Johanna received her M.Sc. in sustainable innovation from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She first worked with The Democracy Collaborative as a Master’s student while conducting research on how public ownership of electric utilities can be used as a strategy for energy democracy. She also has a B.A. in Environmental Policy from Barnard College, where she was an Athena Scholar for Women’s Leadership. She has organized around climate both in the United States and the Netherlands and most recently worked on divestment campaigns for pension funds, universities, and cultural institutions alongside groups such as Fossil Free NL and BothENDS. She was previously an Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Fellow, working to bridge the gap between scientists and society.
- New York Times
The research, conducted by 38 academics and practitioners from around the country and published with the knowledge of the Fed’s board of governors, presents in precise language a dire picture of the risks of a changing climate, and warns that local governments don’t have the means to deal with them. The Democracy Collaborative's Johanna Bozuwa and Thomas Hanna contributed a paper titled "Building Community Wealth through Community Resilience."
- Community Development Innovation Review
If climate planning efforts do not take concerns around equity, justice, and power into consideration during implementation, they have the potential to further segregate U.S. cities; contribute to widening economic, social, and health inequality; and even, in the extreme, create wealthy, ecological enclaves disconnected from the rest of society.
California’s recent blackout shows how desperately we need to replace private utilities with community-controlled, publicly-owned, green energy systems.
“I can’t say how frustrated I am,” says a city councilor in Paradise, a town that was completely razed by the 2018 fires caused by PG&E.
Environmental justice has always been a struggle against colonization and capital. The Green New Deal can be a part of this struggle, but only if it offers an eco-socialist vision as big as the Global South. [...] Because the economic and environmental future of the entire Global South is determined by a fossil fuel industry largely headquartered in the U.S., we must treat this report like a hitlist to build eco-socialism on the international scale that true eco-socialism requires. Only nationalizing U.S. energy production can do that—and do it fast, by “us[ing] public ownership to plan the sector for obsolescence,” as Johanna Bozuwa and Thomas M. Hanna from Democracy Collaborative write.