Cecil Corbin-Mark, a well-known and highly-respected leader in the environmental justice movement, passed away on October 15, 2020 at the age of 51. He served as the Deputy Director and Director of Policy Initiatives at WE ACT for Environmental Justice, a membership-based nonprofit he joined as the volunteer group hired him as its first paid staff member in 1994.
WE ACT has been overwhelmed by the condolences expressed by community members and partners, as well as the many, many donations made in recent days in memory of Cecil. We are making plans now to create lasting ways to memorialize Cecil. These will very likely include the establishment of an environmental justice professional development fellowship, that can help ensure that young people of color have access to funded opportunities for experience in environmental justice policy advocacy.