Founder and Executive Director
Pooja is an Indian-American climate justice advocate, opportunity curator, and youth engagement expert with 5 years of experience in the global climate movement. She has degrees in Economics and International Studies with a focus on Justice, Ethics, and Human Rights from American University/ London School of Economics. Since 2020, she has served as the Founder and Executive Director of Youth Climate Collaborative (YCC) which focuses on collaboration to advance the SDGs, climate mental health, intergenerational and participatory decision-making, trust-based philanthropy, climate comedy, storytelling on alternative futures, climate creatives, and policy literacy for UNFCCC processes.
She also serves as an advisor to Rivet, which is creating the world's largest microgrant fund for youth-led action by harnessing youth purchasing power through brand/company partnerships, and a lead organizer with UN ECCA and Project 17 on a climate media and entertainment pavilion for COP28.
She is an active member of YOUNGO, the children and youth constituency of the UNFCCC, and was recently double-nominated to serve as the North America youth advisor to the UN Secretary General for climate change. (Ultimately another was selected)
She endeavors to create a more just and inclusive climate movement for all, especially frontline communities, by diminishing barriers to access and retention in the movement so that we are all empowered to do our best.