Cultural Development & Outreach Specialist
Elsa Mengistu is a climate justice advocate, international speaker, consultant, and student whose work focuses on youth empowerment and intersectionality. She is the former director of operations and logistics at Zero Hour, a grassroots climate organization intent on gaining support for the Youth Climate Movement. She is a sophomore at Howard University and native of Ethiopia. Through local organizations and school clubs, she has advocated for changes on various issues, including electoral politics, racial justice, LGBTQ+ equality, and women’s rights. She has also worked on gun violence prevention as one of the lead youth organizers for her local March For Our Lives chapter. In her role with Zero Hour, she advocated for climate justice through the organization of the Global Youth Climate March, Summit, and through various campaigns. Mengistu also serves on the Youth Advisory Board for Young Voices for the Planet, an organization that highlights youth from across the world through documentaries. In 2019, she was named one of Grist’s 50 Fixers, a group of up-and-coming individuals working on innovative solutions to fix the biggest challenges that face our globe. Currently, Elsa is serving on the Steering Committee for Power Shift 2020, planning a 4,000 person convening to mobilize for climate action in 2021. Elsa’s work for the majority of 2020 is focused on expanding industries and movement spaces to make space for underrepresented voices and perspectives.