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MobilizeGreen is building the next generation of diverse leaders.  The MobilizeGreen Annual Conference and Diversity Career Fair connects top students and recent graduates with environmental and natural resource management agencies, nonprofits, and companies for internship and networking opportunities.

2019 Agenda

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2019 Agenda

March 28, 2019   -  8:30 AM TO 6:30 PM



8:30 am - 10:00 am



Rachel Lettre, MobilizeGreen

Daniel Fiorino, Director, Center for Environmental Policy & Distinguished Executive In Residence In the School of Public Affairs of American University

Morning Keynote

Powering Environmental Change “In Our Back Yards”


Speaker:  Brandon Whitney, Chief Operating Officer, ioby

Come hear Brandon Whitney, co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, ioby, share the importance of mobilizing leaders to plan, fund and make positive environmental change at the local level. ioby - “In Our Back Yards” - is a crowdfunding platform that gives community leaders the ability to organize various types of capital—cash, social networks, in-kind donations, volunteers, and advocacy— to build real, lasting change from the ground up. An environmental anthropologist by training, Brandon’s background includes conservation science, community-based development, civic engagement and education. His experience spans academia, NGOs, and community organizations in rural and urban contexts in the US and abroad, including Latin America and West Africa.

Panel Moderator:  Keyana Ellis, Volunteers & Service Program Coordinator, Recreation, Heritage & Volunteer Resources, USDA Forest Service

  • Brandon Whitney, Chief Operating Officer, ioby

  • Priya Cook, Principal Associate, National League of Cities

  • Alfredo Gonzales, Assistant Program Specialist, City  of  Portland  Bureau  of Planning and Sustainability



10:15 Am - 11:45 AM

  • Unleashing Action: Re-thinking How People Work Together for Environmental Justice

  • Crowdfunding for Environmental Change

  • Networking for Social Impact

  • What Is Your Red Rubber Ball?

  • Resume Writing for Success



12:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Afternoon Keynote

Achieving Environmental Equity Through the Power of Organizing and Mobilizing


Speaker:  DeJuana L. Thompson, Partner, Think Rubix, LLC

Learn why mobilizing and organizing at the local level are critical to helping communities of color and low-income communities solve environmental challenges equitably. Listen to DeJuana L. Thompson, a partner at Think Rubix, LLC, a global thought leadership and strategy firm, and the creator of Woke Vote discuss the power of what people can accomplish when they engage on issues with a collective voice.

Ms. Thompson has over 15 years of experience serving as a fierce community activist, an engagement strategist, and a thought leader. She also served as a Senior Advisor in the U.S. Small Business Administration, where she helped manage the agency’s affinity outreach strategy to increase opportunities for small businesses in underserved communities. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Ms. Thomson is a proud graduate of Berea College.

Panel Moderator:  Deborah White, Board Member, MobilizeGreen

  • DeJuana L. Thompson, Partner, Think Rubix, LLC

  • Jordan Williams, Program Manager, Environmental Leadership Program and Sunrise Movement Organizer

  • Kimberly Orbe, Coalition Coordinator, Nature For All



2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

  • Unleashing Action: Re-thinking How People Work Together for Environmental Justice

  • Crowdfunding for Environmental Change

  • Networking for Social Impact

  • What Is Your Red Rubber Ball?

  • Resume Writing for Success



3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Building on dialogue and lessons learned from the plenaries as well as the skill-building workshop sessions, participants will identify a project and action plan to take back to their communities. In this facilitated session, participants identify and share one challenge their community is facing. Participants should come prepared to brainstorm with their peers about what steps they need to take to address that challenge, and they will leave with an action plan for achieving their goal.


CAPIToL Hill Reception

Invitation Only

5:45 pm- 7:30 pm

Participants are invited to attend a reception on Capitol Hill, hosted by MobilizeGreen as part of the Conference and Diversity Career Fair. Participants will have a chance to network with their peers and as well as professionals working on environmental equity issues, including in government agencies, Congressional offices, nonprofits, and the private sector. The reception will be held from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM. Please note this event is by invitation only.


march 29, 2019

9:00 AM - 2:30 PM


plenary and Career Fair



8:45 am- 10:45 am




Sophia Fenton, Special Projects, MobilizeGreen

Speaker:  Leslie Weldon, Chief Executive, Work Environment and Performance, USDA, Forest Service

Gain insight about what it takes to launch your environmental career in this highly competitive job market. Listen to Leslie Weldon, the Chief Executive at USDA, Forest Service share her thoughts on what young people should know as they enter their respective conservation or natural resource management fields. Learn about the potential challenges young people might face, and how they can address them productively to make a difference in their respective fields. Prior to her current position, Ms. Weldon was the Deputy Chief for National Forest System, USDA Forest Service.  As Deputy Chief, she was the lead executive responsible for policy, oversight, and direction for the natural resource programs, including managing the 193 million acres of National Forests and Grasslands. Ms. Weldon’s 30-year career with the Forest Service began in 1981 as a summer hire monitoring seedlings, fighting forest fires, and surveying spotted owls on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington. 

Green Careers Panel: Join us for the Green Careers panel where students and emerging professionals will be able to hear from and discuss with environmental and natural resource management professionals about work insights, career pathway advice, and career opportunities.  Hear about tools and tips for how you can get your foot in the door to launch your career in a competitive environment.

Moderator:  Amtchat Edwards, Education Specialist, USDA, Forest Service

  • Leslie Weldon, Chief Executive, USDA, Forest Service

  • Josephine Chu, Program & Outreach Manager, Common Good City Farm

  • Rachel Lettre, Outdoor Recreation & Conservation, Consultant

  • Robert Goo, Environmental Protection Specialist, Environmental Protection Agency

  • A. Jeremy Camara, Volunteers & Service Specialist, Forest Service

  • Neil Boyer, Environmental Specialist, Peace Corps


Career Fair

11:00 am - 2:30 pm

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