March 2021
Race and Equity
Discussion Group: First Light
This two-part series for Switzer Follows will offer a look into what land justice means and how relearning, recentering and repairing offers conservation a unique opportunity to grow and find its true promise. We'll look at the work of First Light, an ambitious effort between 50 organizations in Maine and the Wabanaki people to increase their presence and sovereignty on the land.

New Horizons in Conservation Conference
The Switzer Foundation is contributing to a sponsorship of the New Horizons in Conservation Conference (April 18-20, 2021), and we have free registrations available to fellows who want to attend. Please contact Erin if you are interested.
On Leadership: Best practices for equitable search practices
We have completed the hiring process for the Switzer Foundation’s new Network Manager, and we look forward to introducing you to our new colleague very soon. In the meantime, the search committee wrote an On Leadership post to share about the best practices for equitable recruiting that we employed in our search process. Our goals are to be transparent about the policies and practices we are adopting to advance equity and justice within the foundation, and to provide members of the Switzer Network with resources to support equitable hiring processes within your own organizations.

Volunteers needed for Switzer Fellowship interviews
Interviews for 2021 Switzer Fellowships will be held virtually again this year, and we are looking for interviewers! We are holding the interviews on Fridays this year and are curious whether that will make it easier for more of you to participate. We will need 15 interviewers for each region. Interview dates and times:

  • For California applicants: Friday, May 14, 2021 - 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. PDT
  • For New England applicants: Friday, May 21, 2021 - 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT

If you are interested, please fill out some basic information in this Google form. We will create a pool of interviewers who represent a cross-section of the Switzer Network across cohorts, degree, sectors, geography, race, ethnicity, gender, and people who were first-generation college students. Thanks in advance for your interest!
Reminder: Network Innovation grants and PDF grants
Fellows, just a reminder to take advantage of two of our small grant programs if they can be of service to you.

Professional Development grants are available to assist with the cost of trainings, workshops or other professional development endeavors that will benefit your leadership or career trajectory. These grants are made on a rolling basis with awards up to $1,000.

Network Innovation grants are designed to catalyze two or more Switzer Fellows working together, providing space for fellows to plan a convening or shared learning, or to plan for further action on an issue. Grants of up to $10,000 can be awarded. Grant requests of $5,000 or less are considered on a rolling basis. Requests for more than $5,000 will be considered at the next available meeting of the Switzer Foundation’s board.

Please contact Erin with any questions about our grant programs!
Agenda for India's Green Recovery
Kartikeya Singh recently wrote a commentary piece for the Center for Strategic & International Studies' website called "Agenda for India's Green Recovery" in which he writes: “While India’s recently released Budget 2021 and last year’s stimulus measures aren’t classified as entirely ‘green,’ elements of India’s fiscal policies coupled with cooperation of states can be leveraged to ensure India’s continued economic growth also supports its ecological security.”

2021 Southwest Adaptation Forum
Amber Pairis’s Climate Science Alliance and the Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center are co-hosting this free virtual event taking place April 6-8 that will bring together leaders, practitioners, and researchers from across the Southwest to explore efforts that are advancing climate change adaptation including hands-on activities, networking, and professional training.

Fellow News
Dave Kramer, the Program Director of Planet Texas 2020, was quoted on the program's efforts to build resilience into the state's infrastructure and cities.

Nathan McClintock has received a large grant to study the social and technological obstacles and opportunities related to greenhouse development in low-income neighborhoods in Montreal hit hard by the pandemic. 

Rebecca Lave published a new book that analyzes stream mitigation banking and the challenges of implementing market-based approaches to environmental conservation.

Ayana Johnson was recently named to TIME100 Next 2021, and her profile was written by Gina McCarthy.

Sarah Smith, Clean Air Task Force’s Super Pollutants Program Director, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC).

Xantha Bruso is now Principal in the Energy Services group at The Cadmus Group, where she'll manage experts on the Strategic Electrification team to provide planning, market research, implementation, and evaluation services to a range of public and private sector clients.

Henry Herndon was one of the featured guests on a recent episode of New Hampshire Public Radio's The Exchange, talking about community power. 

Have news for this section? Send it to us so we can post it to our website, social media, and a future e-news issue. Please update your profile as well. You can use our new Google Form to submit changes.
Rebecca Dell is hiring for a Program Manager in Industry and a campaign coordinator and strategist for an exciting and innovative campaign to clean up the steel industry at ClimateWorks Foundation. 

Ekow Edzie posted recently that CBI is hiring for a senior associate role in their California office. 

Christina Fuller is co-editing with Kofi Amegah a special issue titled “Air Pollution in Africa and the African Diaspora" for the open access journal International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The submission deadline is November 30, 2021. Some discounts on publication fees are available to potential authors. If you have questions feel free to contact her

Miyuki Hino is recruiting a post-doc to work on climate change risks and adaptation with me at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Specific topics of interest include coastal flooding, climate-induced migration and retreat, and the social and economic impacts of climate hazards.

There are two positions open on Caroline Howe’s former team at the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment, Sustainability Program Analyst ( Job ID 12306) and Green Building and Climate Program Analyst ( using Job ID 12405).
Xantha Bruso’s team at Cadmus has two terrific new analyst roles open to work on a wide range of consulting projects – from EVs to solar, storage, and building electrification.
Research Analyst, Distributed Energy Resources - 0-2 years of professional work experience
Senior Analyst, Distributed Energy Resources - 5-7+ years of professional work experience
Michael Wironen’s team at The Nature Conservancy is hiring a two-year science fellow (, job 49497) to support some exciting work helping reduce GHG emissions in the US dairy industry.
Dave Kramer has a friend who is hiring is on Guidehouse ES&I's Diversity and Inclusion Council, and is looking for candidates from underrepresented backgrounds for:
Christine Lee is looking for 1-2 student interns to assist in translating ECOSTRESS research findings to new potential users. ECOSTRESS thermal data is being used for a variety of Earth science and applications investigations (agriculture, drought, water resources, ecosystems management, urban and public health). 
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