connects the Hip Hop community to the civic process.  As HHC Senior Vice President, he led the strategic direction, expansion, and operation of the HHC’s portfolio on Climate, Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization.

Prior to joining the HHC, Mustafa worked 24 years at the EPA. He began working on Social Justice issues at 16 and joined the EPA as a student, becoming a founding member of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ). He most recently served as Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator. Mustafa worked for EPA Administrators beginning with William Riley and ending with Scott Pruitt.

Frequently seen on TV, including MSNBC, CNN, VICE, BET, Samantha Bee and Democracy NOW.

Featured and/or cited in over 250 news publications to date, including GQ, New Republic, Ebony, Bustle, The Guardian, The Root, Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post.

Guest lecturer at over 100 colleges and universities, including Howard, Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, Duke, George Washington, Georgetown, and Spelman; and former instructor at West Virginia University and Stanford University.

Mustafa currently serves a board member on Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Union of Concerned Scientists, TREE, and Climate Hawks Vote. Current co-host of the live radio show and podcast, Think 100% “The Coolest Show On Climate Change.”


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