Member Organizations

Member Organizations for the RAY Fellowship Program have been convened and united by their desire to increase racial diversity within the greater conservation field. If your organization is interested in learning more about joining this partnership, please contact [email protected].

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American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. We are working for a future in which energy efficiency helps the United States achieve economic prosperity, energy security, and a healthy environment. 

 

 

Environmental Defense Fund

With world attention focused on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. This leading green group, with programs from Boston to Beijing, has tripled in size over the past decade by focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches. You can be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and a focus on results are a way of life.

Environmental Leadership Program

The mission of the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) is to support visionary, action-oriented, and diverse leadership for a just and sustainable future. ELP aims to catalyze change by providing emerging leaders with the support and guidance they need to launch new endeavors, achieve new successes, and rise to new leadership positions. Since 2000 we have created a dynamic network of 800 of the country’s top emerging environmental and social change leaders via ELP's unique programming which provides a life-long learning framework for personal and professional development. 
 

International Fund for Animal Welfare

IFAW protects animals and the places they call home. 

Our vision is a world where animals are respected and protected. With offices in 15 countries and projects in more than 40 countries, we rescue individual animals, safeguard populations, preserve habitat, and advocate for a better future.

Founded in 1969, IFAW has provided almost 50 years of global leadership, innovation and hands-on assistance to animals and communities in need. Our holistic conservation approach includes reducing the demand and exploitation of wildlife at the source; working together with communities and enforcers to shut down poaching networks; pioneering first-ever successes in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of orphan animals back into the wild; activating where  needed most in the wake of global disasters; and advocating through expert research and solutions to the greatest threats to our planet’s populations and habitats.

Natural Resources Defense Council

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) uses law, science and the support of more than 2 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. Reviving the world’s oceans is one of NRDC’s top strategic priorities.  NRDC works to promote healthy and vital oceans by preserving special places and species, defending against destructive and harmful practices, and planning for a healthy ocean future.  Current initiatives include protecting the unique New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts and Cashes Ledge, promoting ecosystem-based ocean planning in the Mid-Atlantic, protecting the Atlantic coast from offshore oil and gas drilling, and  working to strengthen the Magnuson Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act. 

Ocean Conservancy

Ocean Conservancy educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean. From the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico to the halls of Congress, Ocean Conservancy brings people together to find solutions for our water planet. Informed by science, our work guides policy and engages people in protecting the ocean and its wildlife for future generations. Ocean Conservancy is committed to supporting efforts that benefit not just fish, wildlife and the places they live but also the people who depend on the ocean for food, jobs and recreation. We work closely with coastal communities all over the country, engaging them in efforts to protect their local resources and ensuring their voices are heard when decisions are being made. Finally, Ocean Conservancy recognizes that real leadership means real cooperation — among governments, businesses, scientists, policymakers, conservation organizations and citizen advocates.

Based in Washington, D.C. Ocean Conservancy has staff presence in key coastal areas, including Alaska, Alabama, California, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, Oregon and Texas. Our staff of 90 has a powerful blend of scientific, legal, communications and policy expertise. Combined with the backing of our members, activists, volunteers and partners, we continue to inform and inspire action to ensure a healthy ocean for the future. 

Oceana

Oceana is the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world’s oceans. Oceana wins policy victories for the oceans using science-based campaigns. Since 2001, we have protected over 1.2 million square miles of ocean and innumerable sea turtles, sharks, dolphins and other sea creatures. More than 550,000 supporters have already joined Oceana. Global in scope, Oceana has offices in North, South and Central America and Europe. To learn more, please visit www.oceana.org

 

Point Blue Convervation Science

The mission of Point Blue Conservation Science is to conserve birds, other wildlife and ecosystems through science, partnerships, and outreach. They have been assessing changes in the environment and advancing conservation through bird and ecosystem studies since their founding as Point Reyes Bird Observatory in 1965.  Through science, partnerships and outreach, Point Blue’s 140 scientists work to maximize nature’s benefits for wildlife and people in our rapidly changing world.

Rare

Rare is a fast-growing international conservation organization whose mission is to inspire change so people and nature thrive. Rare believes that conservation is about people. For more than 25 years, Rare has empowered local communities in over 50 countries to shift from being resource users to environmental stewards. Rare’s impact is delivered via its Pride program, a powerful blend of: 1) local capacity building, 2) the replication of proven technical solutions, and 3) grassroots communications for behavior change. Rare trains local leaders to as change agents, leaving a legacy of increased capacity and a sense of ownership, responsibility and pride in conservation. The change lasts. That’s Rare.