Mission Critical, Consultant
Angela Park is an independent consultant, researcher, writer, and founder of Mission Critical (formerly Diversity Matters*), an organization dedicated to making social justice and equity hallmarks of progressive advocacy and policy making. She brings nearly three decades of experience on sustainable development policy, environmental justice, equity and diversity, and organizational and leadership development. While her primary focus is partnerships with nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, Angela has consulted for banking, technology, retail, communications, insurance, and utilities industries in addition to educational institutions and government agencies at all levels.
Angela has testified before Congress and state legislatures and lectures at colleges across the United States. A sought-after speaker, she has keynoted conferences for Bowdoin College, Urban Sustainability Directors Network, The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, Coalition for a Livable Future, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders, Western States Center, the North American Association for Environmental Education, and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, among others. She researched and wrote Equity in Sustainability (2014) and Everybody’s Movement: Environmental Justice and Climate Change (2009) and her work has been published by The Diversity Factor, Grist, and Yale University and featured in Audubon.
Previously, Angela worked at The White House in both terms of the Clinton-Gore administration, managing sustainable communities policy and constituency engagement at the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. She led research and recommendations to the President on wide-ranging issues from civic participation and environmental justice to sustainable economic development and smart growth. She coordinated state-level sustainable development initiatives at the Center for Policy Alternatives, focusing on legislation to promote renewable energy, public transportation, energy efficiency, and environmental justice. Angela co-founded and served as deputy director of the Environmental Leadership Program, participated in the inaugural class of the Donella Meadows Leadership Fellows Program, and graduated from the NTL Institute’s Diversity Practitioner Certificate Program. She was named a Young Woman of Achievement by the Women’s Information Network in Washington, DC. Angela has served as a director on numerous nonprofit boards and is currently an advisor to the Kresge Foundation’s Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity Initiative. She recently concluded a major energy retrofit and renewable energy installation with her family at their home in Vermont.
- Training, education, and learning on equity, diversity, and inclusion; environmental, social, racial, and economic justice; leadership development and management and supervisory competencies; emotional intelligence; Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
- Public policy, advocacy, and philanthropy—climate change, transportation, smart growth, sustainable agriculture and food systems, sustainability, conservation; community and economic development and the arts; integrating equity and social justice
- Strategy, planning, and facilitation
- Coaching, management counsel, and conflict mediation
- Integrating equity throughout organizational policies, practices, and infrastructure
- Research and writing
Equity in Sustainability: An Equity Scan of Local Government Sustainability Programs written for Urban Sustainabilty Directors Network (2014)
Angela was featured in an Audubon Magazine article by Barry Yeoman, Facing the Future, published in September/October 2011. Listen to her Audubon Magazine interview on diversity in the environmental field.
Angela wrote Everybody’s Movement: Environmental Justice and Climate Change, published by the Environmental Research Center, 2009.
* Angela used the skills and opportunities she has gained as a Fellow to launch Diversity Matters. She integrated systems concepts into the organization’s training curriculum and communications programs. This includes testing assumptions about the root causes of the lack of diversity in the environmental field, mapping impacts and dynamics of interpersonal interactions and organizational policies, and making visible the mental models that can thwart well-intended organizational efforts.
Updated March 2016.
Expertise: Agriculture and Food, Art and Culture, Climate Change, Energy, Environment, Poverty Eradication, Social Justice, Urban
Sector: Business, Education, Government, Nonprofit, Philanthropy, Research
Geography: East, USA, North America, United States