Jordan Williams

Class Year: 
RAY Fellow
Boston, MA

Jordan works as a RAY Fellow at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in Boston, MA. As a key member of the EDF Oceans Program’s Fishery Solution Center (FSC), Jordan examines the socio-economic and cultural components of sustainable small-scale fisheries and fishery management. With a particular focus on women, indigenous groups, and other often marginalized rights-holders, Jordan helps the Center better understand cultural norms and power dynamics which must be considered to produce equitable management solutions for all. In addition to his work within the FSC, Jordan serves on the EDF’s Diversity Committee, promoting a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion both internally at the EDF and in the diverse communities with which it engages.

Jordan joins the EDF as a recent graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where he earned a B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Science, with a concentration in Human Dimensions of the Environment. In addition to his passion for equity and environmental justice, Jordan enjoys dancing, and is a member of a Bollywood dance team through Boston University. Jordan also enjoys eating great food from around the world, some of the best of which he enjoyed in Rome while attending a workshop on gender-equitable small-scale fisheries at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization headquarters. Italy was but another stop on Jordan’s journey to explore the world and learn how we can all prosper together and find solutions that work for us and the planet.