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Marcelo Bonta, advisor

Founder and Executive Director, Center for Diversity & the Environment

Marcelo Bonta, advisor

Marcelo Bonta is the founder and executive director of the Center for Diversity & the Environment, an organization devoted to racially and ethnically diversifying the U.S. environmental movement, and the founder of the Environmental Professionals of Color, a growing network of over 300 leaders of color across the U.S.
Marcelo’s work has been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Grist Magazine, Saving Land Magazine, High Country News,’s “Sustainable City Rankings,” Colors NW Magazine, The Oregonian, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education Magazine, Sustainable Industries Magazine, and homes+gardens northwest magazine. He serves on the Diverse Partners for Environmental Progress National Council, Orion Grassroots Network Advisory Board, Saving Land Magazine Editorial Board, Columbia Land Trust Board of Trustees, and the Verde Advisory Council.
Marcelo has written numerous pieces, including “Diversifying the American Environmental Movement” (co-authored with Charles Jordan), “Kyra’s Path: Reflecting on his daughter’s future, a father says the green movement must diversify,” and “How to Diversify Environmentalism? The movement’s greatest challenge is its own lack of diversity.”  He is a published author in the book, Diversity and the Future of the U.S. Environmental Movement, the Land Trust Alliance's Special 25th Anniversary Issue, Grist Magazine, and the journal, Conservation Biology.
Marcelo has worked on biodiversity conservation, land use, and policy issues for numerous organizations, including Defenders of Wildlife, the National Park Service, and Massachusetts Audubon Society. He received a joint master's degree in biology and environmental policy from Tufts University and a bachelor's degree from Yale University.  He resides in Portland, OR with his wife and two daughters.