Chun-See Tsao (he/him) is co-director of the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Fellowship Program at ELP. He grew up exploring the U.S. and Hong Kong countryside and marveling at hidden wonders from the smallest tree leaf to enormous, eon-spanning geologies of mountains. With a background in environmental education, he uses his interdisciplinary experiences in sciences and humanities to bring people together in conversations of climate change and environmental justice. He is committed to supporting emerging environmental leaders and shifting organizational cultures towards more just and equitable outcomes. Before joining the RAY Program, he served as State Program Director for TerraCorps.
Chun-See is an ELP Senior National Fellow (2021). He also previously served on the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition Young Lands Professionals Committee, Madison Community Cooperative Board, and founded community-led art-commissioning startup CrowdArt. He is also an exhibition curator (Ecology in the Making: A History of Amateur Naturalists in Hong Kong) and book editor (The Pulse of Nature – Mid-Levels West, an interdisciplinary exploration of locality, space and place).
He holds a B.Sc. Chemistry & Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a M.Sc. Environmental Management from The University of Hong Kong and a Nonprofit Finance Certificate from Rice University.
In his free time, he enjoys reading, drawing, birding, herping, volunteering on local lands and taking meandering side-adventures into cultural histories.