Recent Recipients

Following is a selection of recent Switzer Leadership Program Grants.  These grants are awarded to organizations working with a Switzer Fellow on critical environmental issues, providing ample leadership development opportunities for the Switzer Fellow, and building the organization’s capacity on the issue. Leadership Grants have supported Fellows in national organizations such as Wildlife Conservation Society and Clean Air Task Force, as well more local grassroots programs such as Sierra Watch and California Institute for Rural Studies. In all cases, projects aim to use a Switzer Fellow's science, policy, or technical expertise to achieve positive and equitable environmental outcomes.

$20,000 awarded to http://www.cnps.org in 2019
California Native Plant Society (CNPS) hired Nick Jensen as its first Southern California Conservation Analyst in 2017, with support from a Switzer Leadership Grant. This second year of funding will provide continued support as CNPS integrates Nick’s position into the long-term plans for the...Read more >
$22,000 awarded to Silent Spring Institute in 2018
Lauren Richter has been hired as Research Scientist with Silent Spring Institute to lead a community-based participatory research project on highly fluorinated chemical contamination of drinking water in New England. Per- and polyfluorinated compounds (PFAS) are a pressing public health and...Read more >
$25,000 awarded to https://www.nhsea.org/ in 2017
New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association (NHSEA) hired Henry Herndon as its first Director of Local Energy Solutions with support from the Switzer Foundation. NHSEA, based in Concord, New Hampshire, is a statewide non-profit dedicated to the advancement of clean energy throughout the state...Read more >
$25,000 awarded to California Native Plant Society in 2017
California Native Plant Society created a new position of Southern California Conservation Analyst for Nick Jensen, after his graduation with his PhD in Botany from Claremont Graduate University in 2018. Nick leads this statewide organization’s conservation and advocacy efforts throughout southern...Read more >
$25,000 awarded to Environmental Health Coalition in 2017
Environmental Health Coalition has hired Carolina Prado as Senior Research Scientist, leading two new initiatives for the organization. Carolina will plan and implement a project that is a natural extension of her PhD dissertation research, mapping environmental health indicators in eastern Tijuana...Read more >
$25,000 awarded to Manomet in 2017
With Switzer Leadership Grant support, Manomet hired Marissa McMahan in a new staff position of Senior Scientist, based in its Brunswick, Maine, office. Marissa took the lead on developing a viable, long-term applied science program helping Maine's fishing communities with climate adaptation...Read more >
$40,000 awarded to Audubon South Carolina in 2016
Heather Hulton VanTassel has been hired by Audubon South Carolina as its Manager of Sustainable Solutions, lead its new Bird Friendly Communities program and other climate resiliency initiatives. The Atlantic Flyway is a major travel corridor for many bird species, some of which travel hundreds or...Read more >
$15,000 awarded to California Institute for Rural Studies in 2015
This grant provides continued funding to support Ildi Carlisle-Cummins in her newly created position of Director of the Cal Ag Roots Project. This project seeks to shift the course of California agricultural policy to a more socially equitable and ecologically sustainable system. It is taking a...Read more >
$55,000 awarded to Amazon Watch in 2015
Amazon Watch is partnering with Dr. Tracey Osborne to lead the Climate Alliance Mapping Project. This project is a critical piece in a larger climate equity campaign with Amazon Watch, the Sierra Club, and other partners which spans the Americas and focuses on keeping fossil fuels in the ground...Read more >
$15,000 awarded to Sierra Watch in 2015
Sierra Watch received $15,000 for a second year of funding to support Isaac Silverman’s position as Staff Attorney. This position was created in 2014 with help from a $40,000 Switzer Leadership Grant. In this second year, Isaac will be chiefly responsible for providing legal and regulatory...Read more >

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