This is our story. ACE’s Annual Report

Leah Qusba


December 15, 2020

ACE 2020 Annual Report

Please click here to read ACE’s 2020 Annual Report.

This year has been filled with the highest highs and the lowest lows. We struggled individually and collectively in new and challenging ways—from COVID-19 to fighting for racial justice. At the same time, we solved challenging problems. We rose to new heights of unimaginable creativity. And, most importantly, we found a way forward— together.

All in all, it’s been a big year for ACE in many ways. We more than doubled the size of the organization, reached tens of millions of young people with our campaigns, ran one of the largest youth and climate civic engagement programs in the nation, grew our ACE Youth Action Network membership to more than half a million young people in all 50 states, and contributed to the highest youth voter turnout in our nation’s history.

While we acknowledge all that we have achieved this year, we know that now is not the time to rest. The climate crisis doesn’t rest. Fossil fuel devastation doesn’t rest. The most active Atlantic hurricane season in history doesn’t rest. COVID-19 has exposed more cracks and injustices in our democracy, economy, and healthcare system that disproportionately impact communities of color. These same communities are also the first and worst hit by the impacts of fossil fuel development, climate change, and environmental injustice. These are the young people that make up the majority of ACE’s community of half a million youth across the nation, and that we will continue to center in our work.

As we prepare to enter a new year, we know that our most important work is yet to come. We recently kicked off a new strategic planning process to level up all aspects of our programs over the next several years, launching in summer 2021. We feel so fortunate to have the trust, support and respect of our community as we explore this next phase of our work.

Most importantly, we continue to believe in the power of young people to fight for climate justice, and to be the generation that transforms our society into one that is more just, equitable and prosperous for all. While we say farewell to 2020—the year of making history and breaking records—we energetically welcome 2021—the year we take our future back. Stay tuned for all that is yet to come as we unveil our most ambitious and important plans yet. With many thanks — onward,

Leah Qusba

Executive Director

Leah Qusba

Leah Qusba

Executive Director

Leah joined ACE in 2009 and is currently serving as Executive Director. She brings with her more than 12 years of experience in the nonprofit sector as a relationship-builder, communicator and strategic problem solver.

More Blog Posts

ACE Youth Action Network Demands President Donald Trump NOT Lease Public Lands in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for Fossil Fuel Exploration

Over 13,600 Alliance for Climate Education supporters from across the country have signed on to this letter.​ We need you to hear us loudly and clearly: President Donald Trump, do NOT lease our public lands in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for fossil fuel exploration.

Read More
Valerie Alexander

Valerie Alexander Joins the ACE Board

We are thrilled to announce that Valerie Alexander has joined the Board of Directors at Alliance for Climate Education. Valerie …

Read More
38685316111_9ce00bb006_k (2)

Announcing Youth Talk Climate, a New Podcast from ACE Action Fellows

Introducing Youth Talk Climate, a podcast devoted to exploring climate justice through different lenses by talking to people from all walks of life. Topics include; limnology, youth led climate organizations and racial justice as well as many others. We are so excited to share with you all we’ve learned from these experts and share our passion for all things environmental.

Read More
View More