Full Name
Queen Shabazz
Job Title
CEO, Virginia Environmental Justice Collaborative (VEJC); Founder, United Parents Against Lead
Virginia Environmental Justice Collaborative (VEJC) ; United Parents Against Lead
Speaker Bio
Queen Zakia Shabazz is an author, educator, lecturer, and environmental justice advocate. Her work began in 1996 when she discovered that her young son had been poisoned by lead, prompting her to establish United Parents Against Lead (UPAL). UPAL is a national networking organization of and for parents of children poisoned by lead that works to end the threat of lead poisoning and other environmental hazards through education and awareness, advocacy, intervention, and resource referral.

In addition to serving as executive director of UPAL, Shabazz is a local Stand for Children Organizer, a position she's held since 1996. She currently serves as CEO of the Virginia Environmental Justice Collaborative (VEJC) and is a member of the Lead Service Line Replacement Collaborative. Shabazz is an inaugural Community Partners in Residence fellow at the University of Richmond, and a former elementary school teacher. As an advocate for Adult Literacy she has served as a READ Center Board member and on the advisory board of the Senate Joint Subcommittee Studying Lead Poisoning Prevention. Shabazz continues to provide valuable insight, time and dedication towards the eradication of lead poisoning.

Queen Shabazz holds a bachelor's in business administration and a paralegal certificate specializing in Real Estate and civil litigation. She is also a notary public. and a 2019 graduate of the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) EJ Academy.
Queen Shabazz