Meet the Rose Foundation Community: Shreya Shankar

Each month we’re featuring a member of the Rose Foundation community. We hope that through these interviews, you get to know a little more about the dynamic people who make the Rose Foundation’s work possible. You are a part of the Rose Foundation community and we want to tell your story too! If you want to be featured in an upcoming newsletter, let us know by contacting us.

Shreya Shankar works at Rooted In Resilience, a long-time partner of the Rose Foundation’s New Voices Are Rising program. Rooted in Resilience empowers communities to rise to the challenges of climate change. Their programs support local clean energy and urban farming, and train youth to prepare for the socio-economic effects of climate change.

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Shreya Shankar of Rooted in Resilience continues to work with our New Voices students in our Summer Academy and in our “Growing Justice” class at Emiliano Zapata Street Academy.

1. What brought you to the Rose Foundation?

Rooted in Resilience has been collaborating with the Rose Foundation over the last 3 years on New Voices Are Rising‘s Summer Climate Justice Youth Leadership Academy, and on the year-round Growing Justice internship program!

2. What inspires you most about the Rose Foundation?

Our shared values and vision of cultivating the environmental justice leaders of tomorrow and centering communities of color in planning for climate resilience is inspiring. We also love the Rose Foundation’s strategy of empowering grassroots organizations and youth to build a more resilient future!

3.  What are you up to when you’re not working with the Rose Foundation?

In my spare time, I do a lot of creative writing: music, poetry, short stories. I can also be found reading a good book, taking long walks and hikes, or dancing until I drop.

4. What is your favorite animal? 

The falcon, for its incisive vision and speed. And because falcons are both cute and terrifying as predators. Fun fact: Female falcons are usually larger than male falcons.

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