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Angela Park

Diversity Matters: changing the culture of change, Founder and Executive Director

Hartland, Vermont

Angela is a writer, independent consultant, and founder/executive director of Diversity Matters. Much of her work focuses on the integration of social, environmental, and economic issues, and she is a leading expert on diversity in the environmental field in the United States, combining a unique high-level policy background and organization development expertise. Angela has more than 20 years of experience in equity, diversity and inclusion, organization development, culture change, sustainable development policy, environmental justice, and leadership.

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.

Currently, she is researching and writing a forthcoming report analyzing 20 years of progress and setbacks in making the environmental field more equitable, inclusive, and diverse. She researched and wrote the 2009 report, Everybody’s Movement: Environmental Justice and Climate Change. Angela’s most recent articles were published in Grist Magazine and The Diversity Factor, in addition to being featured in an Audubon Magazine article, Facing the Future. Listen to her Audubon Magazine interview on diversity in the environmental field.

As a trainer, consultant, facilitator, and coach, she has worked with clients including the Ford Foundation, Chicago Community Trust, Environmental Grantmakers Association, Yale University, Trust for Public Land, FedEx, United Technologies, Eileen Fisher, the New England Aquarium, Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, and Elsie Y. Cross and Associates.

Previously, Angela worked at The White House in both terms of the Clinton/Gore administration, coordinated state level sustainable development initiatives at the Center for Policy Alternatives, and co-founded and served as deputy director of the Environmental Leadership Program. In addition, she has done substantial work on organization development and inclusion and diversity in a wide range of sectors including banking, technology, retail, communications, insurance, and utilities. She participated in the inaugural class of the Donella Meadows Leadership Fellows Program, graduated from the NTL Institute’s Diversity Practitioner Certificate Program, and was named a Young Woman of Achievement by the Women’s Information Network. Angela has served as a director on numerous nonprofit boards. She lives on an organic farm and ecological cohousing community in Vermont.

Selected Publications
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.

Updated March 2012.