Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation


May, 2011


Switzer Programs and Network News


Fellow Updates  

PROGRAMSSwitzer Programs and Network News














We recently launched a new section on our website:  the Switzer Network blog.  The blog was created to allow space for Switzer Fellows and colleagues to invite discussions on topics of interest, and to post information.   Recent blog posts have included a discussion on the California Spring Retreat to the Central Valley and issues we confronted there, links to photos for both spring retreats, follow-up information on webinars, and a posting on what we have learned about the value of networks.  For those of you who have not yet checked out the blog, please do!  We invite you to start a discussion on the topic of your choice at any time. 


A couple of notes:

  • Fellows can create blog posts or comments at any time, as long as you are logged in.  (For help logging in, please contact Don Brackett.)
  • Colleagues/guests are also able to post or comment, but those posts will be held for approval by staff.
  • To keep current on blog posts, you can do one or both of the following:
    • Subscribe to the RSS feed on the Switzer website (click on the small orange box in the top right corner of each page on the website); and/or
    • Become a fan of the Switzer Foundation's Facebook page where you will receive notice of any posts!

We look forward to hosting your discussions!  Please contact Erin or Lissa with any questions. 


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Staying current on all of the exciting happenings at Switzer is easy! 

Subscribe to the RSS feed on our website to receive Switzer news, announcements, events, and blog discussions delivered directly to you via your email, Yahoo or Google account, or other application.  Simply click on the small orange box icon in the upper right hand corner of any page on our website.  Contact Erin with any questions.

Become a fan of our Facebook page!   All of our news, announcements and events get posted on Facebook and as a fan of the Switzer page, these posts will appear instantly in your news feed.  The Facebook page, in addition to the blog, is a great space for posting information you think will be of interest to other Fellows and colleagues.   Please become a fan, and spread the word! 


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This year, the Switzer Foundation celebrates its 25th year of supporting environmental leaders!  With almost 500 Fellows around the country and throughout the world, we are immensely proud of what the Foundation, and each of you, have accomplished.  To that end, we are hosting receptions on both coasts to coincide with 2011 Fellowship selection interviews.  Click here for more information on the receptions.

The California reception will be held this evening, Friday, May 6th at Delancey Foundation and Restaurant, 600 Embarcadero (at Brannan) in San Francisco, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The New England reception will be held Friday, May 13th at the Top of the Hub in the Prudential Building, 800 Boylston Street, Boston, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.


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Our annual board meeting will be held on Friday, May 13th, in Boston.  At the annual meeting, among other items on the agenda, Switzer trustees will make funding decisions on the excellent round of Leadership Grant proposals under consideration. 

Interviews for the 2011 Switzer Environmental Fellowships will be held on Saturday, May 7th in San Francisco for California fellowships, and Saturday, May 14th in Boston for New England fellowships. 

We will send an announcement in early summer with the new Fellows and new Leadership Grantees.  Stay tuned!

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requestforfeedback5.  reminders  

As always, we like to hear from Fellows!

  • Please contact Erin if there is a topic on which you would like to present a webinar, or a topic and speaker you would like for us to offer to the Network via webinar.
  • We are always looking for Fellows to write articles for the website or newsletter!  If you have a topic about which you would like to write, please contact Erin.


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shareyournews6.  SHARE YOUR NEWS!


We feel it is worth repeating a past announcement here to further our effort to strengthen the incredible network of Fellows.  Here are a few easy things you can do to share your news and connect with other Fellows:   


1.  If you haven't done so already, create an account on the Switzer website so you can post blog discussions or comments, have access to career and leadership resources, as well as information about Switzer events and trainings.  Contact Don if you haven't yet set up your account - it's easy and quick!


2.  Use the website's Fellows' Directory to search for Fellows in your field of interest or in your city or state.   


3.  Use the listserve to post information of use to the Network, or pose queries.  To send an email to the listserve (which goes to most Fellows), send to:  No attachments or large files, please.


4.   Become a Fan of Switzer's Facebook pageFind us on Facebook   T his is an easy and VERY effective way to get your message out to other Fellows and interested colleagues.  The Switzer Facebook page will have all of our news (including Fellow news), announcements, blog postings, and events updates.  As with many organizations, we are making a concerted effort to increase use of Facebook and we want you, as a Fan, to use the page to post items of interest or accomplishments.  The information you post will then go directly to all other fans' news feeds.  The Facebook page is for YOUR use!  Fellows can post to the Facebook page any time.


Thanks, everyone, for helping us to strengthen the Network!   


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conferencesII.  CONFERENCES


Please let Erin know if you will be attending any of these conferences - we can help arrange a Switzer Fellows get-together while you are there.

June 3-6, 2011:  National River Rally, North Charleston, SC
June 6-9, 2011:  Consultative Group on Biological Diversity Annual Meeting, Whitefish, MT
August 7-12, 2011:  Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Austin, TX


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Brett Thelen (2004) is now the Program Director at the Ashuelot Valley Environmental Observatory, the citizen science arm of the Harris Center for Conservation Education in Hancock, New Hampshire.

Cristina Balboa (2005) is Assistant Professor at Baruch College CUNY-School of Public Affairs and is on the faculty of its Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management.  Cristina also reports that her PhD dissertation, "When NGOs Govern:  Accountability in Private Conservation Networks" was chosen by the Association for Research on Non-Profit Organizations and Voluntary Action as outstanding dissertation of the year.

Alexa Engelman (2009) was awarded the EPA's Honors Attorney Fellowship for Region 9 in San Francisco where she will work in a diverse practice covering air, water, general law and waste.

Tom Morrison (2009) completed his PhD program at Dartmouth College where he focused on population decline in migratory wildlife, specifically wildebeest in northern Tanzania.  Tom is now engaged in a two-year post-doc position at the Wyoming Cooperative Game and Fish Research Unit evaluating ungulate population models used to set state hunting quotas.

Kevin Kennedy (1989) has left the California Air Resources Board and is now leading the U.S. Climate Initiative at the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC.

Daniel Orenstein (2004) has accepted a tenure-track appointment in the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel.

Derek Lemoine (2009) has accepted a faculty position with the University of Arizona's Institute of the Environment in Tucson, Arizona.

Max Parness (2010) was a speaker at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC in April in a program entitled, "The Free-Market Path to Electric Cars.

(Fellows, send your updates to Erin!)