Marcelo Bonta

Regional Network: 
National Fellows
Class Year: 
2003
Position: 
Philanthropy Northwest Momentum Fellow, Healthy Environment Program
Organization: 
Meyer Memorial Trust
Location: 
Portland, OR

Marcelo is a trailblazer on diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in the environmental movement. He currently works as the Philanthropy Northwest Momentum Fellow at Meyer Memorial Trust in Oregon.  He is implementing the Healthy Environment Program, which includes equity as its foundation.  Marcelo is also the founder of the Center for Diversity and the Environment (CDE) and the Environmental Professionals of Color. With CDE, Marcelo worked with over 350 diversity change agents through transformational leadership programs and over 60 organizations and foundations through high impact organizational change work. In 2008, he co-wrote with Charles Jordan a visionary article, entitled “Diversifying the American Environmental Movement.” His work has been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times, High Country News, The Oregonian, Prism Magazine,  Colors NW, The Oregonian, Sustainlane.com, Saving Land Magazine, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education Magazine, Sustainable Industries Magazine, and homes+gardens northwest magazine. Marcelo serves on the Green 2.0 Advisory Board, Diverse Environmental Leaders Speakers Bureau, Climate Access Advisory Council, and Columbia Land Trust Advisory Council. He is also a TogetherGreen Conservation Fellow.