EV Welcomes new Executive Director, Elliott Wright


PALO ALTO, California — After an extensive search, Environmental Volunteers is pleased to announce that Elliott Wright has been selected to serve as the new Executive Director!

Elliott Wright brings twelve years of experience in nonprofit leadership, management, development and environmental education. For the last six years Elliott has worked for The Nature Conservancy where he served as a Campaign Director of the Northern Sierra Partnership and Senior Associate Director of Development for the Conservancy, globally. Elliott previously held leadership positions at Canopy, Sempervirens Fund, and is still a Senior Instructor with National Outdoor Leadership School and REI for the last nine years. Elliott has a B.A. from Bowdoin College in Maine, with a double major in Environmental Science, History, and a minor in Biology. Elliott was a Senior Program Officer with El Pomar Foundation where he was part of a three-year fellowship in nonprofit leadership and management.

Joyce Friedrichs and Marion Krause, co-chairs of Environmental Volunteers’ Board of Directors shared this message: “On behalf of the EV community, we are excited to welcome Elliott. He brings a deep-rooted dedication to environmental education in our community, combined with exceptional skills in nonprofit leadership, fundraising, and program development. We are confident that under Elliott’s leadership, Environmental Volunteers will continue to engage and inspire students, teachers, families, and people from all walks of life to engage in science and nature education in meaningful ways. Together, we are committed to building a strong future for the EV and expanding the reach of our vitally important work to build connection to and stewardship of the natural world.”

Elliott is excited to join Environmental Volunteers. In his words, “All people — age zero to 100 — deserve nature and the outdoors. It’s a right, like clean air or clean water… and kids should be first in line. I’m thrilled and honored to work alongside EV’s incredible staff and volunteers who are out on the trails and in classrooms everyday — inspiring wonder, cultivating science skills, leading restoration efforts, and educating for action. This amazing community of staff, educators, and volunteers have inspired a love of science and nature for more than 45 years. Last year alone, the EV reached more than 10,000 youth in 400+ programs across 50 schools. They also hosted 125 field trips! What kids learn in these experiences — what they remember and hold in their heart — will stay with them for the rest of their lives.”

Environmental Volunteer’s previous Executive Director, Allan Berkowitz, left the organization in June 2017 after 17 years of service. Following Allan, Jim Rettew served as Interim Executive Director while the board of directors launched a search for a permanent executive director.

Read more about Environmental Volunteers here, including our mission and history.

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