Board of Directors Letter 2020

Dear EcoWomen,

As we continue charting our way through 2021, we wanted to take the time to reflect on this incredibly challenging year. EcoWomen has worked hard to adapt to a new normal, embracing the virtual so that we may continue uplifting the environmental community. We have also used this time to reflect on how we can more fully incorporate environmental justice into our work, and continue to provide opportunities for professional growth for women in the environmental space.

With the shift to virtual events due to the Covid pandemic, we increased collaborative cross-chapter events and sponsorships:

  • Colorado – formed their Board, completed a member survey and conducted intensive strategic planning for upcoming events.
  • DC – held consistent virtual EcoHours and book club discussions throughout the pandemic. The DC and NYC chapters collaborated on a 50th Anniversary Earth Day event that even featured former DC Board Member Tamara Toles O’Laughlin as a panelist!
  • NYC – co-sponsored the inaugural WOC_CS Collective Resiliency Virtual Summit.
  • Seattle – reconstituted their Board and sent newsletter to members about renewed mission.

In 2021, we will strive to continue and expand our network of sustainability-focused peer learning organizations and expert coalitions.

The National Board focused on a few much-needed projects in 2020. Major improvements were made to the website to ensure it was faster and easier to navigate. We added new designs to our online store, including some in collaboration with the fantastic Kristen Hess, an NYC-based graphic designer. These designs, along with enhanced communication efforts, led to our highest Giving Tuesday and Earth Day donations ever.

And in response to the tragic murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor (and so many others), the National Board also reaffirmed our support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the following global outcry for accountability and racial justice.

As the year transitioned, so did our national leadership. Board of Directors President Rowan Braybrook stepped down after 4 years of holding various leadership positions on the National Board of Directors. Alexis Peterson has taken on the role of National Board President. Board of Directors Vice President Jessica Mroz also stepped down after 4 years on the National Board of Directors. KC Brown assumed the role of National Board Vice President. Rowan and Jessica have offered tremendous vision and steady leadership and we are incredibly grateful for their service!

EcoWomen is completely volunteer-run, and we are always on the lookout for smart, driven women to get engaged at the national or chapter level. Check out opportunities at our chapters in NYC, DC, Colorado and Seattle for more ways to get involved. Based somewhere else (even abroad!) and want to lend your expertise (or gain new skills) on a national board of directors? We have an abundance of opportunities available, including in communications, fundraising, and administration. Our team aspires to create a thoughtful, inclusive, and supportive environment, so check out our website or contact [email protected] to learn more about getting involved. And of course, you can pick up some EcoWomen swag or make a donation to support our work!

We look forward to another exciting year, inspiring and connecting diverse leaders in the environmental community!

Thank you for all that you do.

Sincerely,

The EcoWomen National Board of Directors

P.S. Did you know that every EcoWomen leader is available to you as a resource? Check out the Board of Directors’ bios to learn more about their expertise.

EcoWomen is committed to creating a just and equal world by empowering women to be leaders in their professions and stewards of the environment. We value meaningful connections within a diverse and inclusive community to cultivate a more respectful and nurturing society.