Honors & Awards

24 New Top Local Environmental Leaders

The Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) has selected 24 emerging
environmental leaders from the Greater Boston Region for a prestigious
year-long fellowship program aimed at enhancing the capacity of the
environmental movement. These new ELP fellows represent the cutting edge of
environmental thought, policy, and action, and embody the increasingly
diverse field of environmental leadership. This class will join the first
previous class in the Greater Boston Region working for a just and
sustainable future.
With environmentalism walking onto the stage at the Oscars,
building unlikely alliances between big businesses and grassroots activists,
and uniting evangelicals with conservation organizations, we are witnessing
the birth of a new era in the US environmental movement. This high point in
environmental awareness makes it more important than ever to turn interest
and good intentions into effective leadership and solutions. The
traditional environmental movement must also make room for a variety of
diverse new voices at the table.
Represented in ELP’s Greater Boston 2007 Fellowship class are a colorful
spectrum of perspectives and backgrounds. This class goes beyond a narrow
definition of environmentalism to include government employees, non-profit
founders, educators, and entrepreneurs. While not all ELP fellows have the
word “environment” in their titles, all are doing significant work on their
own piece of the larger environmental puzzle.
Through ELP’s training program and network of visionary leaders, these
fellows will gain opportunities for professional development, collaborative
cross-sectoral projects, and feedback and support from a national community.
The 2007 Greater Boston Fellows will bring their skills and expertise to the
larger community of environmental leaders and will also bring increased
leadership skills and the collaborative power of hundreds of environmental
thinkers back home to the Greater Boston Region.
The 2007 Greater Boston ELP Fellows Are:
Matthew Alvarado – PhD Student at MIT in Atmospheric Chemistry, Brookline
Democratic Town Committee Member.
Eric Becker – Vice President, Trillium Asset Management
Pamela Bush – Community Organizer, Greater Four Corners Action Coalition
Todd Callaghan — Regional Planner/Water Quality Specialist,
Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
Kimberly Coletti — Regional Program Manager, The Americas, Earthwatch
Dan Gatmaytan – Adjunct Professor, Northeastern University School of Law and
Associate Professor, University of the Philippines, College of Law
Rose Gonzalez – Program Manager, Groundwork Lawrence
Trina Hofreiter — CityRoots and Yard to Oasis Program Manager, Urban
Ecology Institute
Trina Jackson – Board Member, Alternatives for Community and Environment
Kate Killerlain Morrison – Ocean Policy Analyst, Massachusetts Office of
Coastal Zone Management
Jennifer Lawrence – Executive Director, Groundwork Somerville
Tennis Lilly – Chairperson of the Lawrence Conservation Commission and Board
Member of Arlington Community Trabajando
Abby Lindsay — Graduate Student, Tufts University Urban and Environmental
Policy and Planning Program
Roxan McKinnon– Assistant Coordinator, Boston Tenant Coalition
Sanjeeta Singh Negi – Graduate Student, The Heller School for Social Policy
and Management, Brandeis University and Founder Chairman, National
Organisation for Sustainable Development (NOSD), India
Mark Orlowski — Founder & Executive Director, Sustainable Endowments
Charissa Rigano – Program Manager, Pure Strategies
Jenna Ringelheim — Senior Project Associate, The Trust for Public Land
Anthony Sanchez — Board President, Eagle Eye Institute
Ari Shapiro — PhD Student in Biological Oceanography, MIT & Woods Hole
Oceanographic Institute
Yeumei Shon – Directing Manager, Cottonfield, LLC
Krissa Skogen – PhD Student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University
of Connecticut
Nebulla Stephen – Program Coordinator at B.O.L.D Teens and Graduate Student
in Anthropology, Brandeis University
Wendy Waller – Policy Specialist, Save The Bay — Narragansett Bay
The Environmental Leadership Program inspires visionary, action-oriented and
diverse leadership to work for a just and sustainable future. ELP’s
intensive fellowship program develops a diverse community of leaders with
the ability to collaborate across institutional and cultural barriers and
the skills and networks to achieve social change. ELP’s national network
includes corporate environmental officers, non-profit founders, local
government officials, environmental educators, environmental justice
activists, and many other individuals working in a wide variety of sectors.
Morgan T Innes
Environmental Leadership Program
Communications and Technology Coordinator