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.

$40,000 awarded to USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station in 2011
The U.S. Forest Service's Northern Research Station, based in Amherst, Massachusetts, hired Susannah Lerman to lead a project to incorporate a wildlife habitat component to the NRS's urban forest evaluation program. The end goal was to improve the Forest Service's overall urban forest...Read more >
$20,000 awarded to Pinchot Institute for Conservation in 2011
The Pinchot Institute for Conservation has been awarded a third year of funding for Amy Rogers as Project Director, continuing to develop a conservation program for the Mache-Chindul Reserve in Ecuador focusing on reforestation and, this year, testing the concept of environmental mortgages. Amy has...Read more >
awarded to Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association in 2011
This grant will allow the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association to expand Leslie Abramson's position to full time at the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Leslie will fill the role of Project Manager for the Whale/Vessel Interactions Project where she will coordinate and guide...Read more >
$15,000 awarded to American Rivers in 2011
Mark Tompkins will continue his consultancy with American Rivers for a second year as technical and policy advisor on the finalization of California's Central Valley Flood Management Plan (CVFMP). The CVFMP is a multi-year process to review the status of flood management infrastructure in...Read more >
$40,000 awarded to Global Diversity Foundation in 2011
Susannah McCandless will work as full-time International Program Director to strengthen the Global Diversity Foundation's capacity to deliver grassroots conservation initiatives. The Global Diversity Foundation (GDF), a UK-based organization, develops programs in partnership with local and...Read more >
$25,000 awarded to Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy in 2011
The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) has hired Doreen Stabinsky as a consultant to advise the organization on a range of issues involving climate change and agriculture. Doreen's expertise will elevate IATP's capacity to provide substantive leadership on the links between...Read more >
$20,000 awarded to Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition in 2011
Dustin Mulvaney will continue his research into the safety and sustainability of the solar photovoltaic industry for a third year. Dustin and Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) will build on the momentum of the past two years of Dustin's role as Research Scientist on the Clean and Just...Read more >
$40,000 awarded to Whale Trust in 2010
Whale Trust received this Leadership Grant to hire Meagan Jones as its first full-time Executive Director. Meagan was one of the founders of the organization in 2001 and has been involved with the organization from the start. This year, she will work closely with Whale Trust’s board of...Read more >
$30,000 awarded to UC Berkeley, Center for Green Chemistry in 2010
Dr. Michael P. Wilson received a second year of funding to continue his role as a public interest research scientist in chemicals policy at UC Berkeley. Mike will serve in his new role as Executive Director of UC Berkeley’s new Center for Green Chemistry. He will continue to play a leadership...Read more >
$30,000 awarded to Maine Department of Conservation in 2010
This grant provides a second year of funding for Misha Mytar’s position as Senior Planner in Maine’s Department of Conservation, Bureau of Parks and Lands. Misha’s work focuses on enhancing the economic and community development potential of conservation lands in rural downeast...Read more >

Spotlight on Leadership

Photo: Bryce Vickmark / MIT
Janelle Heslop is no shrinking violet. She found a voice for herself and the environment when she was in middle school, volunteering as a junior docent for the Hudson River Museum. Today, Heslop is honing her passion into skills in business and engineering through her second and final year of MIT’s Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program. The program provides two degrees: an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and an SM from the School of Engineering, giving Heslop the foundation to pursue her dream of transforming businesses around their environmental impact. “You can make fun and interesting products that also take good care of our natural resources,” she says.Read more >

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