THE WATER COLLABORATIVE OF GREATER NEW ORLEANS
As the Executive Director of The Water Collaborative of Greater New Orleans (TWC), Jessica Dandridge has dedicated her life to community advocacy and campaign development for organizations seeking to be socially, economically, and culturally inclusive. As the Executive Director of TWC she focuses on community led adaptation and mitigation as the core to water justice and climate resiliency strategies. To be resilient, Jessica believe communities needs redundant, rapidly distributed resources. To achieve this, Jessica has led a movement around water management as a tool for social and economic liberation that should be transformational to our most vulnerable communities. Today TWC focuses on water management, hazard mitigation, water justice through access, affordability, and quality, and equitable community transformation through blue/green jobs and the renewable economy. Ms. Dandridge received her B.A at Xavier University of Louisiana in Political Science and her M.A in International Affairs with a concentration in conflict and security at The New School for Public Engagement in New York City. Since starting her career as a youth organizer in 2005, she has worked for, or in collaboration with over two dozen organizations in the Greater New Orleans and nationally. Ms. Dandridge is a trained facilitator from YPQI, has a certificate in Leadership, Activism and Civil Rights from Brown University, and a certificate in Kingian Nonviolence Strategies from the Selma Center of Nonviolence. IJessica is the Co-Chair of the National Academy of Science Resiliency Roundtable and is a Commissioner for the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration, and Conservation.