Samantha Lee

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Samantha Lee

Mandy (she/her/hers) facilitates collaborative, multi-stakeholder efforts for environmental and climate justice through the design and development of communities and the infrastructure that sustains them. She organizes with her local mutual aid network and community garden and is a vegan and bread baking enthusiast.

Mandy is deeply passionate about community-driven climate, food, and environmental justice initiatives and the infrastructure and policy that allows them to thrive. Mandy currently lives on Piscataway and Nacotchtank land in DC, just a few blocks from her favorite place in the city: Wangari Gardens.

Named after Wangari Maathai, the garden embodies the beauty and power of neighborhood cooperation to steward land, care for one another, and resist decades of top-down and racist urban planning and displacement of beloved neighbors and native Washingtonian culture.

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Wangari Gardens

Wangari Gardens is a 2.7-acre garden park in Washington, DC bursting with creative potential. With a mission inspired by a passion for community engagement, we are building a park to benefit everyone.

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Frazier Burroughs

As the Parks and Recreation Department Director for the City of Anniston, Frazier is responsible for providing leisure activities for all patrons that he serves. As a Firesoul, helping to enhance quality of life for the citizens of Anniston is his main focus. Frazier’s Sacred Place is important to his community because it provide a...


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