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Tonyisha Harris

Climate and Energy Program Manager, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Tonyisha Harris.

Tonyisha Harris Tonyisha Harris is the Illinois Climate and Energy Program Manager for The Nature Conservancy. © Tonyisha Harris

Areas of Expertise

Climate, Advocacy, Community Outreach, Environmental Justice

Media Contact

Isabel Morales


As a Climate and Energy Program Manager, Tonyisha Harris leads TNC Illinois’ climate and energy strategy to help TNC reach its' 2030 goals. She brings over a decade of experience as a youth climate and environmental justice activist based in Chicago, Illinois.

Prior to this role, Tonyisha worked in communications and youth partnerships for Action for the Climate Emergency as well as in clean energy and Chicagoland conservation with the Illinois Environmental Council.

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In the News

Tonyisha has written and been featured in a variety of publications about youth climate activism and environmental justice.

New York Times

Learn how climate change inflicts a toll on mental health from Tonyisha Harris.

MacArthur Foundation

Surrounded by coal-fired power plants and other polluting, planet-warming industries, Tonyisha Harris reflects on the negative health impacts her community faces.

Visible Magazine

The climate emergency keeps getting worse. Tonyisha shares her hopeful vision for young climate leaders to be the solution.