National Geographic

Environmental Justice: Running Dry

October 16, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9 PM

Environmental Justice: Running Dry

October 16, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9 PM

Photograph by Lynn Johnson

About this Event

Our lives depend on having access to clean, safe water, but forces from climate change to politics to human activity are leading to water crises around the world. In our ongoing series on environmental justice, join moderator and journalist Naveena Sadasivam, author and historian John F. Ross, environmental health scientist Jalonne L. White-Newsome, water policy expert Radhika Fox, and environmental scientist Samantha Chisholm Hatfield as they explore the history of and solutions to this critical issue.

  • Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium

    National Geographic Campus


Photograph by Marissa Rauch Photography

Radhika Fox


RADHIKA FOX is the chief executive officer of the US Water Alliance, a nonprofit advancing national policies and programs that build a sustainable water future for all. In addition to her leadership at the US Water Alliance, Radhika is on the board of directors of PolicyLink, a nonprofit focused on creating sustainable communities of opportunity that allow everyone to participate and prosper. With a master’s in city and regional planning, Radhika has over 20 years of experience in developing policies, programs, and issue-based advocacy campaigns. She previously directed the policy and government affairs agenda for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. She has also served as the federal policy director at PolicyLink, where she coordinated the organization’s policy agenda on a wide range of issues, including infrastructure investment, transportation, sustainable communities, economic inclusion, and workforce development.

Jalonne L. White-Newsome


JALONNE L. WHITE-NEWSOME, Ph.D, is senior program officer at The Kresge Foundation, responsible for the Environment Program’s grant portfolio on Climate Resilient & Equitable Water Systems (CREWS). She also leads part of the foundation’s work addressing the intersection of climate change and public health and is an adjunct professor at George Washington University. Previously, Jalonne served as director of federal policy at West Harlem Environmental Action. Her work helped ensure that the concerns of low-income communities of color were integrated into federal policy, particularly on clean air, climate change, and health issues. A member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Environmental Change and Society, Jalonne also serves on the board of US Climate Action Network, is a steering committee member of the Health & Environmental Funders Network, and is a 2017 PLACES Fellow with the Funders Network.

Photograph courtesy of Jalonne L. White-Newsome

Photograph courtesy of Samantha Chisholm Hatfield

Samantha Chisholm Hatfield


Environmental scientist SAMANTHA CHISHOLM HATFIELD, Ph.D., is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, from the Tututni and Chinook bands. She is also Cherokee. Samantha’s areas of specialization include indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), indigenous peoples’ cultural adaptations related to climate change, and Native American culture issues. She’s spoken on the national and international levels, including at the National Congress of American Indians, Northwest Climate Conference, International Conference on Jeju Haenyeo (Women Divers), and TEDxSalem. She’s also helped coordinate tribal participation for the Northwest Climate Science Center and Oregon State University’s Climate Boot Camp workshops. Samantha’s other projects include a children’s book on bullying and Native American identity, a book on TEK, and an anthology of compiled creative works. She is the co-owner of BearFoot Lacrosse, a nonprofit that helps disadvantaged youths learn sports.

John F. Ross


JOHN F. ROSS, a former editor at American Heritage and Smithsonian magazines, recently wrote The Promise of the Grand Canyon: John Wesley Powell’s Perilous Journey and His Vision for the American West. His previous books include Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed and War on the Run: The Epic Story of Robert Rogers and the Conquest of America’s First Frontier, which won the Fort Ticonderoga Award for Contributions to American History.

Photograph courtesy of John Ross

Photograph courtesy of Naveena Sadasivam

Naveena Sadasivam


NAVEENA SADASIVAM is a staff writer covering the environment, energy, and climate change at the Texas Observer. Prior to joining the Observer, she wrote about the coal industry for InsideClimate News and fracking for ProPublica. At ProPublica, she was part of a team that reported on the water woes of the West, a project that was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist for national reporting. She has a degree in chemical engineering and a master’s in environmental and science reporting from New York University and was a 2016 Ida B. Wells Fellow at The Investigative Fund, a project of The Nation Institute.

Plan Your Visit


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Driving Directions

National Geographic headquarters is located at 17th and M Streets, NW. The museum and store entrance is at 1145 17th Street; the Grosvenor Auditorium entrance is at 1600 M Street NW.



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