Co-Founder and Executive Director
Emerge Puerto Rico
Christine Nieves is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Emerge Puerto Rico – an initiative focused on rooting cutting-edge Climate Change leadership and education in community wisdom. She has an interest in Indigenous and African wisdom and in how the invisible infrastructure of so-called marginalized communities can be activated when disasters happen. Christine’s attention is focused on human consciousness, cognition, evolution and adaptation to extreme environmental disruptions. She is a 2020 Echoing Green Climate Fellow.
Previously she co-founded Proyecto Apoyo Mutuo Mariana, a mutual aid disaster relief effort where the people served where the same people serving. PAM’s mission was to transform the community of Mariana into a transgenerational catalytic sustainable village by developing and practicing community-level hurricane preparedness plans and building social and physical infrastructure to withstand uncertainty and future natural disasters. She became a 2019 Bridge Fellow at TNTP to learn how the education field can be a game-changer for climate change by systemically inserting community wisdom in the curriculum. Christine is an author, speaker and climate leader as well as mom to two fierce girls. She was named a GRIST 2019 Fixer, an SBA Phoenix Humanitarian Award recipient (alongside her husband, Luis), and invited to speak at TEDMED.