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Our Mission

The mission of the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) is to support visionary, action-oriented, and diverse leadership for a just and sustainable future. ELP aims to catalyze change by providing emerging leaders with the support and guidance they need to launch new endeavors, achieve new successes, and rise to new leadership positions. Since 2000 we have created a dynamic network of over 1,000 of the country’s top emerging environmental and social change leaders.

What We Do

We train a new generation of environmental leaders characterized by diversity, innovation, collaboration, and effective communications. We address the needs of emerging environmental leaders from academia, business, government and non-profits by:

  • Providing training and learning opportunities to increase their leadership capacity through our Fellowship Program;
  • Connecting Fellows with peers through our regional and national networks;
  • Linking Fellows with experienced environmental leaders through substantive interactions and mentoring opportunities;
  • Focusing attention on the need for the environmental community to develop the next generation of leaders.


Staff Contact Information  

Teri Brezner

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Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Program Director, DDCSP Alumni Network

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Teri leads ELP's internal and external Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) strategies and programming, including the design and management of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Alumni Network, RAY Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship and the DEI training in ELP's fellowship programs and consulting projects.  Teri is also a Senior Fellow of the ELP Chesapeake Regional Network.

Teri is a fierce advocate for social justice and supports social change movements that envision and demand a more just and sustainable future.  She has more than a decade of experience using participatory methods and dialogue education to create inclusive spaces that support diverse leaders and communities to transform themselves, their communities and the social change sector. Teri has managed leadership development programs for hundreds of social change leaders in the US and abroad, working for organizations that include Peace Corps, Phelps Stokes, 2Seeds, Management Sciences for Health, Rare and the International Fund for Animal Welfare. She holds a Masters in Adult Learning and Global Change from the University of British Columbia with a specialization in intercultural training and education from American University and a Bachelors in International Studies and Spanish from the University of Richmond. 

Teri is originally from Canada, she grew up mostly in Toronto, Montreal and upstate NY and has been based in DC area for the last 10 years. When she's not working on social change, she spends her free time attending her partner's poetry readings, hosting dance parties and game nights, cuddling up with her two cats and a good book or hiking the nearby Shenandoah mountains. 


Lucy Alejos

Lucy Alejos

Lucy manages digital communications and engagement for Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program Alumni Network, including webinar experiences and social media. Whether serving as a College Adviser through Americorps or designing marketing materials for Outdoor Outreach, common threads that have run throughout Lucy’s career are relationship-building, curriculum design, and resource sharing. Prior to joining ELP, Lucy coordinated grants, outdoor education programs, and special event opportunities for the REI Co-op’s Mid-Atlantic Market and Houston Market. Lucy is grateful to serve as a Natural Leader and Fresh Tracks Trainer for Children & Nature Network, a council member for National Parks Conservation Association’s Next Generation Advisory Council, and a member of the UTeach-Liberal Arts Advisory Council. Lucy grew up surrounded by mesquite trees, cactus, and roadrunners in San Antonio, Texas. In her spare time, you can find Lucy repeatedly falling off and climbing back on her surfboard in her new home of San Diego, California or on her phone studying Spanish on Duolingo.