Colette Pichon Battle, Esq. is the Executive Director of US Human Rights Network. A native of Louisiana, Pichon Battle, over the past ten years, has worked with local communities, national funders and elected officials around equity in the post-Katrina/post-BP disaster Gulf Coast.
In 2016 Colette was named a White House Champion of Change for Climate Equity and received the Water Champion award from the Greater New Orleans Foundation. In 2015 international social entrepreneurship leader, Echoing Green, selected her as a Climate Fellow for founding and directing the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy (GCCLP).
Also in 2015, Colette was awarded the Movement Builder Award from the US Human Rights Network for her “people-centered” approach to human rights work with frontline communities in the Gulf Coast and in 2014 Colette was selected for the Young Climate Justice National Fellowship based on her work with coastal communities of color. In 2012, Colette was named an “Expert of Color” by the Insight Center for Community Economic Development on issues that surround the US racial wealth divide. In 2007 Colette received recognition from the American Bar Association and in 2008 she was awarded the U.S. Civilian Medal of Honor for the state of Louisiana- both awards were for her work around multi-racial, cross regional alliance building in the Katrina recovery.