Green Leadership Trust Announces Hiring of Interim Executive Director

Caledonia, OH– The Green Leadership Trust announces the hire of its first Interim Executive Director, Francisco “Paco” Ollervides.  For over 18 years, Francisco has worked in the nonprofit sector specifically developing leadership and building capacity of Boards for environmental organizations in USA and throughout Latin America.

“We believe Paco is the right leader to advance The Green Leadership Trust’s strategic goals, at one of the most dynamic and chaotic moments in American political and environmental history. Paco’s passion and commitment to our cause –radically diversifying environmentalism—coupled with his deep knowledge of our work will enable him to plan more effectively for the future, expand our programs, and introduce innovative approaches to broadening the leadership ranks of the environmental movement.”–said Dr. M. K. Dorsey, a Green Leadership Trust Steering committee Co-chair.

Francisco will serve as the strategic leader, public representative, organizer and networker of the Green Leadership Trust, a network of people of color and indigenous people who serve on the boards of the 35 largest environmental groups in the United States (the Green Group). With support of the Green Leadership Trust’s Steering Committee, he will oversee the operational needs of Green Leadership Trust, including communications with current and future members and funders, as well as promote best practices for board leadership on diversity and inclusion, and creating tools for most effectively disseminating and implementing these best practices.

“We are excited to have Paco join the Green Leadership Trust family. We are at an important crossroads in our work to build power for and with black, indigenous and people of color as a function of our duty to a sustainable environment. Paco’s record of care and relationship building will be an incredible added value as we focus our efforts to build our membership and networks in in the political power of this moment,” said Tamara Toles O’Laughlin, a Green Leadership Trust Steering committee Co-chair.

Upon his hire, Francisco stated, “I am thrilled to join the Green Leadership Trust and look forward to leading our efforts of building power and diversity in the environmental sector by elevating the leaders from communities of color, indigenous communities, and low-income communities.”

GLT hasthe overarching goal of building the environmental movement’s power and diversity. A coordinated and strong approach is warranted and more urgent than ever. GLT was born six years ago out of real and pressing needs, it has had some level of impact on the movement in the early years, and is now poised to rise to the current challenges.

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