August 2021
Help us craft our Code of Conduct
The Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation is currently developing a Code of Conduct, which establishes norms and expectations for participation in virtual and in-person communication and events sponsored by the foundation. 

Our commitment to advancing social equity means eliminating opportunities for white supremacy, harassment, intimidation, and other harmful behaviors to emerge or take root in our community spaces. A good code of conduct will provide the transparency and structure required to help ensure all members of the network are adequately heard, supported, and welcomed. 

We invite all members of the Switzer Network to review and provide feedback on the draft Code of Conduct. 

Learn more and add your thoughts here.
Seeking Race & Equity Discussion Group leaders
Are you interested in working on a small team of Switzer Fellows to organize events and facilitate conversations with the Race and Equity Discussion Group? We will provide stipends for this work, which will run through June 30, 2022. We thank fellows Francisco Dóñez and Mia Dawson for their excellent contributions over the past year, and we are now looking for one or two more fellows to join Sara Santiago on this team. Please email Cora if you are interested.

If you are interested in joining the Race & Equity Discussion Group as a member, contact Cora to be added to the group.
Reminder: Fall Leadership Grant concept letters due September 1
If you are considering a fall Leadership Grant proposal, be sure to contact Erin prior to the September 1st concept letter deadline to discuss your idea. We look forward to hearing your ideas!

Deadlines are as follows: 
  • September 1, 2021: Concept letters due
  • October 1, 2021: Invited proposals due
  • December, 2021: Award decisions made
Melissa Cronin and Erika Zavaleta publish toolkit for addressing departmental equity shortcomings
Melissa Cronin and Erika Zavaleta led a group of faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UC Santa Cruz to compile a toolkit of resources for academic departments to use in addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Fellow News
Mike Antos shared that the California Department of Water Resources has an Executive Tribal Liaison opening in Sacramento County. Deadline: August 24, 2021. 

Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) is hiring for a remote Student Engagement Manager. Clara Fang would be happy to answer questions about the position. CCL is also hiring a Communications Coordinator, Grant Writer, Indiana Conservative Climate Field Organizer, and a Utah Conservative Climate Field Organizer

Clara Fang shared that Green Leadership Trust is seeking an Executive Director

Sue Chiang’s organization, Center for Environmental Health is hiring a Director of Built Environment Program and an Executive Assistant to the CEO.

Carina Bracer is seeking a short term consultant to support Verra in defining an engagement strategy to help spur rapid and effective climate action via carbon standards. Deadline: August 25, 2021. 

Aaron Ordower shared that TreePeople Inc. is hiring a Policy and Research Associate in Beverly Hills, CA. Mike Antos works closely with TreePeople and would be happy to answer questions. 

Laura Wisland’s organization, the Heising-Simons Foundation, is hiring a new Program Director for its Climate and Clean Energy Program in the San Francisco Bay area. 

Jessie Levine shared that The Nature Conservancy is hiring a Climate Adaptation Scientist in Boston, MA. Visit and search for job #50150 to apply.

Thank you to everyone who has been sharing opportunities on the Switzer Fellows listserv! We encourage you to keep posting jobs that come your way. If you have a connection to the hiring organization and are willing to be contacted, please include that information when you forward the posting. If a fellow has a connection, we will include it in this section each month.

You are also invited to join our private LinkedIn Group. This is another space to connect with other Switzer Fellows and stay up to date on the latest opportunities and news - especially if you are hiring or job-hunting. Visit the page to join.
Switzer Fellows Fall Retreat 2021
Friday September 10 - Sunday September 12, 2021
Pepperwood Preserve, Santa Rosa, CA
The 2021 Switzer Fellow’s Fall Retreat is taking place in person, and is open to 2020 and 2021 Switzer Fellows only, due to COVID safety precautions.
Contact Erin with questions about the retreat.

Mentoring 101: How to Get What You Need to Thrive
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
11 am PDT / 1 pm EDT
Virtual Event
Traditional mentoring ideas often leave us feeling that something is missing. This workshop, facilitated by the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity, will challenge conventional wisdom and present a new framework to help you re-imagine mentoring. Participants will map their current mentoring network, identify areas of need and create a plan to expand their network. This event is open to Switzer Fellows from all sectors and career stages.

Switzer Fellows in Philanthropy: Demystifying Philanthropy and Networking 
Thursday, November 4, 2021
Noon PDT / 3 pm EDT
Virtual Event
This event will bring together grant-seeking and grant-making Switzer Fellows to demystify philanthropy, network and learn from each other. Fellows Jen Sokolove and Roger Perez will provide an introduction to environmental philanthropy and best practices for building relationships with funders. Breakout sessions will offer the chance to network and ask questions in small groups of funders and grant seekers with similar interests. 
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