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 and clean energy field.

The cost to host a RAY Fellow comprises of the following: Fellow salary (minimum $40,000 USD), fringe benefits, program contribution fee, relocation stipend, professional development, travel, and lodging for fellowship gatherings, for a total estimated program cost of $62,500 USD. For Federal and State governmental agencies, the total estimated program cost is $92,500.

If your organization is interested in learning more about joining this partnership or any questions on cost assistance and grant support, please contact steven@elpnet.org.

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RAY Conservation Fellows

The Pew Charitable Trusts

The Pew Charitable Trusts uses data to make a difference. For more than 70 years, we have focused on serving the public, invigorating civic life, conducting nonpartisan research, advancing effective public policies and practices, and achieving tangible results. Through rigorous inquiry and knowledge sharing, we inform and engage public-spirited citizens and organizations, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause. We are a dedicated team of researchers, communicators, advocates, subject matter experts, and professionals working on some of today’s big challenges – and we know we are more effective and creative collectively than we are individually. With Philadelphia as our hometown and the majority of our staff located in Washington, D.C., our U.S. and international staff find working at Pew personally and professionally rewarding. Wise stewardship of resources allows Pew employees to pursue work that strategically furthers our mission in significant and measurable ways. We collaborate with a diverse range of philanthropic partners, public and private organizations, and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven initiatives to improve society. Pew attracts top talent, people of integrity who are service-oriented and willing to take on challenging assignments. We provide competitive pay and benefits, a healthy work-life balance, and a respectful and inclusive workplace. Pew employees are proud of their colleagues, proud of where they work, and proud of the institution’s reputation.

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. 

NOAA Fisheries

NOAA Fisheries is responsible for the stewardship of the nation's ocean resources and their habitat. We provide vital services for the nation: productive and sustainable fisheries, safe sources of seafood, the recovery and conservation of protected resources, and healthy ecosystems—all backed by sound science and an ecosystem-based approach to management. U.S. fisheries are among the world’s largest and most sustainable. Seafood harvested from U.S. federally managed fisheries is inherently sustainable as a result of the U.S. fishery management process. Using the Magnuson-Stevens Act as the guide, NOAA Fisheries works in partnership with Regional Fishery Management Councils to assess and predict the status of fish stocks, set catch limits, ensure compliance with fisheries regulations, and reduce bycatch. The resilience of our marine ecosystems and coastal communities depend on healthy marine species, including protected species such as whales, sea turtles, corals, and salmon. Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act, NOAA Fisheries works to recover protected marine species while allowing economic and recreational opportunities. NOAA Fisheries, also known as the National Marine Fisheries Service, is an office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration within the Department of Commerce. We have five regional offices, six science centers, and more than 20 laboratories around the United States and U.S. territories, and we work with partners across the nation.

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

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 www.oceana.org

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 openspacetrust.org 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.

Rainforest Action Network

Rainforest Action Network (RAN) preserves forests, protects the climate and upholds human rights by challenging corporate power and systemic injustice through research, education, frontline partnerships, non-violent direct action, grassroots organizing, strategic campaigns and communications. RAN works toward a world where the rights and dignity of all communities are respected and where healthy forests, a stable climate and wild biodiversity are protected and celebrated. We are committed to working with Indigenous and frontline communities directly impacted by profit-driven systems of injustice. In partnership with allies from around the world, RAN challenges corporations to stop destructive operations, respect human rights, and adopt policies that reduce their contributions to climate change. RAN is committed to doing what is necessary, not only what is considered politically feasible.

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 Nature Conservancy

Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

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.

US Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a federal agency under the Department of Interior with a mission of working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.  We are the only agency in the federal government whose primary responsibility is the conservation and management of these important natural resources for the American public. The Service's origins date back to 1871 when Congress established the U.S. Fish Commission to study the decrease in the nation’s food fishes and recommend ways to reverse that decline. Today, we are a diverse and largely decentralized organization, employing about 8,000 dedicated professionals working out of facilities across the country, including a headquarters office in Falls Church, Virginia, and eight regional offices. We are responsible for implementing some of our Nation’s most important environmental laws, such as the Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Pittman-Robertson/Dingell-Johnson wildlife and sportfish restoration laws, Lacey Act, North American Wetlands Conservation Act, and Marine Mammal Protection Act. We fulfill these and other statutory responsibilities through an array of programs, activities, and offices that function to: Protect and recover threatened and endangered species; Monitor and manage migratory birds; Restore nationally significant fisheries; Enforce federal wildlife laws and regulate international wildlife trade; Conserve and restore fish and wildlife habitat such as wetlands; Manage and distribute over a billion dollars each year to states, territories and tribes for fish and wildlife conservation; Help foreign governments conserve wildlife through international conservation efforts; and Fulfill our federal tribal trust responsibility.

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.

Energy Trust of Oregon

Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to energy efficiency and renewable energy development. We serve the Oregon customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas, Avista, and SW Washington customers of NW Natural. Year over year, Energy Trust is recognized as one of the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon.

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 www.imt.org 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.