Welcome to the Center for Diversity & the Environment

We harness the power of racial & ethnic diversity to transform the U.S. environmental movement by developing leaders, catalyzing change within institutions, and building alliances.

We are thrilled to announce that we have launched a search for our new Executive Director/Co-Director! We want your help in this search. Please share broadly with your networks or consider applying!

The Executive Director/Co-Director (ED/CD) will partner with the National Programs Director to lead, manage, and oversee all aspects of the organization. The position offers a unique opportunity to take this successful, innovative program to another level of growth. Setting and guiding the development strategy for the organization as well as overseeing all aspects of the organization’s finance and operations are primary opportunities facing the new ED/CD. Working with a Board of Directors and a small staff, the new ED/CD will have the chance to bring their vision and entrepreneurial approach to the organization and help it flourish as a national leader in environmental diversity. See more here…


  Queta and Lilita with Park Youth Collaborative leaders at Crissy Field Center in December

In 2015, CDE:

Convened two Environment 2042 Leadership Program cohorts & an Exploring Power, Privilege and Tools for Change Retreat with over 55 participants

Delivered 14 organizational trainings ranging from basic trainings to strategy development, working with hundreds of folks

Uplifted our colleagues in this work by volunteering time & energy in support of their work and strengthening our communities

Grew our National Environmental Professionals of Color membership to over 1,150 people, with chapters across the country in Portland, LA, Seattle, NYC, DC and building start-up steam in Kansas City, San Diego and Denver


Baby Rio

Our CDE family is growing! Congratulations to our extraordinary board member Marisa Aurora Quiroz & her partner Steven on the arrival of healthy baby Rio Aurora this August! 



We want this to be the year in which all of our collective work tips the scales on diversity, equity & inclusion initiatives in the environmental movement. Be part of the change.









Our Theory of Change

The Center for Diversity & the Environment grew out of the belief that everyone has a place in the environmental movement. Everything we do at CDE supports this vision of inclusivity. We build bridges between communities of color and the environmental community, fostering a fundamental revolution of the environmental movement–into an equitable, inclusive, and diverse coalition of people at work on a wide array of environmental issues. We believe that diversity strengthens and enriches our work and makes the environmental movement more relevant than ever. Alumni of our programs carry this work forward and out into their communities: they are the change agents and ambassadors of the changing face of environmentalism.



Our Vision

We envision a healthy, flourishing planet and society that sustainably and equitably meets the needs of all through an environmental movement that is diverse, inclusive, successful, vibrant, and relevant, taking into account the needs, perspectives, and voices of all. The Center for Diversity and the Environment harnesses the power of racial and ethnic diversity to transform the US environmental movement by developing leaders, catalyzing change within institutions, and building alliances.


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