May 2019
E-Newsline
Announcing the Switzer Foundation's new Executive Director!
Sarah Reed
As you all know, we've been in the process of selecting the new Executive Director of the Switzer Foundation since Lissa announced she would be stepping down after 20 years at the helm of the organization.  Now (drum roll!), we are thrilled to share the news that Switzer Fellow Dr. Sarah Reed will be stepping into the role of Executive Director starting on July 8th!  Sarah looks forward to talking with Fellows as she transitions into her new role, so stay tuned for opportunities to connect with her and welcome her to the team!

Lissa with Fellows in San Francisco
And, fond farewells for Lissa!

Wow.  Where do we even begin?!  As we prepare to welcome Sarah to her new role, we are also seeing the end of an era for the Switzer Foundation!  Thanks to all of our Fellows who were able to make it to the farewell parties for Lissa in San Francisco and Boston.  Luckily, Lissa will remain an esteemed member of the Switzer Network, as a 1992 Fellow.  She will be taking a few months of well-earned summer rest here in Maine, and then looks forward to working as a philanthropic advisor to foundations and donors, deepening the themes of environmental leadership, equity and impact.  She will be here in the E.D. role until June 30th.  In the meantime, Lissa and Sarah have started working together to make the impending transition as smooth as can be.  

And now, back to our regularly scheduled programs...

Amidst the exciting staff transitions, we also managed to select 20 new Switzer Fellows and award a Leadership Grant earlier this month!  We promise, we will announce the 2019 Switzer Fellows as soon as we can (shortly!), so please stay tuned for that.  
Nick Jensen
Leadership Grant awarded to California Native Plant Society

The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) has been awarded a $20,000 Switzer Leadership Grant to support Switzer Fellow Nick Jensen's role as its first Southern California Conservation Analyst.  CNPS was awarded a $25,000 grant last year to help create the new position for Nick, and we were glad to be able to support them for a second year as Nick continues his work as a botanist and grassroots conservation leader in southern California.

Photo: The Goodman Center
Storytelling Training available to Fellows

The Goodman Center is once again offering discounted tuition ($400) to Switzer Fellows interested in improving their storytelling abilities!  In " Storytelling: Tapping the Power of Narrative," participants will learn how effective storytelling can help translate complex issues in a meaningful and relatable way to your audience.  (Fellows have taken this training before and given it high marks.)  The training is web-based and takes place on four dates in July.  All trainings are recorded in case you have to miss one.  If you are interested, please contact Erin for the link to the registration!  We are also able to support Fellows' tuition through the Switzer Professional Development Grant Program if needed.  
Fellows in the News
Carolina Balazs was the lead scientist on a new framework and tool for evaluating California's progress in achieving the human right to water.

Lauren Richter has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies in the Department of History, Philosophy and Social Science at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Samantha Alger has joined VHB's Natural Science team in South Burlington, Vermont, as an Environmental Scientist/Pollinator Specialist.

Dustin Mulvaney's new book, Solar Power Innovation, Sustainability, and Environmental Justice, is now out.

Fellows, please send your news to Lauren Hertel, Communications Manager!  
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