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Our Staff

Dominika Parry, PhD


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Dominika Parry is the founding President of 2CMississippi. She is an environmental economist, professionally and personally passionate about climate change.  Dominika established 2C Mississippi to promote a bipartisan, science-based dialog and action on climate change in Mississippi.  Dominika received her PhD in 2003 from Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she also trained as a Postdoctoral Associate, working on valuation of air pollution damages.  She spent most of her career in academia as an Assistant Professor at the Earth and Environment Department at Boston University, Visiting Assistant Professor at the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at University of Kentucky, and a Researcher at the Department of Forestry and Wildlife Ecology University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she worked on climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies for federally and state owned land management. 

Since moving to Mississippi, in 2013, Dominika became an Independent Consultant in Environmental Economics and Policy working on a variety of projects including local support for Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee, Vicksburg, MS and publishing a report on the Economic Impact Analysis of the Lower Mississippi River.  In 2016, Dominika founded a Jackson Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby.  Currently, she is both the Jackson Chapter Leader as well as a pro-bono State Coordinator for CCL in Mississippi leading local efforts in support of federal climate change regulations.  

Dominika received also a BA/MS in Sociology from Warsaw University in Poland and completed two years of PhD work in Political Science at the University of Maryland, College Park.  She was a Research Fellow at the Warsaw Ecological Economics Center, Warsaw University conducting  international valuation studies on eutrophication in the Baltic Sea; endangerment of Polish wetlands; and protection of lynx population in the Carpathian Mountains.  In the summer of 1999, she participated in the Young Scientists Summer Program International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA) in Austria.  She worked there on costing standard harmonization in the European Union.

Dominika is a native of Poland, but after 25 years of moving across the US, she and her family chose Mississippi as their forever home.  She lives with her two sons, husband, two dogs, nine fish, hermit crab and an occasional toad in Ridgeland Mississippi. 

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Berneece Herbert, PhD

Director of Equity and Community Engagement

Dr. Berneece Herbert joined the 2C Mississippi team in 2020 as a member of the Board of Directors. In 2022, she stepped down from the board to become the Director of Equity and Community Engagement. She holds this position while also chairing the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Jackson State University (JSU). Dr. Herbert is an experienced educator and planner with over 20 years of academic, research and community engagement experience. As an Urban Planner, she focuses on socio-economic development, strategic planning and management, and public sector investment planning and policy formulation. Her research areas include urban health indicators, sustainable economic development and social equity concentrating on food security, climate change, and community engagement. Other areas of interest include assessment, big data analytics and transforming data into actionable insights. Prior to the appointment at JSU, Dr. Herbert was a faculty member at Alabama A&M University’s for over 12 years and served as the Interim Chair for the Department of Community & Regional Planning for three years from fall 2015.

Dr. Herbert is an avid grant writer and has been Principal Investigator for a number of competitive grants on climate change, food security, solar energy, and recruitment and retention in higher education. She has worked as a consultant on a variety of plans such as HUD Consolidated Plans, and on comprehensive plans for various cities and strategic plans for small businesses. She has served as a reviewer and team lead for USDA’s Local Foods Promotion Program. Dr. Herbert was highlighted as a Featured Faculty by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP). She served as an ACSP Conference Chair Tract 9 – Food Systems, Community Health, and Safety. She also currently serves as one of the two southeastern representatives on the ACSP Board and as a member of the Planning Accreditation Board Standards Review Taskforce.

As service to her local community, she functioned as President of the Caribbean Association of North Alabama, 2018/2019. She was also mentor to the winner of the small business innovation grant for the 2016 State Department’s Young Leaders of America Initiative. Currently Dr. Herbert is spearheading a number of activities with local organizations in Jackson MS. She is a member of the City of Jackson’s Climate Change Taskforce and Harword Public Innovators Lab Team.

Kayla Crossley

Health and Community Engagement Coordinator

Kayla grew up in Piney Woods, MS and graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in Sociology. Her experiences in rural & urban America have drawn her to pursue a career in public health. Her background in social sciences and interest in medicine has led her to look at issues of accessibility, equity, and the role that environmental exposures play in public health issues. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and enjoys exercising, cooking, and traveling in her free time.

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