Jordan Williams

Class Year: 
2016
Position: 
RAY Fellow
Organization: 
EDF
Location: 
Washington, DC

Jordan (he, him) is a Black, queer developer, facilitator, communicator, network weaver, and environmental justice organizer living on the traditional lands of the Piscataway Indian Nation, aka 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 host institution 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.

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, and helping the EDF Oceans Program better understand the institutions (formal & informal) and power dynamics which must be considered to produce equitable management solutions for all human rights-holders. With a focus on women, Jordan led the development of survey instruments to highlight the fish-related roles and contributions of women, and diagnose opportunities and challenges for their further recognition in policy, participation in fishery management and decision-making, and access to fish resources and benefits.

Jordan earned 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, and is a dance fitness instructor for BollyX, the Bollywood Workout.