Khalil Shahyd

Senior Policy Advisor, Equity Environment and Just Communities, Healthy People & Thriving Communities Program

Khalil Shahyd focuses on federal policy and national strategies that create just solutions for environmental and climate crises—specifically by integrating clean energy and energy efficiency with affordable housing and community development. He has more than 20 years of experience in community and economic justice organizing, planning, and policy advocacy. He has worked on just, sustainable development in urban and rural settings domestically and abroad in Mexico, India, and Brazil. Shahyd holds a bachelor's degree in history from Tulane University, a master's degree in sustainable international development from Brandeis University, and a PhD (ABD) in energy and environmental policy with a specialization in urban political ecology from the University of Delaware. Away from work, his passions are astronomy and soccer. Shahyd is based in NRDC's Washington, D.C., office.

In Conversation

Defender of Housing Justice

Energy efficiency and social safety net advocate Khalil Shahyd explains why supporting affordable housing is intrinsic to the climate fight.

NRDC in Action

How Best to Rebuild a Hurricane-Ravaged City? Listen to the Residents, Says This New Orleans Native

Khalil Shahyd had a hand in helping his hometown recover from Katrina, and now he advocates for climate resiliency on behalf of vulnerable communities nationwide.