National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) Welcomes Four New Members to Its Board of Directors | New

WASHINGTON, November 16, 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) is pleased to announce the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors.

“We are delighted to welcome this group of talented and accomplished individuals to the NEEF Board of Directors,” said NEEF Chairman of the Board, kevin ass. “Each brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership in their fields and will be a tremendous asset in moving NEEF forward toward its mission of making the environment more accessible, relevant, relevant and connected to the daily lives of all Americans.”

Next to current members, the following appointees will serve four-year terms on the NEEF Board of Directors:

  • Robert D. Bullard, Ph.D. is often described as the father of environmental justice. Formerly Dean of Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at University of South Texas (TSU) from 2011 to 2016, Bullard is currently Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at TSU, as well as Co-Chair of the HBCU Climate Change Consortium and the National Black Environmental Justice Network. Previously, he was the founding director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark University of Atlanta. Bullard is the award-winning author of eighteen books covering topics such as sustainability, environmental racism, community reinvestment, and climate justice, among others. His latest books include Race, Place and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina, Environmental Health and Racial Equity in United States, and Bad complexion for protection. Dr Bullard received his doctorate from Iowa State University and is a United States Marine Corps veteran.

“I am honored to join the NEEF board of directors and I hope that my participation will help instill a vision of equity and justice and the urgency of meeting the environmental and climate challenges which have a disproportionate impact on the populations. poor, marginalized and vulnerable in the United States, ”said Dr. Bullard.

  • Sally cole is Director of Employee Communications at Apple. During her eight years with the company, she developed Apple’s employee communication function, greatly increasing engagement and connection with leadership. Previously, Cole worked as Director of Internal Communications at Google, Senior Director of Strategy at Gap and Vice President of Development and Corporate Partnerships at Earth Force. She served on President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development, helping to bring together CEOs, cabinet members and NGO leaders to produce a national strategy on sustainability. Cole holds a Juris Doctor (JD) and an MBA from Stanford University and a BA of Yale University.
  • Arturo Garcia-Costas is the environmental program manager for the New York Community Trust, where he manages the Trust’s national program, New York City, and the granting of subsidies to the Appalachians. He brings to the board 25 years of policy experience in environmental health, climate change, sustainable energy and biodiversity conservation in the non-profit sector and at all levels of government. Garcia-Costas managed a global initiative to help developing countries implement the Earth Summit treaties for the United Nations Development Program. During the Clinton administration, he led an Environmental Protection Agency effort to engage with the Latinx community on pressing environmental concerns, and then worked on climate justice issues with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. He holds a BA in International Business and Theater from the New York City University; a Juris Doctor (JD) from Stanford Law School, where he focused on international and environmental law; and a master’s degree in urban policy and leadership from College of Hunters.
  • Omar Mitchell is Vice President of Sustainable Infrastructure and Growth Initiatives for the National Hockey League (NHL). He is responsible for promoting strategies and innovations that respond to the growth of the game through environmental, economic and social sustainability as well as environmental advocacy across the league and its member clubs. Mitchell became the NHL’s first Director of Environmental Sustainability in 2012, overseeing NHL Green ™ – the award-winning environmental sustainability initiative – and leading the League’s social impact efforts, including public affairs and initiatives. philanthropic during his tenure. He started his career in architecture and real estate and holds an MBA from Sloan School of Management at MIT, and a master’s degree in architecture from Columbia university.

“The sport provides a unique platform to inspire positive change and educate about the pressing environmental issues facing the communities where we live, work and play. I look forward to advancing NEEF’s mission and working with my colleagues on the board to move this important work forward, ”Mitchell says.

President and CEO of NEEF, Meri-Margaret Deoudes looks forward to collaborating with Council members. “The experience and expertise of our new members in environmental justice, sustainability and public engagement will enrich our grant program and environmental education programs in our core areas of focus: education, Kindergarten to Grade 12 health and conservation; and employee engagement, ”Deoudes says.

About NEEF

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) is the leading national organization for lifelong environmental learning, creating opportunities for people to experience and learn about the environment in ways that improve their lives and society. health of the planet. Founded by Congress in 1990, NEEF is a non-partisan, non-militant organization that strives to make the environment more accessible, relevant, relevant, and connected to people’s daily lives.

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