John Qua
Year
2019
Chapter
Position
350.org, US Field Organizer

John Qua is the US Teams Coordinator for 350.org where he organizes communities across the US to demand action on climate change from their elected officials. He joined 350 in the summer of 2018 to help mobilize voters around federal candidates campaigning for climate justice, and in support of state ballot initiatives to tax carbon polluters and invest in clean energy. John got his start as a community organizer in 2006 during the fight for marriage equality in his two home states of Rhode Island and Connecticut – where he fell in love with organizing for its ability to affect lasting change while bringing together communities over shared values.

Since then, he’s worked on many different kinds of campaigns across the country: to mobilize Pennsylvania voters for President Obama in 2008, to fight back against factory farming malpractice in Texas, and to prevent the deforestation of old growth forest in North Carolina. Most recently, John spent 2 years as the Field Manager of Global Zero – where he led a team of activists rallying young people for continued nuclear disarmament and against the threat of nuclear war, specifically helping to build support for a federal No First Use policy. Outside of work, John co-founded 350 DC in 2013 – a local climate justice advocacy group for the DC metro area that has successfully pushed the DC City Council to divest from fossil fuels, set up a Green Bank, and publicly oppose pipelines threatening the city’s main water source in the Potomac River. He sits on the board of the Janelia Foundation where he helps fund youth organizing around peace and climate justice. John got his Bachelor’s in International Relations from Brown University in 2013.