Speaker Profile

Thanu Yakupitiyage

U.S. Communications Director

Thanu Yakupitiyage is the head of U.S Communications at 350.org. 350.org is an international climate campaign organization that has coordinated over 20,000 climate rallies in more than 180 countries, helped lead the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, spearheaded the growing fossil fuel divestment campaign, and co-organized the largest climate march in history, the People's Climate March. In addition to work on climate justice, Thanu is a long-time immigrant rights activist, media professional, and cultural organizer based in New York City. Originally from Sri Lanka, she grew up in Thailand and has lived in Brooklyn for ten years. She has a MA in Communications from University of Massachusetts Amherst and a BA from Hampshire College.