July 28, 2016 | American Institute of Architects | Philadelphia, PA

Hosted by Green 2.0 and Education Leaders of Color (EdLOC)


The #RabenRespite brought together influential movement leaders, scholars and activists for panel discussions on racial justice, immigration and criminal justice reform, gender equality, education, gun violence prevention, and more.

Against a backdrop of divisive politics and our nation’s shifting demographics, the policy challenges at stake in this election will require never-before-seen coalitions to work together to imagine and fight for a more inclusive future. Take immigration reform, women’s health, voting rights, and climate change – it’s no secret that all of these issues hit low-income communities and people of color harder than others. Yet when we look at the mainstream environmental NGOs and elected officials who advocate on their behalf, we rarely see people of color. That’s because those who lead across the progressive community, and those who shape and fund its direction, are overwhelmingly white.

The same is true from Hollywood to Silicon Valley to Congress. Our panel brought together leaders and diversity pioneers from the environmental, educational, legal, and government sectors to discuss the innovative ways that the progressive community can better represent the communities it serves — and what we risk if we fail to do so.



  • Robert Raben, Founder and President of The Raben Group and Founder, Green 2.0 (Moderator)
  • The Honorable John King
  • Kaya Henderson, Chancellor, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS)
  • Jean Lee, President and CEO, Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA)
  • Whitney Tome, Executive Director, Green 2.0
  • Aimee Allison, Co-Director, Democracy in Color and Senior Vice President, PowerPAC+
  • Mark Magana, Founder and President, GreenLatinos


See below for a full video of the Green 2.0 panel.

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Breaking the Green Ceiling: Solutions to the Diversity Challenge Facing the Mainstream Environmental Movement

March 4, 2015 | Commonwealth Club | San Francisco

December 9, 2014 | National Press Club | Washington, D.C.

Hosted by Green 2.0, in collaboration with New America Media

On Wednesday, March 4th, Green 2.0, in collaboration with New America Media, convened a media and stakeholder briefing, “Breaking the Green Ceiling,” in San Francisco. The packed auditorium of over 200 attendees heard from diverse leaders from a range of sectors and backgrounds on the steps that the mainstream environmental movement can take to improve diversity among the leadership of their organizations. See the full press release here, and statements of support from leading environmental NGOs and Foundations here.

See below for a video of event highlights and clips of the speakers.

Briefing Highlights:

In Conversation – Tom Steyer & Robert Raben:

Panel I – Sierra Club President Michael Brune & Earthjustice Executive Director Trip Van Noppen:

Remarks by Tomás Torres, San Diego Border Office Director, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:

Remarks by Peggy Saika, President and Executive Director, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy:

Remarks by Malik Yusef, Five-time Grammy Award Winning Musician/ Producer, H.O.M.E. Climate Album:
Remarks by Laura Butler, Vice President, Talent Management & Chief Diversity Officer, Pacific Gas & Electric Company:
Remarks by Hank Williams, Technologist and Entrepreneur, Platform:
Welcoming Remarks by Robert Raben, Founder, Green 2.0:
Remarks by Clifford Rechtschaffen, Senior Advisor to California Governor Jerry Brown:
Remarks by Kelly Brown, Director, D5 (Diversity in Philanthropy Coalition):
Remarks by Evan Paul, Vice President, GuideStar:

Breaking the Green Ceiling:

Solutions to the Diversity Challenge Facing the Mainstream Environmental Movement

December 9, 2014

Hosted by Green 2.0 and New America Media

Six of the nation’s top environmental organizations have formally pledged to submit their diversity data by February 2015, it was announced at Green 2.0 and New America Media’s “Breaking the Green Ceiling” Forum on December 9th. Natural Resource Defense Council, Sierra Club, Resource Media, National Audubon Society, Earthjustice and the Environmental Defense Fund have agreed to submit their diversity data to their GuideStar profiles. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy spoke at the briefing and underscored the value of the Green 2.0 initiative, measuring what we value and creating plans to improve diversity.

See below for a video of the full briefing and clips of the speakers.

Briefing Highlights:

Remarks by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Chief of Staff Gwen Keyes Fleming:

Remarks by Rhea Suh, President of NRDC:

Remarks by Roger-Mark DeSouza, Director of Population, Environmental Security & Resilience at Wilson Center:

Watch the Full Briefing:

Opening Remarks by Robert Raben & Sandy Close:
Remarks by Danielle Deane, Director of Green 2.0:
Remarks by Jacob Harold, President of GuideStar:
Remarks by Kelly Brown, Director of the D5 Coalition:
Remarks by Mark Magaña, President of GreenLatinos:
Q&A, Closing & Diversity Pledges Announcement:
Opening Remarks by Robert Raben & Sandy Close: