Announcing a new partnership aimed at ensuring young Black Americans have greater opportunities for rewarding careers in the forest and conservation sector

SFI seeks to provide transformative solutions to address the urgent need to create more inclusive, sustainable communities around the world. We are working with Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) to help ensure young Black Americans have greater opportunities for rewarding careers in the forest and conservation sector. Together with MANRRS, we will support the green career trajectory including recruitment, awareness, mentorship, and career opportunities collectively designed to help the forest and conservation sectors in recruiting, retaining, and advancing a diverse and resilient workforce.

SFI and its educational initiative Project Learning Tree (PLT) are already working with MANRRS on producing The Journey of Black Professionals in Green Careers guide under the direction of an advisory committee composed of Black American thought leaders in this space. The guide will inspire young Black Americans to pursue forest and conservation careers by telling the story of Black Americans who have taken this career path and who have advice and resources to share.

African American Voices in Green Careers Guide Advisory Committee

Dr. Mia Farrell
National MANRRS Past President, Assistant Dean for Diversity, University of Kentucky

Kathy Abusow
President and CEO, Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Ebonie Alexander 
Executive Director, Black Family Land Trust
(SFI Board member)

Terry Baker
CEO, Society of American Foresters
(SFI External Review Panel member)

Brandi Colander
Board Chair, DC Green Bank

Sam Cook 
Executive Director of Forest Assets, North Carolina State University
(SFI Resources Committee member)

Dr. Thomas Easley
Founder, Mind Heart for Diversity

Dr. Robert Raze
Professor, College of Education, St. Petersburg College
(SFI Education Operating Committee member)

Leslie Weldon
Chief Executive for Work Environment and Performance, USDA Forest Service

Beattra Wilson
Assistant Director, Urban and Community Forestry, USDA Forest Service