Selected as one of the Grist.org 50 People You’ll Be Talking About in 2016, Anthony K. Rogers-Wright has over 10 years of policy analysis, community organizing and outreach/advocacy experience. While serving as a policy analyst for various environmental consulting firms in California and Colorado, he specialized in land use, Clean Air Act and environmental justice compliance. He has used his organizing and outreach experience to advocate for a variety of social justice campaigns including affordable health care access, income inequality and civil rights for LGBT citizens.
In 2012, Anthony led the effort to make Colorado Health Insurance Cooperative the first health insurance provider in the State’s history to remove transgender health exclusions from all of their policies. In 2016, he acted as a surrogate and policy advisor for the Sanders presidential campaign, and testified on the need for increased action on climate justice to the DNC Platform Committee. He recently left his position as US Coordinator with The Leap, where he worked to break down single issue silos and inject new urgency and bold ideas into confronting the intersecting crises of our time: climate change, racism and inequality. Rumor has it that Anthony is using this time to prepare for earning his doctorate at a local Washington University – while still working on projects in Alabama, Los Angeles and Nebraska. Anthony earned his Bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Science and Policy and Jazz Composition as well as his Master’s Degree in Community Development, Environmental Science and Public Policy from Clark University in Worcester, MA. He is blessed to be the father of his energetic, entertaining and VERY loquacious two-year old son, Zahir Cielo.