Marcelo speaks and writes passionately about his broad vision of diversifying the environmental movement to audiences around the U.S. In 2005, he founded the Environmental Professionals of Color and the Center for Diversity & the Environment, where he works with leaders and environmental institutions to effectively include diversity, equity, and inclusion in the foundation of their work.
Marcelo is a Green 2.0 Advisory Board Member, a member of the Diverse Environmental Leaders Speakers Bureau, Environmental Leadership Program Senior Fellow and a TogetherGreen Conservation Fellow. His work has been featured in The New York Times, High Country News, The Oregonian, Prism Magazine, Colors NW, Sustainlane.com, Saving Land Magazine, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education Magazine, Sustainable Industries Magazine and other publications. He has has delivered more than 70 talks, including keynote speeches at the International Congress for Conservation Biology, Association of Partners for Public Lands Partnership Convention, Portland State University, and Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Annual Conference.
Marcelo previously worked on biodiversity conservation, land use, and policy issues for numerous organizations, including: Defenders of Wildlife, the National Park Service, and Massachusetts Audubon Society. Marcelo received his Master’s Degree from Tufts University and Bachelor’s Degree from Yale University. In 2008, he co-wrote with Charles Jordan a visionary article, titled “Diversifying the American Environmental Movement.” He is a published author in the book, Diversity and the Future of the U.S. Environmental Movement, the Land Trust Alliance’s Special 25th Anniversary Issue, Grist Magazine, and the journal, Conservation Biology.
Marcelo’s inspiration in making the world a better place lies in his two daughters Stella and Kyra. Their laughter, joy, honesty and multi-racial make-up provide him with hope that the world can and will be a better and more inclusive place by the time they are adults.