Charles Espedido (commonly known as Charlie) is the Program Coordinator 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 Coordinator, 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.