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Northwestern University School of Law/Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
Northern Trust Point Scholar
Growing up gay in conservative rural Arkansas, A.J. became a clean energy and environmental advocate because nature often provided his only source of refuge. While coming to terms with his sexuality, A.J. overcame significant hardships at home and school. A first-generation college student, he achieved his B.A. in earth and planetary sciences, and spent five years in Washington, D.C., working to advance clean energy and environmental strategies across both the public and private sectors. A.J., the survivor of a hate crime, chaired Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV), DC's LGBT Anti-Violence Task Force, and helped lead a march of hundreds across the city in protest of hate violence plaguing the LGBTQ community. A.J. also spearheaded GLOV's successful efforts to garner support among city leaders for hate crime reduction and to effect reforms in the Metropolitan Police Department. A.J. obtained a J.D./M.B.A at Northwestern University, focusing on environmental law and clean energy entrepreneurship. He works to ensure that a protected environment is available for all people and to advance LGBTQ rights in the legal and business sectors. While obtaining his degrees, A.J. was Co-President of Northwestern OUTLaw, where he led initiatives improving LGBTQ diversity in legal professions and bringing awareness to transgender legal rights.