Cynthia Herrera

As Climate Programs and City Policy Manager, Cynthia is tasked with advancing climate resilience initiatives and policy goals that align with WE ACT’s Northern Manhattan Climate Action (NMCA) Plan and Agenda. She manages a multi-faceted Climate Justice Project that includes energy democracy i.e. affordable rooftop solar for co-op low-moderate income homeowners with local good jobs component along with a peer-to-peer emergency preparedness communication network-strengthening social cohesion in northern Manhattan. Her work centers around increasing community participation, within and outside of government while building neighborhood capacity in response to climate change and its impacts on human health. Prior to working at WE ACT, Cynthia served as a NASA Climate Change Research Fellow, testing green technology to enhance understanding of urban climate pressures, exposure pathways, and health outcomes. Cynthia served as a Peace Corps Volunteer advancing the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas through the building of energy efficiency ovens, addressing sustainable forests, efficient use of fossil fuels and associated respiratory illness. She holds an M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a certificate in Climate and Health from the Yale School of Public Health.

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