deniseAbdul-Rahman’s main passion everyday is working toward a vision that eliminates environmental injustice and increases clean energy, healthy, thriving, resistant and sustainable communities.

Abdul-Rahman holds a BS in management, MBA in healthcare management and a health informatics designation from Indiana University School of Informatics.

Abdul-Rahman has provided guest lectures and presentations at DePauw University, IU Robert McKinney School of Law, IUPUI School of Sociology, Purdue University, Smith University (Popular Economics Summer Institute) and Butler University.

January 2016, she served as one of the external reviewers for American Council for an Energy-Efficiency Economy (ACEEE), Energy Affordability, Lifting the High Energy Burden in America’s Largest Cities: How Energy Efficiency Can Improve Low Income and Underserved Communities. Her research for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, Indiana Billing Symposium is publicized in National Regulatory Research Institute Report No. 16-02, March 2016.

Abdul-Rahman has organized and facilitated forums on “Bridging the Gap: Connecting Black Communities to the Green Economy,” a town hall entitled “Just Energy: Reducing Pollution and Creating Jobs”, an ‘ECJ, Community Empowerment Workshop, Clean Power Plan and Our Communities, and a National Adaption, panelist on Eco Districts.

This year, she successfully organized over 85 attendees from across the Midwest to the United States Environmental Protection Agency at Region V. This was done in partnership with Climate Justice Alliance, Our Power Campaign. On February 2016, Indianapolis Power Light stopped burning coal. She organized the Just Energy Campaign, and called for a retirement date by 2016, and won. The advocacy of the Just Energy Campaign was instrumental and crucial in the defeat of House Bill 1320, there are no fees charged to distributed generation of energy in Indiana. This victory rose to national coverage within LA Times and Bloomberg News. Abdul-Rahman has personally accepted three awards in recognition for this body of work.

She serves as the NAACP Indiana as an Environmental Climate Justice Chair, as well as, Climate Justice Alliance Steering
Committee (Our Power Plan EPA Region V Organizer), Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (Credentialed Delegate to Paris COP 21), USCAN 2016 Conference Steering Committee, RE-AMP, Midwest Energy News 40 Under 40 Selection Advisory Committee 2015, Hoosier Sierra Club Executive Committee Member, Earth Charter Indiana Board Member, and Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana Board Member.