Jacqueline Patterson serves as director of the NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program (ECJ Program). The ECJ Program works to “provide resources and support community leadership in addressing this human and civil rights issue by advocating for” reducing harmful emissions, particularly greenhouse gas emissions, advancing energy efficiency and clean energy, and strengthening community resilience and livability. Over her career, Patterson has worked in a variety of roles – from researcher to activist – in a variety of subject areas – from women’s rights to HIV/AIDS to racial justice to environmental justice and beyond. She has authored several papers and a book chapter covering these topics and more. 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.