Wawa Gatheru

Founder & Executive Director, Black Girl Environmentalist

Wawa Gatheru is a Kenyan-American climate storyteller passionate about cultivating a climate movement that is made in the image of all of us. In 2019, Wawa made history as the first Black person in history to receive the Rhodes, Truman, and Udall scholarships. She is the founder and Executive Director of Black Girl Environmentalist, an organization dedicated to addressing the pipeline and pathway issue for Black girls, women, and non-binary people in the climate sector. Under her leadership, BGE has grown as a trusted, national organization that has worked with 56 corporate and non-profit partners and hosted 43 events across 10 HUB cities - in less than a year. In 2023 alone, BGE has been recognized in Vogue, the New York Times, NPR, Forbes, Essence, Teen Vogue, Axios, and more.

A climate content creator with a following of over 90,000+ across platforms, Wawa has been named a Climate Creator to Watch by Pique Action and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

She sits on boards and advisory councils for the Environmental Media Association, Climate Power, Sound Future, National Parks Conservation Association, and EarthJustice. For her work, Wawa has been recognized as a Glamour College Woman of the Year, a 2020 Grist 50 fixer, a Young Futurist by The Root, a Young Changemaker at the Green Carpet Fashion Awards, and was featured on the January 2023 cover of Vogue alongside Billie Eilish.