About Patrick's Work

Patrick Houston is an organizer and activist currently pursuing a master’s in urban and environmental policy and planning at Tufts University. There, he focuses his studies on energy grid and building decarbonization, and community wealth building in low-income and working communities of color. He serves as a board member of the Climate Organizing Hub and is a Racial Equity in Policy and Planning Fellow at Tufts. Patrick is a grateful alum of the Community College of Philadelphia and holds a bachelor's in political science and environmental policy from Swarthmore College. 

Prior to his studies at Tufts, Patrick worked with the advocacy organization New York Communities for Change, building grassroots political power in low-income Black and Latiné communities, and focused on climate and inequality campaigns. He supported successful fights to defeat proposed fossil fuel infrastructure projects and move New York City to divest from fossil fuels. He led the organizing effort behind the passage of NYC's landmark Local Law 97 (2019), which will cut pollution from the City’s largest source of emissions, buildings, and create thousands of jobs. In free time, Patrick enjoys bike riding and reading.