The Center for Diversity & the Environment harnesses the power of racial and ethnic diversity to transform the U.S. environmental movement by developing leaders, catalyzing change within institutions & building alliances.
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.
Queta believes that our differences make us stronger. A deep resonance with family, community, learning, service and compassion underpin both her life and work. Her commitment to social, environmental and economic justice began in her youth and has been growing and evolving since. Queta’s work with CDE includes design and delivery of strategic engagement sessions, facilitation of forums and retreats, and coordination of the National Environmental Professionals of Color network.
Mary grew up hiking, camping and backpacking all over the West, where she developed a deep love of the natural world. Her early interest in botany soon led to a study of ornithology; together the two deepened her engagement with the great outdoors and are at the foundation of a lifelong interest in ecological communities.