Dr. Abrash Walton serves as an administrative leader and faculty in Antioch University’s Department of Environmental Studies. Her recent engagement includes contributing as an invited reviewer for the 2020 U.S. Government Review, Working Group II contribution to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report, as a founding Steering Committee member of Engaging Scientists and Engineers in Policy, and as an advisory board member of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment. Her areas of research, practice, and public engagement have focused on extractive industries and affected communities, fossil fuel divestment, mission-aligned leadership, and climate resilience.
As founding director of the Center for Academic Innovation and in her current roles, she has created, led – and mobilized external resources to support – academic, professional development, and applied research/public engagement programming and graduate student scholarships. Under her leadership, the New England campus implemented a range of sustainability and social justice infrastructure and programming, including an EV-charging station, porous pavement, gender-inclusive/family restroom, bike shelter, campus recycling/composting, and reduction of campus electricity usage by 68% cumulatively over a seven-year period through low-/no-cost behavior change and mini-tech programs.
Previously, she served as program director for the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights, and Visiting Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program. Abigail has served as a commentator for The Washington Post, The New York Times, National Public Radio, “Democracy Now!” and PBS News Hour, among other media outlets. She has a deep commitment to civic engagement, with appointments at the municipal and state levels.