Marcelo Bonta

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Marcelo is a trailblazer on diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in the environmental movement. He is currently the Philanthropy Northwest Environmental Fellow at Meyer Memorial Trust, where he is helping develop and implement a new environmental program with equity at its foundation. Marcelo also is the founder of the Center for Diversity and the Environment (CDE) and the Environmental Professionals of Color (EPOC). 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. The Environmental Professionals of Color is a network of over 1500 people of color in over ten chapters across the U.S. 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 and Colors NW. Marcelo serves on the Green 2.0 Advisory Board, Diverse Environmental Leaders Speakers Bureau, Climate Access Advisory Council, and Columbia Land Trust Advisory Council.

Marcelo has continued his diversity consulting practice for environment-focused clients, delivering keynote talks, trainings, and workshops, coaching leaders, and advising projects. Marcelo believes that effective diversity, equity and inclusion work is more about “how” you do your work rather than “what” you do. In his experience, empathy, compassion and love have been the only consistently successful approaches to achieving diversity, equity and, inclusion.