Neal Huddon-Cossar

Rome-based American activist working on US politics and global environmental issues

Location Icon Rome, Italy

About Me

Activism is my passion. I have always known this to be true, but the last presidential elections in the United States served as the impetus to turn this passion into a real sense of vocation. I am one of the founding members of Women’s March Rome, and have played a lead role in the organization and execution of our Women’s March rallies in 2017 and 2018, as well as a “guerilla-style” banner drop and protest during President Trump’s visit to Rome in May 2017. I am also the Chair of the Rome and Southern Italy Chapter of Democrats Abroad, and an organizer for a grassroots civic action group called American Expats for Positive Change. In these positions, I have led voter registration drives for overseas Americans, fundraisers, panel discussions, social media campaigns, and protests against ignorant and unjust policies of the US government and their political and social reverberations across the globe.

I consider myself a feminist who has been exposed to both discrimination and privilege throughout life. From poverty to environmental degradation, I strongly believe that the problems that plague human society are rooted in patriarchy and gender inequality. Furthermore, as a gay man, I understand the burden of living in an extremely homophobic and hetero-normative society. On the other hand, my status as a white man affords me enormous privilege; I have never had to deal with systemic racial or gender oppression, and therefore still have a lot to learn from other types of marginalized communities.

I am currently a graduate student pursuing a career in climate change policy and sustainable development. I have a BA in International Affairs and am now enrolled in a MSc program in Global Energy and Climate Policy at SOAS University of London.

Beyond my activism and studies, I am a member of the organizing committee for a cultural center in Rome called Rigatteria, and I teach English as a second language. I love hiking, camping, dogs, gastronomy and exploring the world.

Communities I Identify With and/or Want to Collaborate With

Environmental Activists
Youth and Minors

I Want to Take Action on

Clean Air
Clean Water
Climate Change
Combating Corruption
Combating Desertification
Ending Poverty
Forests and Deforestation
Gender Based Violence
Gun Laws
Immigrant Rights
Protecting Evidence-Based Science
Renewable Energy
Reproductive Rights
Sustainable Infrastructure
Transgender Rights
Voting Rights
Women’s Economic Security
Women’s Representation

Areas of Expertise

Chapter Leadership
Climate Change
Community Building
Event Organizing
March Organizing
Social Media
Teaching, ESL