2023 President’s Dinner
2023 President's Dinner Honoree
JEROME FOSTER II
Jerome is a 20-year-old climate justice activist, organizer, and consultant who strives to create social and environmental change through art, technology, and policy. He studied Environmental Governance and Policy, and Social Justice at Harvard University, and Computer Science at Pace University. He is the Curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art. He is also the youngest-ever White House Environmental Justice Advisory Councilmember, advising President Biden and developing policies on climate change, environmental justice, and federal sustainability. At 16 years old, he organized climate strikes outside the White House as a major organizer of Friday for Future, was interviewed by Former Vice President Al Gore and spoke at the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights and the United Nations Youth Climate Summit.
Jerome is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Waic Up, a charity that empowers youths to vote, advocate, and take action on pressing issues, such as climate justice, racial justice, and human rights. He has been recognized with multiple awards and honors, such as the Defender of Science Award, the Youth Environmental Champion Award, and the World Series of Entrepreneurship. Jerome is driven by the promise of a world which lives by the ideals of economic, social, and environmental reciprocity and equity.