Project Team


The #NMCA is a project of WE ACT for Environmental Justice, a Northern Manhattan community-based organization whose mission is to build healthy communities by ensuring that people of color and/or low income participate meaningfully in the creation of environmental policies and practices.

WE ACT staff members that contributed to this project include: Peggy Shepard, Cecil Corbin-Mark, Aurash Khawarzad, Louis Bailey, Charles Callaway, James Burke, Matt Deen, Amber Myers, Ogonnaya Dotson-Newman, Evelyn Joseph, Carlos Jusino, David Chang, Hector Gerardo, Jalonne White-Newsome, and Stanley Fritz. Additional support was provided by WE ACT interns including Naima Drecker-Waxman, Peiyu Phua, Meera Vaidya, Theo Judd Hilton, Sophia Jose, Griffin Levine, Omar Hammad, and Betina Araujo.

Written and assembled by: Aurash Khawarzad
Hand-drawings and cover by: Mateo Fernandez-Muro
Co-edited by: Victoria Hoffmeister

Serious Games were designed by Michael McDonald of OVIAR Global Resilience Systems, an organization engaged in international emergency preparedness and resilience efforts.

Scientific research support was provided by Cynthia Rosensweig of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Patrick Kinney of the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health.

Participants who supported this project by means of meeting facilitation and research include: Lisa Hamilton, Elizabeth Guerra, Cecilia Pineda, Tony Santiago, Jewel Jones, Maria Garcia, Rita Miller, Perry Sheffield, Mason Cavell, Oronde Tennant, Sarah Fischer, Carlton Davis, Alicia Barksdale, Diana Blackwell, Tina Johnson, Sarah Martin, Arnold Boatner, Euline Williams, Josette Bailey, Deirdre Aherne, Diane Hymans, Evelyn Knapp, Naomi Moreira, Raya Salter, Rory Christianson, Jeanelle Roman, Jacqueline Hurt, Helen Jones, Jonathan Marable, Maria Lynch, Rodney Cromartie, Ramon Ramsey, Juan Rosa, Lazelle Williams, Glen Holloman, Kelly Moltzen, Daniel Carrion, Victoria Lee, Grace Tuttle, Johann Vollenhoven, Karmel Al Labadi, Danielle Peters, Manishka de Mel, Erika Lindsey, Illya Azaroff, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, and many more.

New York City public agencies that supported this process by providing policy information include: NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Emergency Management, Department of City Planning, Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, and Department of Environmental Protection, among others.

Additional organizations that supported this project include: Environmental Defense Fund, Environmental Health Services Center, LSA Family Health Services, Natural Resources Defense Council, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, Manhattan Neighborhood Network, Associacion de Mujeres Progresistas, Inc., Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center, West Harlem Group Assistance, Brotherhood Sister Sol, Corbin Hill Food Project, Hamilton Heights Community Preservation Organization, Office of Councilman Mark Levine, Office of Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, Word Up Bookstore, Harlem Community Development Corporation, Parsons The New School for Design, Pratt institute American Institute of Architects, NY Chapter, Manhattan Community Boards 9, 10, 11, and 12.

Project supported by the Kresge Foundation