Facing Race: A National Conference in St. Louis, MO — November 20-22, 2024

Joanna Gangi

Equity + Engagement Communications Specialist | Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
Pronouns: she/her
Joanna Gangi has 15 years of experience planning and managing multiple communications strategies, executing brand awareness campaigns, and designing communications and marketing platforms with a focus on equity and environmental justice. She currently runs communications for the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s Equity and Community Engagement efforts where she works to ensure that disproportionately impacted community members have access to information and are well informed on environmental justice issues. She formally oversaw the International Living Future Institute’s Communications and Marketing Department, and PR efforts. Joanna is a LEED accredited professional and a select candidate of Leadership Tomorrow class of 2021.

Presentations from Facing Race 2022

Government and Community Collaboration to Work Towards Climate Justice

The first part of the workshop will provide examples of how the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) has operationalized environmental justice and community engagement. The presenters will share how developing community engagement teams that are cross-functional and multi-disciplinary allows for each team member to apply their understanding, perspective, and recommendations to foster meaningful connections with community partners.

The second part will explore EJ communities of the Puget Sound region. We will hear from community leaders about their lived-experience and actions they are taking to build healthy and vibrant communities. Attendees will engage in break-out discussions about what environmental justice means and share stories from their communities. We will also look at PSCAA's environmental justice mapping tool as a way to identify EJ communities and prioritize government resources.

The third part will explore a variety of community engagement activities that can help create awareness, access, empowerment, action, and improvement in EJ communities. Examples will include: community science approaches to air quality, teaching youth how to protect themselves from poor air quality, and the use of micro-mobility as a clean air option to transportation. Session leaders will convey how these activities are tools that can help students and community members connect the dots between climate change, air quality, and environmental justice — while also encouraging community members to be change agents for a more equitable and healthy future. Session attendees will participate in break-out groups to discuss and work through possible engagement activities in their respective communities.

Speakers: Joanna Gangi, Dinah Wilson, Saba Rahman