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What’s the climate crisis mean for communities of color? This panel will address that question at the Wisconsin Leadership Summit


Clean Wisconsin program director Pamela Ritger de la Rosa will moderate a panel titled “The climate gap: the impact of climate change on brown and black communities” on Wednesday, October 20, the third day of the fourth annual Wisconsin Leadership Summit.

The all-online Summit is the state’s premier professional development, networking and community building event. Registration is open now at WisconsinLeadershipSummit.com.

Pamela joined Clean Wisconsin in May 2013 and is based in Milwaukee. She gained an early appreciation of nature visiting her grandparents’ family farm in Allenton, Wisconsin, as well as the beaches, rivers and mountains of her mother’s native Dominican Republic.

In partnership with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) and several community and neighborhood organizations, Pam has led Clean Wisconsin’s efforts around green infrastructure outreach and installation in Milwaukee’s 30th Street Corridor neighborhoods since November 2013.  She also leads Clean Wisconsin’s efforts to scale-up green infrastructure installation throughout the Milwaukee region through educational workshops for residents, community organizations, businesses and developers, and is helping remove barriers to green infrastructure in municipal codes.  She also works with Clean Wisconsin’s Legal Department to strengthen and enforce regulations to protect our air and water, and to facilitate greater usage and development of clean, efficient energy in Wisconsin.  She was appointed to Milwaukee’s City-County Task Force on Climate and Economic Equity in July 2019.

Pam is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, the La Follette School of Public Affairs, and completed a certificate in Energy Analysis and Policy from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison, where she focused on climate change mitigation and resilience.  Prior to joining Clean Wisconsin, Pam worked as an Immigration Paralegal for several years and interned with the Sierra Club, Climate Focus, the Environmental Law and Policy Center, Midwest Environmental Advocates and the River Alliance of Wisconsin.

She is Board President of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association and Board Secretary of the Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association.

Joining Pamela on the panel are:

  • Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes
  • Nature Conservancy Milwaukee Program Manager Lamont Smith
  • American Family Insurance Business Development Investment Portfolio Manager Jay Patel
  • Ho-Chunk Gaming Municipal Relations Coordinator Missy Tracy
  • Nature Conservancy Midwest Director of Freshwater Policy Raj Shukla

The Wisconsin Leadership Summit will last five days and feature 25 panels on a range of issues, such as workplace diversity, education, health care, social justice and more. Registration is $49, with discount rates for nonprofit and government employees and students.