Dawny’all Heydari leads Pacific Environment’s Ship It Zero campaign to move the world’s largest retail companies to achieve zero-emission shipping by 2030.
An accomplished, creative and relentless campaigner, Dawny’all has served in a number of intersectional organizing and campaign roles, including the Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign in Iowa, the New Orleans public defender’s office, and global LGBTQ+ rights advocacy at the United Nations headquarters in New York City with OutRight Action International. For the Sanders Campaign for President, Dawny’all led a rural field organizing program that led to Washington County, Iowa caucusing for Senator Sanders by a margin of 8.6% in the 2020 Democratic presidential caucuses. At Yale, Dawny’all led a student advocacy campaign that helped secure passage of a 2015 Connecticut state statute (HB-6844, An Act Concerning In-State Tuition Eligibility) extending undocumented students’ access to public higher education.
Originally from California, Dawny’all was awakened to climate consciousness after being evacuated in a wildfire. She is eager to build collective power to combat environmental racism and classism, restore healthy, long-living port communities and clean oceans, and keep global warming below 1.5°C.
Dawny’all holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and the Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Human Rights from Yale University. She is currently based in Los Angeles, California.