Member Organizations

Member Organizations for the RAY Fellowship Program have been convened and united by their desire to increase racial diversity within the greater conservation field. If your organization is interested in learning more about joining this partnership, please contact

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RAY Clean Energy Fellows

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. We are working for a future in which energy efficiency helps the United States achieve economic prosperity, energy security, and a healthy environment.     

Electrification Coalition

The Electrification Coalition is dedicated to reducing America’s dependence on oil through the electrification of transportation. Our primary mission is to promote government action to facilitate deployment of electric vehicles on a mass scale. The Coalition serves as a dedicated rallying point for an array of electrification allies and works to disseminate informed, detailed policy research and analysis.

Institute for Market Transformation

From our homes and offices to our hospitals, schools, restaurants, and stores, every day we make decisions that influence whether or not our buildings are efficient. By improving a building’s energy efficiency, we improve its affordability, health, comfort, and resiliency. The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that catalyzes widespread and sustained demand for energy-efficient buildings. Founded in 1996 and based in Washington, D.C., IMT leverages its expertise in the intersection of real estate and public policy to drive and support policy outcomes, widespread changes in real estate practices, and lasting market demand for energy efficiency—resulting in greater benefits for all people, the economy, and the environment. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter @IMT_speaks.

International Living Future Institute

The International Living Future Institute is an environmental NGO committed to catalyzing the transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. ILFI is premised on the belief that providing a compelling vision for the future is a fundamental requirement for reconciling humanity’s relationship with the natural world. ILFI operates the Living Building Challenge, the built environment’s most ambitious performance standard. It is a hub for many other visionary programs that support the transformation toward a living future.

Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) is a not-for-profit organization advancing energy efficiency in the Midwest for sustainable economic development and environmental stewardship. Founded in 2000 and based in Chicago, MEEA leverages our unique position as the Midwest’s key champion and trusted information resource on energy efficiency policies and programs to help our members and stakeholders identify, understand and implement cost-effective strategies that provide economic and environmental benefits.

New Buildings Institute

New Buildings Institute (NBI) is a nonprofit that pushes for better buildings that achieve zero energy, zero carbon, and beyond – through research, policy, guidance, and market transformation – to protect people and the planet.    

Rocky Mountain Institute

Rocky Mountain Institute transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. That is our mission. That is our passion. And every day, every member of our team of nearly 230 works tirelessly to achieve it. We are driving the global energy transition from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables by working in partnership with businesses, communities, institutions, and entrepreneurs to advance market-based solutions. We achieve this by developing breakthrough ideas, testing and refining them, reshaping markets, and bringing solutions to scale. RMI is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with an annual budget of $46 million and offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing. Our cutting-edge work includes reducing carbon emissions from the buildings, electricity, industry, and mobility sectors. We help US cities and states meet their energy and climate targets, advise people of emerging economies how to leapfrog straight to the clean energy revolution, help align global investment with clean energy goals, and identify and scale new pathways to speed the global energy transition.

RAY Conservation Fellows

Environmental Leadership Program

The mission of the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) is to support visionary, action-oriented, and diverse leadership for a just and sustainable future. ELP aims to catalyze change by providing emerging leaders with the support and guidance they need to launch new endeavors, achieve new successes, and rise to new leadership positions. Since 2000 we have created a dynamic network of 800 of the country’s top emerging environmental and social change leaders via ELP's unique programming which provides a life-long learning framework for personal and professional development.

International Fund for Animal Welfare

IFAW protects animals and the places they call home.  Our vision is a world where animals are respected and protected. With offices in 15 countries and projects in more than 40 countries, we rescue individual animals, safeguard populations, preserve habitat, and advocate for a better future. Founded in 1969, IFAW has provided almost 50 years of global leadership, innovation and hands-on assistance to animals and communities in need. Our holistic conservation approach includes reducing the demand and exploitation of wildlife at the source; working together with communities and enforcers to shut down poaching networks; pioneering first-ever successes in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of orphan animals back into the wild; activating where  needed most in the wake of global disasters; and advocating through expert research and solutions to the greatest threats to our planet’s populations and habitats.

Natural Resources Defense Council

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) uses law, science and the support of more than 2 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. Reviving the world’s oceans is one of NRDC’s top strategic priorities.  NRDC works to promote healthy and vital oceans by preserving special places and species, defending against destructive and harmful practices, and planning for a healthy ocean future.  Current initiatives include protecting the unique New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts and Cashes Ledge, promoting ecosystem-based ocean planning in the Mid-Atlantic, protecting the Atlantic coast from offshore oil and gas drilling, and  working to strengthen the Magnuson Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act. 

Ocean Conservancy

Ocean Conservancy educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean. From the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico to the halls of Congress, Ocean Conservancy brings people together to find solutions for our water planet. Informed by science, our work guides policy and engages people in protecting the ocean and its wildlife for future generations. Ocean Conservancy is committed to supporting efforts that benefit not just fish, wildlife and the places they live but also the people who depend on the ocean for food, jobs and recreation. We work closely with coastal communities all over the country, engaging them in efforts to protect their local resources and ensuring their voices are heard when decisions are being made. Finally, Ocean Conservancy recognizes that real leadership means real cooperation — among governments, businesses, scientists, policymakers, conservation organizations and citizen advocates. Based in Washington, D.C. Ocean Conservancy has staff presence in key coastal areas, including Alaska, Alabama, California, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, Oregon and Texas. Our staff of 90 has a powerful blend of scientific, legal, communications and policy expertise. Combined with the backing of our members, activists, volunteers and partners, we continue to inform and inspire action to ensure a healthy ocean for the future. 


Oceana is the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world’s oceans. Oceana wins policy victories for the oceans using science-based campaigns. Since 2001, we have protected over 1.2 million square miles of ocean and innumerable sea turtles, sharks, dolphins and other sea creatures. More than 550,000 supporters have already joined Oceana. Global in scope, Oceana has offices in North, South and Central America and Europe. To learn more, please visit

Peninsula Open Space Trust

Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) protects open space on the Peninsula and in the South Bay for the benefit of all. As a private nonprofit land trust, POST has been responsible for saving nearly 80,000 acres since 1977. POST works with private landowners and public agencies to connect people and nature. Visit for more information.

Point Blue Conservation Science

The mission of Point Blue Conservation Science is to conserve birds, other wildlife and ecosystems through science, partnerships, and outreach. They have been assessing changes in the environment and advancing conservation through bird and ecosystem studies since their founding as Point Reyes Bird Observatory in 1965.  Through science, partnerships and outreach, Point Blue’s 140 scientists work to maximize nature’s benefits for wildlife and people in our rapidly changing world.

Sustainable Ocean Alliance

Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California that develops leaders, cultivates ideas, and accelerates solutions in the field of ocean health and sustainability. Daniela V. Fernandez founded SOA in 2014 while she was an undergraduate to give young people a voice and a platform to effect real change on behalf of our ocean and climate. Daniela has since been inducted to 2019’s Forbes 30 Under 30 list and the World Economic Forum’s Friends of Ocean Action. In alignment with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal Number 14 to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development, SOA addresses the greatest threats to the global ocean through its two flagship programs:the Ocean Solutions Accelerator and Ocean Leadership Program. 

The Wilderness Society

The Wilderness Society is an organization of spirited people who, since 1935, have led the protection of a vast system of magnificent public lands that belong to everyone. We are also fighting to reduce climate change emissions and advocating for renewable energy solutions on our nation’s public lands. We promote equitable access to the outdoors for all.  Today, we are vigorously defending America’s national parks, forests, monuments, wildlife refuges and other wild lands from the most extensive effort ever to give away these public lands to private industry (primarily oil and gas drilling and mining) and exclude the people in this country from participating in decisions about how these lands are managed.