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.

It’s leadership transition time at CDE


Marcelo-21Our founder & Executive Director, Marcelo Bonta, is stepping down after 8 amazing years at the helm. We will miss his unique vision & spirit, but know that he leaves CDE well-poised to continue the critical work we do, with our programs in more demand than ever. Our interim leadership team is in place and we’re looking forward to the chapter ahead.
We’re also excited to throw Marcelo a big party in May to celebrate his visionary leadership, to thank him for his years of dedicated service to CDE, and to wish him well in his upcoming endeavors! Stay tuned for details!



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.









CDE’s 2014 Impact:

Engaged 267 people in diversity programs

Delivered 41 days of retreat programming

Facilitated Equity Engagement Strategy Processes for 6 organizations

Graduated 20 new change agents from our Environment 2042 PNW cohort

Launched our newest E42 Environmental Educator Leadership cohort with 20 participants

Graduated 38 change-agents from 2 Exploring Power, Privilege and Tools for Change retreats

Launched a new Program Associate team of 11 co-facilitators to help build our capacity

Welcomed Los Angeles into our growing National Environmental Professionals of Color Network 



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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