Lucy or Luz (she/her/hers) manages community weaving and curriculum design for Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program Alumni Network, including in-person gatherings and online leadership development. Common threads that have run throughout Lucy’s career are relationship-building, curriculum design, and resource sharing. Prior to joining ELP, Lucy coordinated grants, outdoor education programs, and special events for the REI Co-op’s Mid-Atlantic Market and Houston Market. Lucy is grateful to serve as Board President for Groundswell Community Project, a Natural Leader and Fresh Tracks Trainer for Children & Nature Network, and a council member for National Parks Conservation Association’s Next Generation Advisory Council. Luz grew up surrounded by mesquite trees, nopal, and roadrunners on the lands and waters of the Tonkawa peoples (San Antonio, TX). In her spare time, you can find Lucy repeatedly falling off and climbing back on her surfboard in her new home on the lands and waters of the Kumeyaay people (San Diego, CA) or getting her hands dirty as a worker at Pixca, a POC cooperative farm.
Lori supports outreach, recruitment and selection for ELP’s Fellowship Programs. The founder of the non-profit civic group Sustainable Cherry Hill and former Director for Green Schools at The Delaware Valley Green Building Council, Lori also provides digital marketing and outreach services to mission-based organizations through her company, Take This Journey, LLC. An alumna of the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education's and LaSalle Non-Profit Center's Certificate Programs, Lori is also an ELP Senior Fellow (ERN ’10), a LEED Green Associate and was named as USGBC "Best of Green Schools" Ambassador in 2013. The proud mom of two adult children, she currently lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband and very large dog, Oliver.
Charles Espedido (commonly known as Charlie) is the Program Coordinator for the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Clean Energy Diversity Fellowship. Charlie is driven by his love for mentorship and increasing diversity in the environmental movement. As a RAY Program Coordinator, he leads the day-to-day responsibilities of the fellowship which aims to facilitate energy efficiency and renewable energy-related career pathways for emerging leaders of color.
Prior to joining ELP, Charlie was a Program Assistant for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) supporting Midwest environmental justice and safe drinking water efforts through program support, coalition building, research, and mapping. He is passionate about the intersections of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the environmental movement by participating on various DEI committees at NRDC, his involvement with the Environmentalists of Color network, and building up an advocacy group called the Chicago Asian Americans for Environmental Justice (CAAEJ). In his spare time, you’ll find him either taking a hip-hop dance class, working on his aerial/circus skills, or on the quest to find the best iced mocha. Charlie holds a bachelor’s degree from the Loyola University Chicago studying Environmental Science: Public Health and is based in Chicago, Illinois.
As Development Manager, A’Nova works with team members across ELP on mission-driven development and fundraising efforts. Her role includes coordination and management of grants, funding partnerships, and individual giving. She brings nearly 20 years of experience in a wide range of fields (including education, international and domestic public health, food service, new-parent education, academic research, and non-profit fundraising, operations, and strategy). A'Nova earned a B.A. in English from Reed College and a Master's degree in Public Health from Boston University with a dual concentration in Maternal & Child Health and in Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights. She has always been deeply compelled by the interconnectedness of things, and believes this is an essential perspective to maintain-- especially in our present world where so many things are treated as being separate and independent despite overwhelming evidence that all systems are inextricably linked.
A’Nova is also a parent, a third-generation hand knitter, a volunteer doula, a learner of Spanish, and a staunch defender of the Oxford (or serial) comma. A’Nova loves things that are both beautiful and functional —from textiles, ceramics, and language, to engaging spaces and simple, brilliant ideas. She tries hard to spend time outside with her family every day.
Steven is an experienced educator and thought leader in the intersectionality of Sustainability, Education, Workforce Development and Entrepreneurship with a focus on Social Justice and Youth Development. He has over 15 years in the field of sustainability and education; developing sustainability focused educational programs, youth development and creating pathways for leadership. He is a leading consultant in the areas of Sustainability, Leadership Coaching, K-12 education, Strategic Planning and Systems Thinking.
Steven is the lead founder, former CEO, and School leader of the Barack Obama Green Charter High School, New Jersey’s first charter high school focused on sustainability. The school’s mission is to develop independent critical thinkers and leaders in the area of sustainable development. Steven served as a researcher at the Global Labor Institute at Cornell University’s School of Industrial Labor Relations (ILR). His research on Green Jobs and the development of a Low Carbon Green Economy led him to work closely with national and international labor leaders strategizing emerging changes in the global workforce and economy in the use of sustainable practices. He also served as a co-program designer and facilitator for the Black Trade Union Leadership Program which concentrated on developing the leadership skill of local union leaders.
Steven holds a Bachelor of Arts from Pace University in Anthropology and a Masters of Arts from The New School in International Affairs. He served as a mentor for the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative, a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program, member of the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences and Committee Member of the NAACP, Environmental and Climate Justice Committee.
Juan leads outreach, recruitment and programming for the Environmental Leadership Program's Pacific, Pacific Northwest and Great Lakes Regional Fellowships. Previously, he served as a Resource Assistant with the USDA Forest Service through the Hispanic Access Foundation, supporting partnership development with the office of Conservation Education. He led a national program to engage diverse communities in conservation education action projects and increase access to their public lands, develop their leadership experience and open new professional pathways in the field of natural resources.
Juan also has experience in labor organizing, youth development and immigrant rights work. He is a graduate from the University of California, Berkeley, receiving a B.A in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on environmental sustainability and indigenous transnational organizations. Juan is a certified forest bathing guide, leading walks at the Fullerton Arboretum in California, with the intention of helping people grow their connection to nature and place through sensory experiences of their environment.
Errol Mazursky is the Executive Director of the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP). Errol oversees the the day-to-day operations of ELP in addition to developing the strategic vision of the ELP eco-sphere which now includes 7 regional fellowship programs, a national fellowship program, the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Fellowship Program and the management of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Alumni Network. Previously, Errol was a public health fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where he worked on community outreach programs and the development of international cohort studies to investigate the environment's impact on children's health and development. Errol served in the U.S. Peace Corps as a health volunteer in The Gambia, West Africa and was a Crisis Corps Volunteer in New Orleans, LA where he contributed to the response effort of Hurricane Katrina. Errol currently serves on the Board of the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders Program, and the Board of Impact by Design, he is a former Board Director of Greenbelt Homes Inc., and the Greenbelt Development Corporation. In 2011 Errol was awarded a TogetherGreen Fellowship in recognition of his expertise in leadership and network weaving and in 2013 received an Emerging Leader Grant from the Claneil Foundation.
Guilu (she/her) is the Conservation Program Coordinator for the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Diversity Fellowship. She is passionate about supporting underrepresented and marginalized voices in the environmental field with the ultimate goal of supporting healthy, equitable, and accessible environments for all. As a RAY Program Coordinator, she leads the day-to-day functions of the fellowship which aims to support young leaders of color in environmental career pathways, and collaborates with the RAY Team around long-term programatic goals. She cultivates supportive environments for the Fellows with resources to learn and lead.
Guilu received her BA in East Asian Studies and Environmental Studies from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. She is also an alum of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP) at the University of Michigan. She’s learned to love mentorship through her own incredible mentors, and of the many younger students she’s had the joy of working with through DDCSP and beyond. When not working she enjoys listening to podcasts, embroidering, dancing, and sharing food with friends.
Jenna manages various components of ELP's internal operations and is a lead staff in supporting ELP programs on a national scale, including curriculum development, retreat center contracting and logistics, the expansion of ELP's community of leadership practitioners, and the development of lifelong learning opportunities for ELP's Senior Fellow community. Jenna has 15 years of experience working with environmental non-profits in leadership positions, including The Northwest Earth Institute, Wild Gift, The Trust for Public Land, and the Nature Conservancy. Jenna has a BA in Environmental Studies and Anthropology from Skidmore College, an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University, an MBA in Sustainable Systems from Pinchot University, and a Certificate in HR Management from Portland State's Center for Executive and Professional Education. Jenna is both a Wild Gift Fellow and a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program. Jenna has contributed to a variety of magazines and published her first book in 2008, entitled "Best Hikes with Dogs, Boston and Beyond.” She currently resides in Portland, Oregon.
Jessica is the Program Director for ELP’s Core Fellowship Programs. Jessica has over a decade of experience working and volunteering with food and farm nonprofits, from overseeing a statewide organic certification program at Pennsylvania Certified Organic, to managing the national collective of Buy Fresh Buy Local Chapters with the FoodRoutes Network. Jessica has been a longtime family member employee at Milky Way Farms, a 4th generation Pennsylvania grass-based dairy with an on-farm retail store and a glass milk jug bottling operation. Her contributions as a woman in agriculture are featured in Temra Costa’s 2010 book, Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat. Jessica is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Geography and a Minor in Agronomy, and is a ELP Senior Fellow (ERN ’08).
Jessica co-founded the Shon Seeley Legacy Fund for Sustainable Farming Education through the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, and enjoys volunteering with their annual “Dairy Dash” 5K race. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys cooking, gardening, and hitting the right notes on her karaoke songs. She and her two fantastic kids reside in Allentown, PA.