Colette Pichon Battle

Colette Pichon Battle
Executive Director
US Human Rights Network

Colette Pichon Battle, Esq. recently assumed the role of Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network (Atlanta and New York City) with a mission to build a people-centered human rights movement in the US. Colette aims to connect the grassroots human rights movement to the climate movement in the United States through initiatives focused on Economic Justice, Energy Democracy and Ecological Equity. In 2016 Colette was named a White House Champion of Change for Climate Equity and received the Water Champion award from the Greater New Orleans Foundation. In 2015, she was selected as an Echoing Green Climate Fellow for founding and directing the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy (GCCLP). In 2014, Colette was selected for the Young Climate Justice National Fellowship based on her work with coastal communities of color. In 2012, Colette was named an “Expert of Color” by the Insight Center for Community Economic Development based on her work to address the US racial wealth divide. In 2007 Colette received recognition from the American Bar Association and in 2008 she was awarded the U.S. Civilian Medal of Honor for the state of Louisiana- both awards were for her work around multi-racial, cross regional alliance building in the Katrina recovery. In her previous position as founder and Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy, Colette developed and directed programming focused on Global Migration, Community Economic Development, Climate Justice and Equitable Disaster Recovery. For more than 11 years, Colette worked with local communities, national funders and elected officials around equity in the post-Katrina/post-BP disaster Gulf Coast. Ms. Pichon Battle was a lead coordinator for Gulf South Rising 2015 a regional initiative around climate justice and just transition in the South. In addition to developing advocacy initiatives and a suite of community justice trainings on issues that intersect with race, systems of power and ecology, Colette led the delivery and management of GCCLP’s legal services and maintains a legal specialization in immigration law and disaster law. Ms. Pichon Battle serves on the national board for the US Climate Action Network (USCAN), the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), serves on the national planning committee for Law for Black Lives initiative (L4BL) and serves on the governance council for the Southern Movement Assembly (SMA). Colette is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), National Lawyers Guild, (NLG), and the Experts of Color Network (ECON).