BIO / PROFILE
Shalini Gupta is a writer, researcher and environmental justice activist. Shalini has been involved with energy, climate and environmental policy - with a focus on building frontline community capacity - for the past 20 years. Her work is centered on solutions to our ecological crises that are grounded in people and place; and our economic and social histories. Through her consultancy work, Shalini works with a range of philanthropic, governmental and community-based organizations across the country. In addition to being the co-facilitator to the City of Minneapolis appointed Southside Green Zone Council, her recent clients include: the Health & Environmental Funders Network (HEFN), Surdna Foundation, National Audubon Society (Washington D.C.). She has been a policy advisor (as part the One Square World team) to the City of Providence, RI, Racial and Environmental Justice Committee in creating their landmark municipal Climate Justice Plan and the City of Boston's efforts to integrate community interests into their Building Emissions Performance Standard. She is currently the Board Chair of the Urban Bird Collective, Clerk of the Friends School of Minnesota Committee on Trustees, and leads the Friends School of Minnesota parent efforts to imbed social justice literature into its libraries.
Shalini’s past work experience includes research and policy positions at the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in Germany, and the Izaak Walton League of America’s Energy Program. A former governor appointee to the Minnesota Next Generation Energy Board, Shalini has served as co-Chair of the Headwaters Foundation for Justice Board of Directors, on the board of Environmental Justice Advocates of Minnesota, and on the founding leadership team of the Midwest Environmental Justice Network. Prior to starting her consulting work, Shalini was the co-founder and executive director of the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy, an environmental justice research and policy organization. As a co-facilitator of the City of Minneapolis Environmental Justice Working Group, her work helped develop the city's groundbreaking 2013 Climate Action Plan – which established Minneapolis' first environmental justice focused Green Zones Initiative.
She is committed to arts-based, culture-shifting organizing strategies, having worked with numerous community of color led arts groups, including Aniccha Arts, Ananya Dance Theatre, RLM Arts, Zenteotl Project and Line Break Media on collaborative projects related to environmental justice. She was a 2019 contributing author to the Walker Art Center's Fourth Wall magazine publication and is currently working on a book series through the Loft Literary Center’s Mirrors and Windows program. She holds a BA in the Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Environmental Management from Yale University. Shalini lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband, two sons, mother, and a community of friends and extended family. Website: www.sgupta.org