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.

$30,000 awarded to Center for Environmental Health in 2014
The Center for Environmental Health, based in Oakland, California, received $30,000 to help fund Sue Chiang's work in a new programmatic area for the organization. Sue, the Co-Director of CEH's Pollution Prevention Program, will play a lead role in a new program that will investigate and,...Read more >
$40,000 awarded to The Association of State Wetland Managers, Inc. in 2014
The Association of State Wetland Managers received a $40,000 Leadership grant to hire Dr. Brenda Zollitsch in a new staff position of Policy Analyst. Brenda, a recent PhD graduate from the University of Southern Maine's Muskie School of Public Service, will provide policy analysis and...Read more >
$40,000 awarded to International Rivers in 2013
International Rivers received a $40,000 Leadership Grant to create a new position for Dipti Vaghela as Energy Solutions Coordinator. In this position, Dipti will integrate with staff in the organization's Energy Solutions and Climate programs to analyze the potential for micro hydropower as an...Read more >
$20,000 awarded to Community Water Center in 2013
The Community Water Center (CWC) received a second year of Switzer funding for Dr. Carolina Balazs's position as Research Scientist. Carolina is developing short- and long-term research projects for CWC that will inform its advocacy efforts for clean drinking water and public health in...Read more >
$30,000 awarded to Global Diversity Fund, Inc. in 2013
Global Diversity Fund, Inc. (GDF), received a $30,000 second-year grant to continue funding for Susannah McCandless's position as International Program Director. GDF is an international community-based conservation organization focusing on biocultural diversity with programs developed and...Read more >
$35,000 awarded to Wildlife Conservation Society in 2013
This second-year grant provides continued funding for Sarah Reed's work as project leader for the Western Private Lands and Connectivity Conservation project, and for her new full time staff position as Associate Conservation Scientist at Wildlife Conservation Society. Sarah's work informs...Read more >
$40,000 awarded to SERC Institute in 2012
Eunice Blavascunas will join the staff of SERC Institute as a social scientist responsible for developing a social science program for the organization. SERC Institute, located on the Schoodic Peninsula in Winter Harbor, Maine, was created in 2004 as a National Park Service Research Learning Center...Read more >
$40,000 awarded to San Francisco Estuary Institute in 2012
This grant will fund Chuck Striplen's time as environmental scientist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) to create a new Tribal Initiative within the Historical Ecology Program of the organization. The Initiative will integrate the historical, ecological and cultural knowledge of...Read more >
$30,600 awarded to Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association in 2012
In this second year of Switzer funding, Leslie Abramson will continue to lead an interdisciplinary working group addressing the issue of whales and ship strikes in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. This area off the coast of San Francisco provides breeding and feeding grounds...Read more >
$30,000 awarded to Whale Trust in 2012
Whale Trust received a second year of support for Meagan Jones as its first full-time Executive Director. Meagan co-founded the organization in 2001 while getting her PhD, and began working full time after finishing her degree. Meagan is leading the organization through the next phase of its growth...Read more >

Spotlight on Leadership

Jennifer O'Leary: Pew Fellowship funds Cal Poly biologist's study of Indian Ocean
Fellow Jennifer O’Leary recently received a prestigious Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation and is freshly back on California's Central Coast from management and conservation work she’s doing in East Africa and the Western Indian Ocean partially supported by a Switzer Leadership Grant.Read more >

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