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KEY EXPERIENCES

As the policy director, I led and worked on various campaigns and passed policies combatting environmental racism on the city, state, and national levels. Some of the key campaigns include access to clean water in East Austin, holding Tesla accountable, aggregate mining regulations, bringing Solar Energy to East Austin, youth education, cumulative impact legislation, writing a strategic development plan for the Colorado River Corridor, increasing voter registration, change in the demolition process, anti-gentrification land use and housing policy, building local coalition, energy justice policy, mutual aid response to COVID-19, and the no way prop A campaign (to not increase police funding). 

I co-founded the Colorado River Conservancy alongside longtime East Austin environmental advocates in order to develop a community-led conservation vision for the stretch of river from the East Longhorn Dam to the Travis County Line, an area that has been historically ignored and is rapidly being developed by newer aggregate mines, tech companies like Tesla and housing development. Our goal is to protect, preserve, and restore this beautiful stretch of river.

I co-founded Start: Empowerment, an education non-profit, to provide social-environmental justice and political education in schools and community spaces with the goal of bridging the gap between education and action to create meaningful change. My environmental curriculum has reached over 120,000 students across the United States and Start: Empowerment's programming has reached thousands of youth in NYC & TX. 

International Climate Campaigns

I've co-led international coalitions to successfully establish the loss and damage fund and push for an equitable fossil fuel phase-out through the UNFCCC process. I've participated in COP27, SB58, COP28. 

Research

As a scholar, my research interest focuses on political economy, inequality, (Post)colonial studies, liberation pedagogy, critical geography, Queer, Asian & Indigenous ecologies, and environmental justice. Whether it's researching neoliberalism and the rise of the far-right, environmental justice education disparities in NYC, the commodification of land and zoning in Texas, asthma and housing inequalities, or water quality testing in the Colorado River, I aim to use research as a tool to further understand and dismantle systems of oppression. I've done research as an NYU Gallatin summer scholar and worked at the Haber Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Public Health.

Please visit my Linkedin for more details on my work & volunteer experience. 

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Awards & Honors

2024 Green Carpet Sustainable Fashion Award Young Leader Honoree

2024 Austin Woman Changemaker List

2023 Vital Voices Grassroots Leadership Inaugural Cohort

2023 Harvard AOCC Award for Educational Justice

2023 Cesar Chavez Award

2023 Tom's of Maine Incubator Recipient

2022 WWF Conservation Award Winner

2022 Echoing Green Fellowship Finalist

2022 Jericho Fellowship, Activism Prize

2022 UN Youth Assembly USA Ambassador

2022-2023 Diamonstein-Spielvogel Fellowship

2021 Brower Youth Award 

Graduated Summa Cum Laude from NYU

Deans List, Latin Honors, University Honors Scholar

Undergraduate Academic Excellence for the Class of 2020 for Gallatin

Phi Beta Kappa 3rd year of college 

Tori Burch Innovation Scholar 

Selected to showcase paintings at the Gallatin Arts Festival 

 Dean’s Conference Fund to attend Environmental Law and Policy Review Conference in Washington D.C. 

NYU Conference funding to attend 2018 PrepCom for the 2020 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in Geneva 

Finalist in the NYU E-lab 10k Changemaker Challenge 

Publications

Leclercq "Behind the scenes of COP28 in Dubai," Assembly Malala Fund, Feb 28, 2024.

 

Leclercq "A Love Letter to my friends in the Climate Movement," Assembly Malala Fund, Nov 29, 2023. 

 

Leclercq "How Asian-Pacific Islanders Shaped Environmental Activism," Atmos, Dec 19th, 2022. 

 

Chen & Leclercq "The Problem with Climate Change Influencers," Teen Vogue. June 29th, 2022. 

Leclercq, Herrera, and Almanza “Demolition: The Legacy of displacement and gentrification in East Austin Continues.” PODER, Feb 2022.
 

Leclercq, Almanza, and Herrera, “Reaching Vulnerable Population in East Austin” Austin Public Health, 31 October 2020. 
 

Almanza, et al. “Comparative Analyses of Low-Income Housing Along the East Riverside Corridor Master Plan 2019.” Humanities Institute at the University of Texas at Austin Community, 2019.

Leclercq "Beneath the Gilets Jaunes: Disruption Power Structures or Reinforcing the Far-Right Rhetoric?" Senior thesis, NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Studies, May 2020.

 

Bell and Leclercq, "Take This With You Zine." May 2019.

Leclercq, Alexia "The World is Already on Fire" EMBODIED Magazine, 2019. 

 

Leclercq, Alexia "In My Mother's Eyes" BRIO: NYU’s Undergraduate Literature journal, 2020. 

Leclercq, Alexia “American Paranoia: The Fight Against ‘Evil.’” EMBODIED Magazine, 29 April. 2019.

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Fun Facts

  • I'm obsessed with capybaras, chickens, valais blacknose sheeps

  • I published a cookbook in high school 

  • I have a cat Instagram with 106k followers 

  • I speak 4 languages fluently, learning my 5th

  • I learned English in middle school after immigrating to the U.S

  • I've actually moved 9 times and lived in 4 countries

  • I'm an avid tree climber 

  • I'm learning to ride horses 

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