New York, NY (August 17, 2022)—The Open Space Institute (OSI) today announced two young leaders have been selected for the 2022-23 Conservation Diversity Fellowship program. Now in its sixth year, the fellowship is a full-time, paid position that offers college or post-graduate candidates from diverse backgrounds the chance to gain professional experience and accomplish meaningful goals in the field of conservation.
The fellowship aims to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive conservation movement by supporting a pipeline of future environmental leaders. Beyond invaluable work experience, the program also provides fellows with ongoing professional opportunities, including mentorship, networking, and career placement support.
This year’s fellows are Anne Lee and Aisha Rodriguez. Working alongside OSI staff, Anne and Aisha will spend the year exploring career topics in conservation such as land acquisition, grant administration, accessibility and equity in the outdoors, science and research, and non-profit administration.
“Our work at OSI benefits from the new ideas, high-energy, and fresh perspectives our fellows bring to our organization each year, and in turn, we feel privileged to help our fellows develop the skills they need to be change-makers in their communities and the world,” said Kim Elliman, president and CEO of the Open Space Institute. “We look forward to mentoring and collaborating with talented, young conservationists, Anne and Aisha, over the next year.”