Na'Taki Osborne Jelks
Manager, Education and Advocacy Programs
Southeast Regional Center, Atlanta, GA
Na'Taki Osborne Jelks is the Manager for Education and Advocacy Programs and is responsible for building the capacity of individuals and community organizations to take personal and civic action to restore the communities in which they live, work, play, worship, and learn through NWF's youth environmental education and leadership development program for teens of color (Earth Tomorrow) and through various adult civic engagement and advocacy initiatives. This work includes leading coalition building efforts to get kids connected to nature through policy and programmatic avenues, and engaging underrepresented communities in conservation efforts to combat global warming, restore habitat in Atlanta's diminishing urban forest, create green jobs, and train the next generation of environmental leaders.
For her work on environmental justice issues, engaging diverse communities in conservation, and improving environmental quality and quality of life for low-income and communities of color in Atlanta, Na'Taki has been recognized by and received numerous awards from a diverse number of organizations and agencies including the Georgia House of Representatives, the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, the Environmental Careers Organization, the Atlanta Chapter of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College, the Turner Broadcasting Systems (TBS), and Former U.S. President, Bill Clinton. She has also received recognition from Redbook, Ebony, Uptown, the Atlanta Tribune, Atlanta CityMag, and Atlanta Woman magazines.
Na'Taki is an alumna of Spelman College. She earned her Master's of Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health from Emory University.