Pooja Tilvawala



Pooja is an award-winning global climate justice leader who founded and publicly launched Youth Climate Collaborative (YCC) in March 2021. YCC is a global youth-led community creating a more just, inclusive, and intergenerational climate movement that activates and sustains youth. She also co-founded the Entertainment + Culture Foundation in June 2023, an organization that advocates for the creative industry to decarbonize and for greater resources for climate creatives, especially emerging artists. She serves as an Advisor for Rivet, which is creating the world’s largest micro-grant fund for youth-led action, an Advisor for Penn State University’s Global Youth Storytelling and Research Lab, Alumni Committee Chair of the Aspen Institute Future Leaders Climate Initiative, Alumni Committee Member of the Walking Softer Young Leaders Program, judge for various youth climate grants, and co-designer of a number of climate funds and grant programs. She is an active member of YOUNGO (the children and youth constituency of the UNFCCC), and in November 2022, although not ultimately selected, she was double-nominated and shortlisted to serve as the North America youth climate advisor to the UN Secretary General.