Renee Claire Blanchard was born on Bayou Teche to a family of Cajuns, but she spent many years between equally hot and humid South Florida and Washington DC. She returned to Louisiana shortly after the BP oil disaster, wondering if the land she'd left so young would even be around for her kids to, one day, leave in exploration, too. She's worked in the non-profit sector for over ten years, working on human rights issues in Burma to defending residents in Pennsylvania against murcury pollution from power plants, to assisting shrimpers in Barataria, LA in ther aftermath of the BP oil disaster. Her most recent work includes writing on the power of the IT industry to combat climate change impacts around the world.
Tamara Jackson Looks to Reduce Crime in the City
As executive director of Silence is Violence, Tamara Jackson leads the battle to reduce crime and assist the families of victims.