Facilitated by: Vanessa López, TREC
Join TREC and industry leaders for a facilitated panel discussion on racial and ethnic diversity in the environmental field. Workplace fairness and D.E.I. continue to increase as a priority for environmental and conservation non-profits, but many leaders are still working to define their vision for a fair and equitable workplace, especially when it comes to racial and ethnic diversity. Andrés Jimenez, Executive Director of Green 2.0, Yamina Nater-Otero, Co-Director of the Ray Fellowship program, and Anna-Liza Badaloo, Vision 2030 Associate at Sustainability Network and founder of Anemochory Consulting, will share stories about how the U.S. and Canadian environmental non-profit field is changing, and what organizational leaders can do to create an inclusive and fair culture for B.I.P.O.C. employees, for the benefit of all.
*This webinar is made possible by the generous support of Wilburforce Foundation and is offered free of charge.
Yamina (she/they) is Co-Director of the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Fellowship Program. Inspired by her Puerto Rican heritage, lifelong residence in Newark, NJ and her time as a paraprofessional in both high- and low-income school districts, she strives for equity in education and conservation. They have been interviewed by various podcasts, education publications and newspapers about topics such as urban birding and biodiversity, redefining “the outdoors”, and equitable environmental education.
Before joining the RAY Fellowship team, they worked at Audubon NY delivering education programs to NYC students and engaging various communities across the 5 boroughs. As co-chair of the Birds Fund, they were able to support BIPOC birders in STEM both financially and through networking.
Outside of work Yamina enjoys spending time with her Boston Terriers, birding locally, all things spooky, terrible puns, and consuming vast amounts of pop culture.
Anna-Liza Badaloo (she/her) is an organizational consultant, un-learner, and inclusive storyteller working at the intersection of health, environment, and social justice. Her lived experience as a queer, Indo-Caribbean, neurodiverse woman brings a valuable intersectional perspective to her work.
Viewing organizational justice and belonging through the lens of empathy, her decolonized, intersectional approach helps organizations identify how systemic discriminatory structures are embedded into their ways of working, and co-designs strategies to raise awareness and dismantle barriers. Committed to amplifying diverse voices, her work uncovers how colonial, capitalist, heteronormative, and ableist systems harm equity-deserving communities.
Currently, she is an Associate with the Sustainability Network, building environmental non-profit capacity via the Vision2030 Project. She hosts the Institute for Natural Medicine’s podcast, The ND Will See You Now, and writes about integrative medicine and health equity. Anna-Liza is regular contributor to magazines including QBiz (serving Canada’s queer business community), She is Wise (Ontario Native Women’s Association), and the Aboriginal Business Report (Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business).
Andrés Jimenez, a long time environmental advocate, is Green 2.0’s first full-time Executive Director, tapped by the organization’s Board of Directors for the position in June 2020. Andrés is a strategic thinker and relationship-builder who maintains a deep, empathetic connection to the issues and communities he advocates.
Prior to Green 2.0, Andrés was Senior Director of Government Affairs at Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), where he worked with Congress to help expand the organization’s voice and legislative impact. While Associate Director of Government Relations at the Ocean Conservancy, he championed bipartisan solutions to critical issues including ocean acidification and sustainable fisheries.
Andrés has a long record of public service, early in his career supporting the Mayor of New York City; the U.S. House Judiciary’s Immigration Subcommittee; and two members of Congress, Rep. Linda Sanchez, and former Rep. Howard Berman.
Andrés also is an active member of GreenLatinos and the board for the Culmore Clinic. He was appointed as Planning Commissioner for Fairfax County, Virginia in 2020 where he served until September 2023.
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