Introducing Stacia Turner!
Hello members and friends. My name is Stacia Turner, and in November I joined Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund as the new Chesapeake Regional Director. I love being in the woods and exploring the blurry boundaries between nature and society. I am originally from the beautiful Sonoran Desert and often long for the desert landscape. I studied Environmental policy and social science for almost a decade in academic institutions while also always devoting time to environmental justice focused movement building to try out the things I was learning in real world contexts. In my free time I enjoy working to develop my nature writing and poetry, hoola hooping and dancing in my favorite neighborhood Park in D.C.(Fort Mahan Park), and urban foraging. I am also very active in community theatre and comedy and enjoy exploring ways to integrate creative expression and mindfulness into my environmental community organizing work.
I became a Clean Water member when I joined the Anacostia Park & Community Collaborative because I was excited about the way Clean Water connects community members directly to more democratic policy processes that protect clean water and natural resource decision making. I am passionate about the opportunity to further organize communities in the Chesapeake region and build just and healthy neighborhoods and landscapes.
I have a wealth of experience in grassroots community organizing among the intersections of community development and natural resource decision-making. As a queer and disabled Black person from a blue-collar background, I will bring a unique and intersectional perspective to the way we do our work and how we center the health and concerns of working-class communities that are the most impacted by envirnonmental risks and natural resource planning and decison-making. I am also excited to give visibility to the idea that folx like myself with diverse identities can successfully do this kind of work. Environmental work in America is heavily steeped in a professional-class technocratic set of complex processes and I am enthusiastic about working to demystify and ground these systems of power and decision-making in pathways for everyday folx to get activated and involved.