In 2019, Restore America’s Estuaries updated its strategic plan to include a new core pillar explicitly focused on the need to change and expand how estuary and coastal conservation is practiced: We aim to engage a broader, more inclusive community to increase the scale of our efforts and achieve big wins that lead to healthy and resilient bays and estuaries.
To achieve this vision, RAE launched the Inclusive Coasts Initiative, with the help of the National Science Foundation, to improve diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) in grantmaking, project design, and implementation in the coastal sector.
RAE is excited to announce that Dr. Philip McAdoo will support this work as the Senior Advisor to the Inclusive Coasts Initiative.
McAdoo is a subject matter expert on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with over 15 years of experience in the field. Currently, McAdoo serves as the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Earthjustice.
Before founding his own consulting firm, he served as the Director of Equity, Justice, and Community at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. Through his consulting work, McAdoo has collaborated with several nonprofits and educational institutions to help them optimize their training, development, and succession planning strategies so that diverse talent is represented.
McAdoo is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in communications studies, holds an MA in transformative leadership from The California Institute of Integral Studies, and earned a Doctor of Education from The University of Pennsylvania in the Graduate School of Education.
RAE trusts that the Inclusive Coasts Initiative will help guide the coastal conservation sector into a future with improved access and reach to grant funding. With the guidance and support of Philip McAdoo, RAE is working towards a just distribution of resources and access that benefits all members of coastal communities. As one of the leading organizations in estuary protection and restoration, RAE believes it can play a key part in addressing these issues as a grant facilitator, stakeholder convener, and project implementer.
If you would like to be involved with RAE’s DEIJ work through the Inclusive Coasts Initiative, through sponsorship opportunities, or joining the Working Group, please sign up for updates and announcements here.