Video Participants

Listing 28 Contributors in this category. Click on any listing to show sessions and more information. Use the links at the bottom of the page to navigate the list.

Terryl Acker-Carter

Undergraduate student, Stevenson University

Terryl Acker-Carter is a senior environmental science major with a minor in biology at Stevenson University in Owings Mills, MD and is currently a part of the 2020 DDCSP cohort. At Stevenson, he is the vice president of the university’s environmental club and is also the historian of the Nu Sigma chapter of Tri-Beta, a biological honor society. Terryl hopes to enter the water quality and restoration fields after obtaining his degree.

Lauren Beriont

Co-founder, Emergence Collective

Lauren Beriont is experienced in working alongside community organizations to increase their impact and effectiveness through equitable means. Lauren has a wide range of experience working with nonprofits and foundations providing organizational support, technical assistance, and advancing their evaluation efforts. Recent projects include partnerships with a coalition of organizations fighting homelessness, a national environmental funder initiative, and a community-university evaluation partnership. Lauren is passionate about reimagining the way people work together through mutually beneficial partnerships for community well being. She approaches each project with her love for evaluation, community-centered work, nature-based solutions, facilitation, and systems thinking.

Sindhu Bharadwaj

Program Manager National Association of City Transportation Officials

Sindhu is a Program Manager at the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), a coalition of 86 major North American cities and transit agencies formed to exchange transportation ideas, insights, and practices and cooperatively approach national transportation issues. She manages NACTO’s federal policy program, coordinating with city experts, elected officials, and partner organizations to advance the network’s top legislative and regulatory priorities.

Prior to joining NACTO, Sindhu received her MS in Environmental Policy and Planning at the University of Michigan where she was part of the Environmental Fellows Program (EFP)’s  2017 cohort. Through this fellowship, she worked as a Graduate Fellow with MassINC, a Boston-based think tank, conducting policy research on transit-oriented development in Massachusetts. Before EFP and the University of Michigan, Sindhu worked as a communications consultant and received a BA in Politics and Cultural Studies from New York University. 

Meera Bhat

Director, Equitable Conservation The Nature Conservancy 

Meera Bhat is the director of the North America Cities Network at The Nature Conservancy and is responsible for the development of urban conservation programs in cities across the United States. Meera came to the Conservancy from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health where she worked as a program manager, researching the ecology of infectious diseases in diverse settings such as South America, Western and Sub-Saharan Africa, the southwestern United States and Manhattan.

She has been an advocate for urban agriculture and community access to vacant land in New York City since 2010, working with organizations such as the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust, Prospect Farm, Five Borough Farm, and 596 Acres.

Meera holds a BS in Mathematics and Cell & Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan and an MS in Computational Biology from New York University, and is pursuing an MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University.

Alexis Cambridge

Undergraduate student, University of Miami

My name is Alexis Cambridge (she/her/hers) and I am a Senior at the University of Miami studying Ecosystem Science and Policy with a Conservation Biology focus. I am from New Orleans, LA and I am a 2020 Doris Duke Conservation Scholar. I’m most interested in conservation through field research and have some experience in that area. This summer I’ll be interning through DDCSP at the Greenwich Audubon Center and I could not be more excited!

Saachi Das Kuwayama

Government Affairs Associate League of Conservation Voters

Saachi Das Kuwayama is a graduate of University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability and Ford School of Public Policy.  As a 2019 University of Michigan Environmental Fellow, she worked at a Virginia non-profit Organization - Appalachian Voices - to advance state level environmental justice and energy reform policy.  Later, as a legislative intern at the House Committee on Natural Resources, she helped develop H.R. 5986, the Environmental Justice for All Act.  Saachi currently works in the Policy & Lobbying department at the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), where she coordinates the federal electoral program and helps develop LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard.  Saachi is the proud daughter of Indian and Japanese immigrants, was born and raised in Chicago, and currently lives in Washington, D.C. 

Janae Davis

PhD Candidate, Clark University Associate Director of Conservation, American Rivers

Janae Davis is an Associate Director of Conservation at American Rivers and a PhD candidate in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University. At American Rivers, Janae works to promote the health of the rivers and riverside lands in South Carolina to ensure clean drinking water supply, reduce flood risks, protect biodiversity, and assure sustainable and equitable access to conservation decision- making for communities of color. As a social scientist, she seeks to understand how to promote justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) in biodiversity conservation. She has held fellowships with the U.S. National Park Service, American Rivers, and the National Wildlife Federation designing and implementing research, and working on projects focused on integrating JEDI into organizational structures and fostering engagement with communities of color. Janae is a Fulbright Student Award recipient whose dissertation research aims to understand the origins of indigenous low wage, ecotourism labor in the southern Kalahari Desert of South Africa and how it is sustained in the post-apartheid era. Her research also explores possibilities for grassroots approaches for promoting economic opportunities aligned with the social, cultural, and political needs of the ‡Khomani San community. She firmly believes that the most promising solutions for addressing environmental degradation will emerge from community-based coalitions that engage a diverse range of stakeholders. However, the effectiveness of these collaborations will depend on the development of processes, structures, and programs that assure inclusiveness and equity, and which address the real needs of frontline communities. Therefore, Janae is passionate exploring ideas and practices for linking environmental, environmental justice, and social justice movements. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from North Carolina State University a M.A. in Geography from the University of South Carolina.

Michael Dorsey

LP, IberSun Solar

Dr. Michael K. Dorsey is a recognized expert on global energy, environment, finance and sustainability matters. In 1997, in Glasgow, Scotland, Dorsey was bestowed Rotary International’s highest honor, The Paul Harris Medal for Distinguished Service to Humanity. Dr. Dorsey is a member of the Club of Rome. In 2013 the National Journal named him one of 200 US “energy and environment expert insiders”. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Yale and the Johns Hopkins University, presently Dr. Dorsey is a limited partner in the Spanish solar concern IberSun, s.l. Dr. Dorsey is a serial organization builder and leader in for-profit, non-profit, scholarly and governmental realms. In the non-profit realm in 2017 Dr. Dorsey and two former student collaborators co-founded the Sunrise Movement Education Fund. In late 2018 Sunrise co-orchestrated launching the Green New Deal. In the for-profit arena, Dr. Dorsey is an active investor and co-founder and principal of Around the Corner Capital—an energy advisory and impact finance platform. Dorsey is an advisor and early investor in CHGX an fossil fuel free ETF which listed on the NYSE ARCA in 2017. In 2020 Dr. Dorsey helped to establish the first of its kind solar professional organization for African Americans dubbed: B.O.S.S. or Black Owners of Solar Services. Beyond boardrooms and transaction Dorsey is an avid skyrunner and has completed two Norwegian arctic circle skyraces amongst others.

Rashidah Farid

Assistant Professor, School of Agriculture Tuskegee University

Dr. Rashidah Farid-Tilghman is a Research Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Coordinator for the Forestry and Wildlife Program at Tuskegee University in the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.  She is also an alumna of the 2018 Environmental Fellows Program. Dr. Farid holds a PhD from the University of Florida in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation with a concentration in quantitative analyses.  Originally, from the rural town of Abbeville, Alabama, her passion for nature and conservation has been in the forefront of her life’s mission. As an ecologist, she has worked in state, federal and private sector where she gained a diverse knowledge of natural resource systems and management. She has also been a lifelong advocate for service and community based development.  In her spare time, Rashidah serves on the Alabama Audubon Science Committee, and is a member of the Alabama New South Coalition- a community based activism group the strives to promote the general welfare of all people through progressive ideals of freedom, justice and democracy.  While her research varies from soil conservation to marine species feed strategies, she is most proud of her extension work with students and the development of natural resource management tools for low resource landowners. She is a passionate ecologist, community development advocate and a loving wife.

Genora Givens

Program Research Analyst, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Genora Givens joined the Conservation and Science Program at the Packard Foundation as a Climate Program Research Analyst. Genora primarily works with the Bioenergy, Palm Oil, and Agriculture, Livelihoods, and Conservation Strategy teams on monitoring, evaluation, and learning and justice and equity centered grantmaking. Prior to joining the Foundation, Genora was an Environmental Grantmakers Association Fellow at Clean Water Action researching the impact of oil and gas production on U.S. water quality and quantity. Her interests include land use law and watershed protection, as well as the development of methods to incorporate understandings of social vulnerability and inequity into analysis of geographic risk and watershed management and planning. Genora graduated from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with a Master of Environmental Management and holds a B.A. from Willamette University in Salem, OR.