A. Mychal Johnson, Bronx Council for Environmental Quality & South Bronx Unite
Mychal Johnson has a long-standing track record in community-based advocacy for environmental and economic justice. Mychal is co-founder of South Bronx Unite, a coalition of residents, organizations and allies confronting policies that perpetuate harm and building support for viable community-driven solutions in the South Bronx, where one in five children suffer from asthma because of the oversaturation of industrial facilities and diesel truck intensive businesses and decades of neglect. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Bronx Council for Environmental Quality, the Board of Directors of the South Bronx Community Land Stewards, the Board of Directors of the NYC Community Land Initiative, the Watershed Advisory Committee of the Park’s Department Harlem River Watershed and Natural Resources Management Plan and the Community Advisory Board of Columbia University’s NIEHS Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan. Mychal was also appointed as a civil society voting member of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Open Space Committee, selected by the United Nations to serve as one of 38 global civil society appointees to the historic UN Climate Summit in 2014 and invited by the Bolivian government to participate in the World Peoples Conference on Climate Change. Mychal's work on environmental, labor, education and immigration issues has received more than 150 media mentions in publications and networks such as Al Jazeera, BBC, Crains, Guardian, Mott Haven Herald, NY Daily News, New York Times, NY1, Think Progress, Vice, Wall Street Journal, WBAI and WNYC, among others.