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PRESS RELEASE: Green 2.0 Highlights People of Color Rising to Leadership Roles in Environmental Organizations – Green 2.0 Also Applauds Earthjustice For Releasing a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Report Card

May 3, 2017

Green 2.0 Team

Contact: Jonathan Kent



Washington, D.C. — Green 2.0, the only organization solely dedicated to increasing diversity in the mainstream environmental movement, congratulates Dan Chu, Keecha Gardner, Cheryl Fells, Jessica Issacs, and Brandi Colander, all of whom recently rose to leadership positions in national environmental organizations. In addition, Green 2.0 applauds Earthjustice, which has released its first Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Report Card.


“While the environmental movement remains far too white, it is always our great pleasure to highlight success stories of outstanding leaders of color. Green 2.0 offers our congratulations to Dan, Keecha, Cheryl, Jessica, and Brandi, and we commend the Sierra Club Foundation, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the National Wildlife Federation on ensuring that such talented individuals are welcome at their decision making tables. We urge other organizations to follow their lead, especially when it comes to programmatic positions. We also commend Earthjustice for taking a bold and transparency step by releasing a report card on its diversity progress.” said Whitney Tome, executive director of Green 2.0.


  • Dan Chu has been named executive director of the Sierra Club Foundation
  • Keecha Gardner has been promoted to senior vice president of development for the Environmental Defense Fund
  • Cheryl Fells has been named vice president of people for the Environmental Defense Fund
  • Jessica Issacs has been named chief administrative officer of the Environmental Defense Fund
  • Brandi Colander has been named associate vice president of natural resources and energy for the National Wildlife Federation