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Johanna brings to ACE nearly six years of professional experience in youth education and empowerment. Her professional background ranges from working as a substitute teacher within DC Public Schools, hands on farm and nutrition education through the Neighborhood Farm Initiative, to living and working on a rural orphanage in Les Cayes, Haiti. Johanna’s environmental organizing foundation was formed during a fellowship at Greenpeace USA in the spring of 2009. She is thrilled to combine her two passions of working with youth and ending catastrophic climate change!
Originally hailing from North Carolina, Johanna graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with honors in the programs of Gender Studies and Political Science. A recipient of the Sally & Allen Cone award during her senior year she academically focused on the history and institutionalization of social movements in the United States.
During her free time she splits her attention between sustainable farming practices, riding her single-speed bike, putting her EMT skills to good use, and supporting local music.
Melinda Robinson - Charlotte, North Carolina Educator
Melinda is originally from Spring Lake, NC and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Business Management with a concentration in Financial Services at Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte, NC. She brings extensive student leadership and public speaking experience from her continued involvement in Future Business Leaders of America - Phi Beta Lambda. Melinda is passionate about social and environmental justice as well as leadership development which fuels her to support youth who are engaged in the fight against climate change.
When she's not fighting for the cause, you can find Melinda in her sewing room making clothes for her puppy Jazzy, in the kitchen cooking up a tasty meal or perfecting dance moves to the latest hits!