Staff

Charlie Espedido

RAY Clean Energy Manager

Charles Espedido (commonly known as Charlie -- he/him) is the Program Manager for the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Clean Energy Diversity Fellowship. Charlie is driven by his love for mentorship and increasing diversity in the environmental movement. As a RAY Program Manager, he leads the day-to-day responsibilities of the fellowship which aims to facilitate energy efficiency and renewable energy-related career pathways for emerging leaders of color.

Prior to joining ELP, Charlie was a Program Assistant for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) supporting Midwest environmental justice and safe drinking water efforts through program support, coalition building, research, and mapping. He is passionate about the intersections of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the environmental movement by participating on various DEI committees at NRDC, his involvement with the Environmentalists of Color network, and building up an advocacy group called the Chicago Asian Americans for Environmental Justice (CAAEJ). In his spare time, you’ll find him either taking a hip-hop dance class, working on his aerial/circus skills, or on the quest to find the best iced mocha. Charlie holds a bachelor’s degree from the Loyola University Chicago studying Environmental Science: Public Health and is based in Chicago, Illinois.

April M Yi

RAY Partnerships Manager

April (she/her/hers) has recently joined the team as the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Partnerships Manager. In this role, she supports hosting and non-hosting organizations as well as ELP retreats. April brings 19 years of experience in business development, fundraising, and nonprofit management to ELP.  

As a nonprofit executive at regional and national organizations she has partnered with numerous academic, environmental, and youth-centered organizations on the design and implementation of business strategies and funding models that support sustainability and support healthy growth.

Working collaboratively with large and small teams she has developed and led projects from start-up, full implementation, to scale-up. As an enterprise leader April has developed and cultivated staff, created and implemented development strategies, designed and analyzed SWOT research, formulated a competitive market analysis and evaluated outcomes to determine the next steps.

April has a deep passion for social impact work that directly affects marginalized communities and engages stakeholders in a meaningful stewardship that leads to long-term impact and partnership.

April is a 1999 graduate of Notre Dame of Maryland University. She earned a Masters from Johns Hopkins University in 2002 and is an ELP alumnus, 2013. 

Guilu Murphy

RAY Conservation Manager

Guilu (she/her) is the Conservation Program Manager for the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Diversity Fellowship. She is passionate about supporting underrepresented and marginalized voices in the environmental field with the ultimate goal of supporting healthy, equitable, and accessible environments for all. As the RAY Program Manager, she leads the day-to-day functions of the fellowship which aims to support young leaders of color in conservation-related career pathways. She cultivates supportive environments for the Fellows with resources to learn and lead.

Guilu received her BA in East Asian Studies and Environmental Studies from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. She is also an alum of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP) at the University of Michigan. She’s learned to love mentorship through her own incredible mentors, and of the many younger students she’s had the joy of working with through DDCSP and beyond. When not working she enjoys listening to NPR/podcasts, embroidering, reading, dancing, and sharing food with friends.