2021 Board of Directors Letter

We're happy to share how EcoWomen has grown and will continue to grow in this Board of Directors Letter. 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.   

Dear EcoWomen community,

We responded to the ongoing challenges of 2021 by looking inward, identifying opportunities to better uplift our community, and planting (metaphorical) seeds. 

To better align our organizational strategy with current global realities, the National Board refocused on the fundamentals of running EcoWomen. We’ve tackled a few much-needed internal projects to better support our members and help the organization run more smoothly. 

We made major improvements to our technology platforms, and we’re proud of our new website, which was redesigned to better highlight our people, work, and perspectives. We also launched a series of interviews with past board members, beginning with Mary Ellen Kustin, the National Board’s very first Treasurer, and Susan Mazur-Stommen, former Vice President. Crucially, we shifted our finances to a bank that is better aligned with EcoWomen’s values and needs, including a shared commitment to climate justice.

Meanwhile, our chapters continued to supporting members in the following regions:

  • Colorado – hosted several happy hours and seminars, partnered with other organizations for community clean-up initiatives, and kept their members apprised of legislation that may impact the state’s air, water, land and other natural resources. 

  • New York City – secured new Board leadership, and with member feedback, relaunched in early 2022.

  • Seattle – reconstituted their Board and is continuing to strategize about the Chapter’s mission going forward. 

  • Washington, DC – continued hosting virtual monthly EcoHours and held several virtual events (online workshops, yoga, and game nights!). Towards the end of the year, they held their first in-person events since the beginning of the pandemic.

 

As the year transitioned, so did our national leadership. Alexis Peterson has continued her role as National Board President. Vice President KC Brown has transitioned to become Co-President alongside Alexis. We have also grown and added some new members to our national board – check them out on our leadership page!

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 Colorado, New York City, Seattle, and Washington, DC, 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 please check out our website or contact us at info@ecowomen.org to learn more. And of course, you can pick up some EcoWomen swag or make a donation to support our work!

We’re excited to watch our seeds take root, helping us better inspire and connect diverse leaders in the environmental community!

Thank you for all that you do.

Sincerely,

The EcoWomen National Board of Directors

Alexis Peterson, Co-President

KC Brown, Co-President

Beth Stolarick, Treasurer

Melissa Curry, Secretary

Amanda Hoffman

Caroline Holo

Victoria O'Neill

Noelle Paige

Ellen Wang

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.