List of Presenters
Tamara Toles O'Laughlin
Chief Executive Officer and President Environmental Grantmakers Association
Tamara is an environmentalist focused on equity, access, and community. She develops capacity building programs and creates multimedia campaigns to dismantle privilege and increase opportunities for vulnerable populations to access healthy air, clean energy, and a toxic free economy at the local, regional, and national level.
Professor University of California at Los Angeles
Ebony Twilley Martin
Co-Executive Director Greenpeace
Ebony Martin is the co-Executive Director of Greenpeace USA.
As an accomplished operations strategist and justice activist, Ebony has over fifteen years of experience in the corporate and non-profit sectors. Ebony currently provides leadership in developing and managing the organization’s overall strategic direction, representation, policy, resources, operations, and communication, ensuring effective management and control of Greenpeace resources.
With her passion for justice and equity, Ebony advances the work of Greenpeace USA through outreach, relationship-building, and partnerships to build a domestic and international progressive movement based in peace, sustainability and social justice.
|Plenary 4: Women Leaders in Conservation OrganizationsWed 3/30 1:25pm EDT
|Plenary 3: Racial Discourses, Injustices, Equity, and Engagement in Conservation OrganizationsMon 4/19 4:10pm EDT
|Video: Young, Gifted and Brown: The New Face of Conservation LeadershipTue 4/20 2:45pm EDT
Ph.D. Candidate, History and African American Studies, Yale University
Teona Williams is a doctoral candidate in History and African American Studies at Yale University. Her work revolves around U.S environmental history, political ecology, race and ethnic studies, environmental justice, digital humanities, and African American history. Her current work explores Black women agrarianism and the struggle for land reparations from the New Deal era to the Black Power Movement. Before Yale, she completed a master’s degree in Environmental Justice at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. There she researched how African American college students navigated the outdoor recreational landscape. In 2017, she won the Clyde Woods Prize for best graduate paper in Black Geographies, for her paper “Build A Wall Around Hyde Park:” Race, Space and Policing on the Southside of Chicago 1950-2010, published by The Antipode. She is the author of the essay “Islands of Freedom: The struggle to desegregate Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountain National Park 1936-1941” in the forthcoming edited collection Not Just Green, Not Just White: Race, Justice, Environmental History.
|Workshop 9: Navigating the Academic Job Market: Interviews, Job Offers, and NegotiationsWed 3/30 3:50pm EDT
|Plenary 4: Nature, the Outdoors, Connectedness, Diversity, and Inclusion: International DimensionsMon 4/19 5:30pm EDT
Assistant Professor, School of the Environment, Yale University
Dr. Yuan Yao is the Assistant Professor of Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Systems at the Yale School of the Environment. She received her Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University and a B.S. degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Northeastern University in China. She also has a Management for Scientists and Engineers from Kellogg School of Management. Her research investigates how emerging technologies and industrial development will affect the environment. She uses interdisciplinary approaches in industrial ecology, sustainable engineering, and data analytics to support industrial and policy decisions towards sustainability. Dr. Yao received the National Science Foundation Faculty Early CAREER Award in 2019. She has been named to the American Institute of Chemical Engineers “35 Under 35” list for emerging leaders in chemical engineering. She also receives the Laudise Medal from the International Society for Industrial Ecology for her outstanding achievements in industrial ecology.
Career Coach & President, Green Career Advisor
Lisa Yee-Litzenberg is President of Green Career Advisor, a business she launched in 2016 to help students, recent graduates, mid-career professionals and career changers to find and secure their dream green jobs. Prior to that, she spent 10 years developing and leading the career service office for graduate students in the environmental and sustainability fields at the University of Michigan. In that role, she helped thousands of students to navigate their way into environmental careers. Additionally, Lisa spent 12 years as a professional conservation advocacy leader, having worked at the National Wildlife Federation on national and Great Lakes regional conservation initiatives including water quality and endangered species efforts. She developed a passion for promoting initiatives to increase the diversity of environmental professionals working in the field. In her final role at NWF, Lisa led the organization’s Great Lakes Wolf Conservation program. She has a natural resource management degree from the University of Michigan. In her spare time, Lisa is an avid soccer player, loves to spend time in the woods, and is a volunteer Climate Reality Leader helping to educate and activate people on initiatives to make a difference on climate change.