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Chenier Kliebert

Leaders USA 2023


Executive Director, Imagine Water Works (IWW)





Chenier "Klie" Kliebert is the executive director of Imagine Water Works (IWW), an organization that reimagines the future through art, science, and connection. As founding executive director, Klie has led most of IWW’s programs from their inception to today, focusing on climate, land stewardship, and disaster readiness and response. Since 2018 their work has resulted in a Mutual Aid Response Network of nearly 10,000 Louisiana residents and the distribution of over $350,000 to BIPOC and LGBTQ individuals in response to intersecting social and environmental crises. Klie is passionate about building networks of solidarity and telling the story of Louisiana—particularly with a decolonial racial and gender analysis.