Zakiya HarrisArt: Nat Damm

Zakiya Harris

Founder and Executive Director, Grind for the Green
Berkeley, Calif.

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Zakiya Harris, 32, founded Grind for the Green in 2007 to use hip-hop to move youth of color from the margins to the epicenter of the green movement, helping steer them toward educational opportunities and green careers. The group puts on the solar-powered G4G Eco-Music Festival in San Francisco, and this Earth Day it’s rolling out a Get Fresh campaign that aims to get young people educated about and active in environmental issues. Harris also makes her own music as one half of the eco-conscious hip-hop duo FIYAWATA and works as an eco-marketing consultant.

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