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Colette Pichon Battle

Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy
Executive Director
LA
Colette Pichon Battle, Esq. serves as Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy (GCCLP) developing programs focused on Global Migration, Community Economic Development, Climate Justice, and Equitable Disaster Recovery. In 2015 Colette was selected as an Echoing Green Climate Fellow and was awarded the 2015 US Human Rights Network Movement Builder Award for her climate equity work across the Gulf South. Colette also served as a lead coordinator for Gulf South Rising, a regional initiative around climate justice in the South. A native of Louisiana, Colette has worked for more than ten years with local communities, national funders and elected officials around equity in the post-Katrina and post-BP disaster Gulf Coast. In 2007 Colette received recognition from the American Bar Association and in 2008 she was awarded the U.S. Civilian Medal of Honor for the state of Louisiana- both awards were for her work around multi-racial, cross regional alliance building in the Katrina recovery. In 2012, Colette was named an “Expert of Color” by the Insight Center for Community Economic Development on issues that surround the US racial wealth divide. In 2014 Colette was selected for the Young Climate Justice National Fellowship based on her work with coastal communities of color. Ms. Pichon Battle earned her Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies from Kenyon College and her Juris Doctor from Southern University Law Center. She serves on the board for the US Climate Action Network (USCAN), national planning committee for Law for Black Lives (L4BL) and has served on the national steering committee for the Black Immigration Network (BIN). Colette is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), National Lawyers Guild, Experts of Color Network (ECON) and her local NAACP and League of Women Voters chapters.


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