Co-Founder, Start: Empowerment
Alexia Leclercq is a grassroots organizer, scholar, and artist. She has led dozens of environmental justice campaigns from pushing for loss & damage and an equitable fossil fuel phase-out at an international level to passing national climate and chemical reform legislation and fighting for clean water, addressing aggregate mining pollution, relocating toxic tank farms, and organizing mutual aid. Leclercq is the co-founder of the Colorado River Conservancy under PODER and a climate education non-profit named Start: Empowerment. Her curriculum has reached over 120,000 students across the United States and her work has been featured on platforms such as Blomberg, Forbes, Washington Post, Austin Statesman, and more. She has also won the prestigious Brower Youth Award, the Harvard AOCC Award for Commitment to Educational Justice, and the 2022 WWF Conservation Award. She served as the 2022 UN Youth Assembly Ambassador and has also been invited to speak at various events such as COP27, Global Peace Education Conference, Bioneers Conference, and CUNY Climate Education Conference. Leclercq graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in political science and education from New York University and Harvard University.