Leadership Stories

Aug 10, 2019
The latest episode of ESSENCE Magazine's UnBossed podcast features Fellow Ayana Johnson. She says, "I really strongly believe that one of the reasons that the environmental movement has not succeeded to the extent that it needs to so far is that it’s been dominated visibly by White people.”Read more >
Jul 8, 2019
By providing a feminist history of the National School Lunch Program, Fellow Jennifer Gaddis recasts the humble school lunch as an important and often overlooked form of public care. Through vivid narration and moral heft, her new book, The Labor of Lunch, offers a stirring call to action and a blueprint for school lunch reforms capable of delivering a healthier, more equitable, caring, and sustainable future.Read more >
Jun 9, 2019
With Fellow Amanda Beal at the helm of Maine's agriculture department, the state is uniquely positioned to push forward into the role of regional breadbasket that she helped lay in the 2014 report "A New England Food Vision"—and set a national example for how to build a sustainable, healthy, and just regional food system.Read more >
May 21, 2019
Fellow Holmes Hummel is the Founding Director of Clean Energy Works , a nonprofit organization that seeks to accelerate private capital utility investments in inclusive clean energy solutions. After the Great Recession of the last decade, as government stimulus funds started to wane, utilities...Read more >
May 21, 2019
Fellow Colleen Callahan is deputy director of the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation , which conducts research and advises civic partners on the design and implementation of policies, plans and programs with a focus on advancing environmental sustainability. Part of Callahan’s job is to make sure...Read more >
May 21, 2019
Fellow Derek Lemoine is an Associate Professor of Economics at The University of Arizona , where his research combines economic theory and computational methods to better understand the dynamics of environmental policy and of energy systems. Although his work on electric vehicles (EV) was during...Read more >
May 21, 2019
Fellow Garrett Fitzgerald is the Strategic Collaboration Director at the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), where he helps the organization’s local government members advance their work in sustainability. Peer learning and collaboration represent the core of USDN, according to...Read more >
May 21, 2019
Fellow Sherry Login, the manager of electric vehicles for Consolidated Edison (Con Edison) in New York, manages all customer-facing electric vehicle (EV) programs for the company. Her special project, however, is SmartCharge New York , an off-peak charging incentive program that she created two...Read more >
May 21, 2019
Fellow Stuart Cohen, who recently transitioned to private consulting practice after serving as the Founding Executive Director of TransForm for 21 years, is passionate about ensuring that urban communities that need mobility solutions the most get them. TransForm's mission, according to their...Read more >
May 21, 2019
As the policy manager for autonomous vehicle policy at AAA Northern California, Nevada and Utah , Fellow Xantha Bruso is developing and implementing AAA’s AV policy strategy to advance AV safety while enabling innovation. She also supports strategic initiatives to accelerate AV deployment and...Read more >

Spotlight on Leadership

Strengthening Resiliency in Sierra Nevada Meadows
Doug Johnson sees the increasingly severe drought in California as a chance to educate people about the importance of invasive plant management at the landscape level in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The Sierras are an important source of water for all of California, with snowpack formed in winter melting over the spring and summer months and running down to the dry parts of the state. Invasives, some of which are known to be water hungry compared to competing vegetation, can reduce the capacity of Sierra meadows to perform this valuable function. For the state’s residents and agricultural industry, this could make a bad problem worse.Read more >

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