Elsa Mengistu

Elsa Mengistu is a climate justice advocate, international speaker, consultant, and student whose work focuses on youth empowerment and intersectionality. She is the former director of operations and logistics at Zero Hour, a grassroots climate organization intent on gaining support for the Youth Climate Movement. She is a freshman at Howard University and native of Ethiopia. Mengistu is an avid organizer and activist who started her work in middle school and high school. She has advocated for changes on various issues, including electoral politics, racial justice, LGBTQ+ equality, and women’s rights, through local organizations and school clubs. She has also worked on gun violence prevention and was one of the lead youth organizers for her local March For Our Lives chapter. In her role with Zero Hour, she advocated for climate justice through the organization of the Global Youth Climate March, Summit, and through various campaigns. Mengistu also serves on the Youth Advisory Board for Young Voices for the Planet, an organization that highlights youth from across the world through documentaries.In 2019, she was named as one of Grist’s 50 Fixers, a group of up-and-coming individuals working on innovative solutions to fix the biggest challenges that face our globe. Currently, Elsa is serving on the Steering Committee for Power Shift 2020, which is planning 4,000 person convening to mobilize for climate action in 2021 and is working with Generation Green. An organization committed to uplifting and connecting Black environmentalists from across the world. Elsa’s work for the majority of 2020 is focused on expanding industries and movement spaces to make space for underrepresented voices and perspectives.