Participating Partners

 Steering Committee Members

Teresa Mourad, Principal Investigator, Director of Education and Diversity Programs, Ecological Society of America

George Middendorf, Ph.D., co-Investigator, Professor Howard University

Fred Abbott, Diversity Programs Manager, Ecological Society of America

Travis Belote, Ph.D., Research Ecologist, The Wilderness Society

Kevin Bryan, Principal, Equnival Partners

Danny Filer, Ed.D., Chesapeake Watershed Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit Research Coordinator, National Park Service.

Thomas E. Fish, Ph.D., National Coordinator, Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units Network, U.S. Department of the Interior.

Quintaniay Holifield, Ph.D., Research Soil Scientist. USDA Forest Service, Baltimore Field Station.

George Liles, Acting Director of Academic Programs for NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Curator of the NOAA Fisheries Woods Hole Science Aquarium, and Director of the Woods Hole Partnership Education Program (PEP).

Laura Oremland, Fish and Wildlife Administrator, NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology.

Michelle Nelson, Community Garden Program Manager, Montgomery County Parks.

Jessica Sanders, Ph.D., Sacrament Tree Foundation.

Wanjiru Gathira, Senior Director of Global Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Conservation International

Jessica Pratt Miles, Partner, Meridian Institute

Past Steering Committee Members


Joan Berkowitz, Ph.D., University of Maryland University College Graduate School of Management and Technology

Dr. Robert Javonillo, Assistant Professor of Biology, Morgan State University

Jorge Ramos, Ph.D., Stanford University, previously Conservation International


David Blockstein, Ph.D., Senior Adviser, Association for Environmental Sciences and Studies

Eric R. Coffman, CEM, CEP,CPM, LEED-AP, Director of Energy Programs, Maryland Energy Administration

Kwanza Johnson, Academic Programs Coordinator of Northeast Fisheries Science Center at NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

Marielena Octavia, Mediator, Meridian