NEEF Staff: LaTavia, Patrick, Robert, Amy, Vernessa, Meri-Margaret, Nick, Sarah, Ali, Janay', Isabel, Rahul, Sara, Dalia, Tony

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Creating a connection with nature is at the heart of developing a stewardship ethic towards the environment. The moments that spark our feelings of comfort in and empathy toward natural areas are as vast and diverse as our population.

NEEF is on a journey to understand and acknowledge these distinctions and better incorporate them into our environmental education programs and initiatives. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) is at the core of our mission and how we approach our work. Making the environment accessible, relatable, relevant, and connected to the daily lives of all Americans will only be possible if we incorporate multiple perspectives from our team and partners to make our work effective.

DE&I can be interpreted in many ways, but NEEF sees the following definitions as the pillars of our work and essential to who we are as an organization:


NEEF works proactively to ensure diversity in our staff, board, and external partners. We design our programs and materials to reach and engage audiences of varied perspectives, backgrounds, makeups, geographies, and identities.


We are creating a workspace that values our differences and offers fair access to opportunities, information, and guidance. We carry this spirit into the work that we produce for our partners and the public, aspiring to make it accessible and engaging to diverse audiences.


NEEF fosters a space where those from all groups are not only represented, but heard, considered, and supported. We encourage and facilitate respectful discussions about differing ideas and experiences to create a chance for learning and growth.

DE&I Values in Our Work

Diverse Partnerships

NEEF partners with a wide range of organizations and goes beyond the traditionally "green" groups to find novel collaborators, such as the NBA and NHL, which allow us to reach new audiences.

Open Access

Our grants support efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the outdoors, with examples such as improved cultural experiences and better accessibility for those with mobility challenges.

Neutral Language

Our website content and story writing hold true to our non-advocacy/non-political foundation. We are intentional in using impartial language and incorporating images that represent people of varied backgrounds, makeups, geographies, and identities.

Impartial Messaging

We employ best practices, behavioral science, and useful, science-based information to align our messaging with the issues that are important to people in their daily lives.

Closing the Gaps

We use education, partnerships, and specialized training strategies to identify environmental and health factors that impact our most vulnerable communities and work to improve them.

DE&I Values for Our Team


Our flexible teleworking policy not only improves job satisfaction and is eco-friendly, but it allows people to address personal and family needs.


Our recruiting processes seek to reach those with non-traditional backgrounds and viewpoints through outlets that reach diverse audiences.

Equitable Evaluations

Internal planning processes contribute to proper accountability and fairer evaluations and promotions.

Foster Interaction

Frequent social activities and outings encourage understanding and deepen relationships between staff members.

Continuous Learning

Our staff works to cultivate awareness and understanding by incorporating guest speakers, heritage celebrations, and learning activities on a range of DE&I topics into our work environment on a regular basis. Every member of the NEEF team is given the opportunity to visit our grantees and interact with the people and projects that our work touches.

NEEF's Commitment to DE&I
We envision a world in which people's everyday actions are guided by an understanding and concern for the well-being of their fellow humans and the planet. We are committed to achieving this by standing in solidarity with Black and African Americans...

A Statement from NEEF on Racial Inequality

We envision a world in which people’s everyday actions are guided by an understanding & concern for the well-being of their fellow humans & the planet
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