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Keyyana Blount

Foundation Partner/Host Organization: William Penn Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

For the William Penn Foundation, Keyyanna works with the Watershed Protection team to articulate the connections between grant-supported activities and outcomes using their "theory of change" cumulative impact framework. She is a doctoral student at the University of Oregon studying carbon dynamics in estuarine wetlands within the context of wetland restoration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janae Davis

Foundation Partner/Host Organization: National Wildlife Federation, Ann Arbor, MI

Janae assists the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Great Lakes Regional Office and the Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition (HOW) in kicking off their diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts. Janae helps the NWF team clarify and work towards DEI goals related to institutional culture. She also provided feedback on the development of a project to launch the HOW Coalition's DEI efforts and led an assessment of leaders and organizations serving frontline communities. Janae is a doctoral student In Geography at Clark University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vanessa De Anda

Foundation Partner/Host Organization: Pisces Foundation, San Francisco, CA

Vanessa assists the water, environmental education, and climate, and energy programs on various projects, ranging from synthesizing reports for Program Officers to attending webinars with leading environmental experts. She completed her MESM at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at UC Santa Barbara in 2017 with a specialization in Water Resources Management.

 

 

 

 

 

Carla Dhillon

Foundation Partner: CS Mott Foundation

Host Organization: Vision for a Sustainable Environmental Future, Ann Arbor, MI

Carla Dhillon’s research and teaching focus on climate change, environmental justice, and science studies. She is a PhD candidate in environmental social sciences at the University of Michigan’s School for Environment & Sustainability, and a licensed civil engineer. A current project employs a mixed methods social network approach to study collaborations between Indigenous peoples and climate scientists in national scale climate change organizations. Other research has addressed uses of citizen science to pursue environmental justice in urban Southern California. Carla holds an M.S. in regenerative studies from Cal Poly Pomona and a B.S. in civil engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

 

 

 

 

 

Elena Huisman

Foundation Partner/Host Organization: National Environmental Education Foundation, Washington D.C.

Elena was born and raised in Driftwood, Texas, right outside of Austin where her interest in the environment first started. In 2012 she graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, MA with her bachelor's degree in International Affairs and Environmental Studies. Elena went on to earn my Master's degree from the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment in 2016. While in the Environmental Fellows Program she was placed at the National Environmental Education Foundation in Washington D.C. where Elena spent the summer working on evaluation methods and communications projects. Currently, she am a program associate at the Growald Family Fund where she support our climate grant making team.

 

 

 

 

 

Gabriel Jones

Foundation Partner: CS Mott Foundation

Host Organization: Vision for a Sustainable Environmental Future, Ann Arbor, MI

Gabriel Jones is a Southern California native who has steadily moved east over time. As program coordinator with the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA), and proud member of the inaugural cohort of Environmental Fellows, he now assists with planning and coordination for the Fellows Program as well as EGA signature events and communications. During his time as a fellow at the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability, he worked for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program to provide guidance to undergraduate students on navigating through their research placements and around campus resources, lead seminars on critical discussions of equity and the environment, and plan the 2017 Ann Arbor Diversity Forum. Gabriel received his Master's in Environmental Justice and Master's of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan and his Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

 

 

 

 

 

Joanna Lehrman

Foundation Partner/Host Organization: Wege Foundation, Grand Rapids, MI

Joanna Lehrman works on strategies for effective engagement with communities impacted by the restoration of the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids. She prepares recommendations for how to fund inclusive engagement strategies around river restoration. She also works with the foundation to develop organizational Diversity, Equity and Inclusion policies based on best practices, community, and board input. Joanna is a recent graduate from University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources & Environment with a Master’s in Landscape Architecture. 

 

 

 

Erik Martinez

Foundation Partner: Island Foundation

Host Organization: Trustees of Reservations, Marion, MA

Erik is working to support the organization's goal to protect special places located throughout the state of Massachusetts. With the Trustees, he has been able to help develop policies that will help guide Trustees employees on issues dealing with invasive species and land use concerns, as well as assisting with field surveys of sensitive and rare species found on their properties. Erik is a second year Master’s student at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at UC Santa Barbara.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caroline Muraida

Foundation Partner: The New York Community Trust

Host Organizations: Natural Resources Defense Council, New York, NY and WE ACT for Environmental Justice, New York, NY

At the NRDC, Caroline is authoring a policy brief for the planned creation of an equity-centered, municipally-managed electric vehicle car share program in the City of New York. In addition, she contributes to research efforts on the scope of contaminants in public water systems across the United States. With WE ACT for Environmental Justice, Caroline works with organizers conducting an urban heat island effects study as part of the larger Northern Manhattan Climate Action Plan. Caroline is a second year Master’s student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. 

 

 

 

 

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Kiara Ott

Foundation Partner/Host Organization: Environmental Grantmakers Association, New York, NY

 

At the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA), Kiara helps plan distance learning tours to Cuba and Southern Africa. She also assists in communication strategies among all members of the Environmental Fellows Program, and works on developing the EGA website's resources on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Kiara recently graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Master’s in Environmental Health.

 

 

 

 

 

Christianah Oyengua

Foundation Partner: The New York Community Trust

Host Organization: New York City Mayor's Office of Sustainability, New York, NY

As the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory Analyst, Christianah acquires, organizes, manages and analyzes citywide GHG emissions data, and contributes to drafting the GHG Inventory report for the City of New York. She is a doctoral candidate at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU) School of the Environment studying Environmental Science, Policy and Risk Management. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Urooj Raja

Foundation Partner: 11th Hour

Host Organization: The Solutions Project, Washington, D.C.

For The Solutions Project, Urooj is developing a policy tracking infrastructure to help staff make better organizational decisions, and working to enhance an existing story-telling tool. The story-telling tool is a national map that breaks down how states in the U.S. can take a path to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. Her work focuses on user accessibility, simplicity, and to help define how the map will be used. Urooj is a doctoral student in environmental sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. 

 

 

 

 

 

Adrien Salazar

Foundation Partner: 11th Hour

Host Organization: Sustainable Economies Law Center, Oakland, CA

Adrien is the Community Energy and Seed Democracy Intern at the Sustainable Economies Law Center. He is supporting the organization's seed democracy campaign, outreaching to farmer networks, designing a project to assess the seed saving, sharing, and seed production needs of farmers of color and immigrant farmers in California. He is also working with the organization's community energy program researching community-owned renewable projects and community engagement best practices to include in a legal guide to community-owned renewable energy. Adrien just graduated with his MEM degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. 

 

 

 

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Whitney Smith

Foundation Partner: The New York Community Trust

Organization: WE ACT for Environmental Justice, Washington, D.C.

Whitney is working on creating a community fact sheet on the Clean Power Plan in an effort to make this regulation more understandable and digestible to support community advocacy efforts. She will also under-take a GIS mapping project on methane exposure. Whitney just completed her Master's degree in Environmental Justice at University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources & Environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nancy Toure

Foundation Partner: 11th Hour

Host Organization: Earthjustice, San Francisco, CA

Nancy assists the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Earthjustice operationalize the successful execution of organization-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) goals. As part of Earthjustice's Brown Bag Presentation series she provided training to clerks and interns on the history of race and gender in the environmental movement. Nancy attends Northeastern University for graduate school where she concentrates on race and ethnic relations and environmental sociology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teona Williams

Foundation Partner/Host Organization: C.S. Mott Foundation, Flint, MI

Teona is conducting research on African Americans’ attitudes towards urban parks in Flint, Michigan. The project will generate a report that will be used to help local organizations improve their outreach efforts with often-marginalized groups in Flint. Teona is entering her second year as a Master's degree student in Natural Resources & Environment at the University of Michigan.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle Yeh

Foundation Partner: The New York Community Trust

Host Organization: Environmental Defense Fund, New York, NY

As a Natural Resource Intern at the Environmental Defense Fund this summer, Michelle specializes in ecosystem restoration projects, including the Mississippi River Delta Restoration project. She was involved in analyzing National Marine Fisheries Service documentation about the alleged impacts of sediment diversions on fishery and marine mammal habitats. Michelle is also engaged in devising a restoration program for Jamaica Bay, aiding the EDF Climate Corps program with organizing New York-based fellow events, and researching sustainability efforts of the largest real estate companies in New York. Michelle is a second year graduate student at Columbia University studying Sustainability Management.