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Abre’ Conner

Abre’ Conner is the director of the Center for Environmental and Climate Justice at the NAACP where she oversees strategies to dismantle environmental racism. She has taught education law and is currently faculty in the Environmental Policy and Management program at the University of California-Davis. 

A native of Lakeland, Florida, Conner served as the directing attorney of health at the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley where she led litigation, direct legal services work, and advocacy regarding health equity and the social determinants of health that impact historically excluded communities across the Silicon Valley. She worked on the Foundation’s race, equity, and inclusion steering committee and led work on jail conditions, encampment sweeps, alternatives to involuntary medical and psychiatric treatment, and advocacy to close an airport that allowed planes to use leaded fuel. Prior to the Law Foundation, Conner was a staff attorney with the ACLU Foundation of Northern California where she advocated for the civil rights and liberties of Central Valley and Northern California residents. 

She has also worked with migrant farmworkers and with civil rights organizations including the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. Conner was an associate in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel in the Obama Administration. She has held many positions with the American Bar Association and helped lead the ABA’s policy regarding racism as a public health crisis. 

Conner earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Florida and her JD at the American University Washington College of Law. 

Her full bio is available online.

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