Professor La'Meshia Whittington is a successfully published organizational development guru, lecturer, policy analyst, social scientist, environmental justice sociologist, activist and motivational speaker. La'Meshia is the Eco-Architect. She is also the President & CEO of the Whittington and Staley Consulting Group, LLC.
A Royal Descendant of the Kingdom of the Happy Land, a post-emancipation Afro-Indigenous settlement nestled deep within the Appalachian Mountains of North and South Carolina. La’Meshia Whittington, has maintained the traditions of her people and her grandmother, Philanthropist Rebecca Staley, by serving the people.
La’Meshia is a disruptor of harmful systemic inequities that burden frontline and marginalized communities of color and low wealth populations. La’Meshia is a visionary on the underground railroad of eco-liberation and systems change to remove the oppression of legacy pollutions in Black communities, to remove health inequities created in socioeconomically disadvantaged communities targeted for waste, and to champion the autonomy and sovereignty of powerful communities across the US South and the Global US South.
Professor La'Meshia Whittington is a NC state appointed official, professor, the Principal and CEO of Whittington & Staley Consulting Group, LLC and the Founding President of Democracy Green, an environmental justice and pro-democracy reform non-profit birthed in Hurricane Florence's floodwaters.
Alongside her mother, Sanja Whittington, Executive Director of Democracy Green and brother, Robert Whittington, Jr, the Environmental Justice Associate of the NC Black Alliance, Professor Whittington coordinated over 250 water and land rescues in Eastern NC, co-fundraised over $2 million in mutual aid emergency relief, served as the first Chairwoman of the community fund that disbursed aid relief in multiple disasters and through COVID-19, and organized a 25,000lb trailer of life- saving emergency supplies delivered to residents in Florida in the wake of Hurricane Michael.
Professor Whittington, alongside Democracy Green, has assisted communities in receiving federal funding for water infrastructure, including recently a $13.2 million award to develop clean water infrastructure for the first time in the history of an unincorporated Black community. She has supported the direct movement of over $75 million to communities across the U.S. South since the global pandemic.
Professor Whittington created the nation's first research on racial gerrymandering and pollution hotspots in marginalized communities and then again on the intersection of PFAS and Environmental Justice.
Professor Whittington serves as an adjunct professor in the Division of Sociology at Meredith College and a Diversity and Environmental Justice Lecturer in the College of Natural Resources at N.C. State University.
La’Meshia was the 2022 ABC11 Climate Change Hero, highlighted as a ABC6 Our America: Green Guardians and chosen as a Clinton Global Initiative Grist50 Fixer.
Professor La’Meshia Whittington is the Eco-Architect.