Climate Communities Network

About the Climate Communities Network

The Climate Communities Network (CCN) is an initiative within the NAM Grand Challenge on Climate Change, Human Health, and Equity (Climate Grand Challenge), a multi-year effort to improve and protect human health, well-being, and equity by working to transform systems that both contribute to and are impacted by climate change.

The CCN will bring together community leaders (“Members”) who work for community-based organizations in U.S. communities that are disproportionately impacted by climate change and climate-related health inequities. The CCN will elevate community expertise, experience, and efforts to address the structural drivers of climate-related health inequities in Member communities. Alongside CCN Strategic Partners, who will be invited representatives from government, philanthropy, academia, and industry, CCN Members will influence and work across the Climate Grand Challenge to catalyze innovation, inform policy, drive funding, and co-design solutions. The CCN will have two initial main goals:

  • Inform the strategic direction and outcomes of the Climate Grand Challenge.
  • Work collaboratively to identify and develop solutions to climate-related health inequities.

Network Focused on Community-Driven Climate Solutions Announces Members and Strategic Partners


CCN announces that 18 Members and 11 Strategic Partners are participating in the project’s inaugural cohort. Together, they will amplify community voices and living experiences and leverage community expertise to address the structural drivers of climate-related health inequities at the local level. 


National Academies’ Gulf Research Program
The JPB Foundation
W.K. Kellogg Foundation 

View Climate Grand Challenge homepage


Funmi Chinekezi, Program Officer
Franque Alexander, Program Specialist
Chris Hanley, Senior Program Officer
Emma Lower-McSherry, Research Associate
Grace Robbins, Associate Program Officer
Shaneah Taylor, Deputy Director of Programs
Samantha Phillips, Communications Officer

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