Madeleine is an environmental youth activist, scientist, model, and artist born and raised in NYC. She has been speaking out against water issues since the age of nine, when she founded her first non-profit organization which raised awareness about climate change and water drought in Africa and was acknowledged by Bill McKibben's national climate rally. At the age of 16, Madeleine appeared as one of six youth plaintiffs as part of the hugely influential Our Children’s Trust lawsuit, which sued the US government and the EPA and reached the Supreme Court. Madeleine has traveled to communities like Alberta, Canada for the Healing Walk with the Beaver Lake Cree Nation, and the remote Secoya territory of the Ecuadorian Amazon as well as other native tribes impacted by fossil fuel extraction in their home territory.
Madeleine graduated from Barnard College in 2018 with a degree in Environmental Policy and completed her thesis on global microplastics science and legislation at the renowned Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. As an ambassador and advisory board member of the 5Gyres Institute, she specializes in marine microplastic pollution research and legislation. Madeleine has conducted research in Indonesia, the Arctic, the Bermuda Triangle, and the Galápagos Islands as Science Communications Manager with 5Gyres. Madeleine is also the Microplastics Policy and Science Fellow at Seeding Sovereignty, a women and indigenous-led environmental organization. Madeleine is also currently completing a silkscreen portfolio under mentor Tomas Vu-Daniel, and writing an album with TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone.
In her fashion work, Madeleine chooses to collaborate with environmentally-focused fashion brands that reflect her sustainable and vegan values, and whose messages she can help amplify. Madeleine has spoken at countless events globally, and works to communicate complex environmental issues to her peers with creativity, compassion, and empathy.