As senior associate with Drawdown Labs, Aiyana Bodi works with corporate partners and their employees to scale climate solutions in more meaningful and impactful ways. Aiyana is passionate about intersectional environmentalism and aims to use employee activation as a vehicle for just and equitable solutions. She uses her background in communications and research and interest in design to help people find their place in the broader ecosystem of change—turning their climate concern into action.
Aiyana joined Project Drawdown from Pacific Forest Trust, where she worked with policymakers and other stakeholders to bolster forest conservation and climate policies at the state and federal levels. At Pacific Forest Trust, Aiyana managed research projects on California’s cap-and-trade program and forest offset projects, and represented the organization in various coalitions. Previously, Aiyana served as a fellow at Mighty Earth, where she conducted a meta-analysis on the social, economic, and environmental benefits of agroforestry to inform advocacy efforts, and engaged with global rubber industry representatives to promote sustainable supply chain practices. Aiyana has also worked at a number of other small environmental nonprofits coordinating membership, events, and social media.
Aiyana holds a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University, where she served as a research assistant to a lead author of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report and led a consulting project for the World Resources Institute on global land restoration policies. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Geology from the College of William & Mary in Virginia, her home state. She is based in Brooklyn, New York. In her free time, you can find Aiyana perfecting her kimchi recipe, volunteering design and communications support to impact organizations, and (finally!) learning to swim.