Jordan Williams

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Program Manager, RAY Conservation Diversity Fellowship
Washington, DC

Jordan (he, him) is a Black, queer developer, facilitator, communicator, network weaver, and environmental justice organizer, locally and gratefully rooted within the ancestral lands of the Piscataway peoples (Washington, DC).

As Program Manager for the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Conservation Diversity Fellowship, Jordan leads the day-to-day functions of the program which aims to increase and facilitate conservation-related career pathways for emerging leaders of color. From recruitment and selection to fellow onboarding and development to DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) capacity building for partner organization staff, Jordan works to nurture a supportive environment for fellows with the resources to learn and lead. As a facilitator, network weaver, and developer for ELP’s regional programs, Jordan also supports the leadership growth of multicultural cohorts of environmental and social change professionals around New England and the Chesapeake Bay region.

In addition to his work at ELP, Jordan is an organizer with Sunrise Movement, a youth-led movement building the people and political power needed to stop climate change and secure a just and livable future, and with 350 DC, a progressive group of environmental activists leading change and seeking justice for impacted residents in Washington, DC.

Prior to joining ELP, Jordan worked with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) as a RAY Fellow, exploring the socio-economic, political, and cultural contexts of fish-dependent communities around the globe, and helping the EDF Oceans Program better understand the institutions (formal & informal) and power relations that must be considered to ensure equitable management solutions for all human rights-holders. With a focus on women and gender, Jordan led the development of survey instruments to better understand and uplift the marine-related roles and contributions of women, and identify opportunities and challenges to ensuring gender equity in fishery management, decision-making, economies, and access.

Jordan received his B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a concentration in Human Dimensions of the Environment. He is also a certified dance fitness instructor for BollyX, the Bollywood Workout.