Savannah Pearson


Savannah Pearson is an Administrative Associate at the Center for Sustainable Development. She provides administrative support for Director Jeffrey D. Sachs. 

Savannah graduated magna cum laude from Columbia in May 2020 with her B.A. in Comparative Literature and Society. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and studied the intersections between eco-theory, climate politics, and storytelling. As an undergraduate, Savannah worked as a Coordinator for Community Lunch Soup Kitchen. She also organized outreach and action for Extinction Rebellion’s fossil fuel divestment campaign and subsequent divestment proposal.

In 2019, Savannah completed research at the Human Rights Institute for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, tracking the evolution of human rights discourse over the course of the 20th and 21st centuries. She also worked for the NGO, Refugee Info Bus, providing emergency services for refugee communities in Calais. During the 2020 election, she analyzed hundreds of environmental rollbacks to support a climate policy project preparing action items for the Biden Administration. 

Savannah is originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, but has lived and worked in Spain, Colombia, and Ecuador. She has a background in creative writing, and most of her stories address environmental themes. She is interested in how storytelling may function to increase climate literacy and inspire collective action.