GR: When I started as a fundraising consultant with CalTrout 15 years ago the organization was one of a portfolio of worthwhile clients. By the second year, I was so impressed with the organization’s potential – it’s people and community-based model - that I was glad to commit myself full time. My gratitude grows each year – it’s fulfilling to know that you are part of a team making real change on the ground. Global warming and species extinction would be overwhelming without this opportunity to address it meaningfully.
GR: My favorite part of the job is helping the regions translate their vision into programs on the ground. I also really enjoy leading and learning from the grants team – a remarkable group of smart, cooperative, kind, women. A recent highlight for me is the Diversity Equity Inclusion and Justice rubric that the grants team developed to support and evaluate the changes CalTrout is committed to making within our conservation model. Over the course of a year, the team conducted a literature review, evaluated a range of methodologies, discussed criteria at length, and finetuned the application to meet the specifics of our work. Together with regional staff, the grants team reviews projects at their launch – in terms of our goals for diversity, equity, inclusion and justice – with our partners, vendors, decision making processes, outreach, and communication.
GR: The move beyond a male dominated conservation field has opened other doors to progress as well. For example, we are better able to speak about the importance of relationships in getting the work done – relationships built by men and women alike – but more readily discussed by women.
GR: Sojourner Truth’s unwavering activism, her orientation to hope, and the signs she embroidered – I find especially inspiring.
GR: Do it. We need you.
GR: I visit the bay at dawn most mornings – I’ve come to know it and love it well.
Cover Photo: Gaby Roff and her art as a backdrop.