Chandra Farley

Just Energy Director | Partnership for Southern Equity
Chandra Farley is an activist at heart and credits her parents with instilling a sense of duty to always do what she can to advance justice and fairness. Currently, as the Just Energy Director at the Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE), Chandra leads a team of program staff and organizers and develops local and regional strategies to advance energy equity through coalition building, leadership development and community organizing. Understanding the equity impacts of the sourcing and commodification of power generation is critical for marginalized populations such as Black people, communities of color and low-wealth communities. While unfamiliar to many residents, equity-centered energy and utility policies significantly enhance household economic stability and improve the overall quality of air, water and other natural resources that affect our health and well-being. Chandra is a graduate of the EPA’s Environmental Justice Academy, current President of the Environmental Justice Academy Alumni Association, Co-Chair of the Hive Fund for Climate and Gender Justice Advisory Board, and serves on the Board of Directors for Community Movement Builders, Georgia Conservation Voters Education Fund, and the People’s Justice Council/Alabama Interfaith Power & Light.

Presentations from Facing Race 2020

Energy Justice is Racial Justice

This session will examine community organizing and advocacy strategies in Atlanta and Seattle to defend the right to energy in the face of utility shutoffs during wildfires and the pandemic, and advance a renewable energy future in the long term. Atlanta and Seattle are two of the cities taking part in the national effort called 100% Equitable and Renewable Cities Initiative that puts community-based organizations at the center of policy planning for renewable energy to confront the climate crisis.

Speakers: Leah Obias, Chandra Farley, Yolanda Matthews