Lisa Abbott

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Lisa Abbott

First Retreat, November 2019

Empower Kentucky Leadership Network. To be in a room filled with so much talent and passion. Openness to have difficult conversations, and brilliance in finding solutions to heavy issues. A rare treasure to find in this harsh world, which I discovered through the Empower Kentucky Leadership Network, a cohort of 35 Kentuckians committed to building a movement for a just transition and climate justice in our state.

Going into our first weekend retreat in Bowling Green, I expected nothing more than some good conversations while making a few connections along the way – how most meetings usually end up playing out. By the end we created a family, with a new sense of hope, and a new sense of unity. A power spread amongst each of us that escalated our fire in this climate crisis.

The first evening, we gathered in the faculty house on WKU’s campus and enjoyed each other’s presence over dinner. One thing I appreciated was how much we got to know and dive into one another before tackling the many layers of the climate crisis, through simple banter and activities such as story circles. There was a moment of silence dedicated to the native land we were inhabiting, in this case belonged to Shawnee and Eastern Band Cherokee. This was led by fellow member, Tiffany Pyette, who is a leader in the fight to the rights of indigenous people.

We closed the night with a poem, read and wrote, by Mikaela Curry titled “Up from the Grassroots”.

Empower Kentucky Cohort: Tayna Fogle , Corey Dutton, Shawna McCown, Serena Owen, Margaret Ricketts, Richard Becker, Bob Martin, Nikita Perumal , Kathy Williams , Danielle Brown, Trinidad Jackson, Cherlynn Stevenson, Rachel Norton, Mikaela Curry, Fannie Madden-Grider, Alvin Madden-Grider, E.Gail Chandler , Jillian Wallace, Kevin Short , Mason Chamblee, Tona Barkley , Tiffany Pyette , Maria Truitt, Chris Woolery, Kristina Anderson, Berenice Gonzalez , Lisa Abbott , Morgan Mickelson, Byron Barber, Cheyla Cuesta , Anastasia Kaufmann, Vanessa Hall, Kathy Curtis, Shannon Scott, Dayessi Chavez, Jacob Mack-Boll, Elbert Williams.[1]

Steering Committee

Climate Justice Alliance June 15 2019·


The members of the Climate Justice Alliance Steering Committee are currently meeting in Puerto Rico, to chart the course of CJA, to deepen our alignment, build community and to meet with frontline community groups, who are leading the #JustRecovery, and are building “local living economies” models focused on clean community energy, regional food systems, efficient, affordable, and durable housing, ecosystem restoration and stewardship. — with Lisa Abbott, Marion Gee, Aghilah Nadaraj, Jesus Vazquez Negron, Mateo Nube, Eddie Bautista, Elizabeth Yeampierre, Angela Adrar, Ice Cube, Anthony Rogers-Wright, Senowa Mize-Fox, Jayeesha Dutta, Maria Irene Lopez, Jose T. Bravo and Jaron Browne.

National Leading From the Inside Out Alum

Lisa Abbott, Director of Organizing and Leadership Development, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, was a 2005 Rockwood Leadership Institute National Leading From the Inside Out Alum.[2]

Lobbying Mitch

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth November 29, 2018 ·

12 KFTC members—from everywhere from Corbin to Jackson to Lynch—are gathering at Mitch McConnell’s office in London to ask him to act now to support Kentucky’s coal communities and miners with black lung. They will deliver 14 local resolutions and hundreds of postcards and petition signatures urging Congress to strengthen the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, pass the RECLAIM Act, and protect miners’ pensions. More importantly, they will share their stories about why this matters to their families and their communities. Stay tuned for a livestream debrief at 2:30!


You can take action too, by calling McConnell and other members of Congress today: — with Morgan Brown, Carl Shoupe, Teri Blanton, Lisa Abbott, Taylor Adams and Jacob Mack-Boll.

NWF Board Members

New World Foundation leads by example. Our Board is made up of social justice practitioners, past and present grantees, movement thinkers, and leaders.[3]

Board members September 2018:

Pushback Network

As at April 12, 2010, the following served on the Pushback Network Steering Committee:[4]