Promoting Professional Development and Best Practice in EE
Anne Umali has been working in the environmental education field since 2000, and has built a strong passion for teaching and training others, especially when it comes to leadership training, community engagement, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Anne is the Project Manager for the ee360 Project at the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), U.S. EPA’s most recent National Environmental Education & Training Program. Before NAAEE, she was the Project Manager for EECapacity, the U.S. EPA’s National Environmental Education & Training Program that was housed at Cornell University 2011-2016. Previously she worked at the National Audubon Society developing and managing the Conservation Leadership Fellows Program of TogetherGreen, Audubon’s 5-year $20 million innovative conservation program in alliance with Toyota. As the first Fellows Program Manager, she led the program’s initial design and implementation, including the program’s stellar Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute brought together the interdisciplinary group of Fellows and other leaders in the field of environmental education, strategic communications, evaluation, conservation planning, and diversity and inclusion, to network and learn from each other.
Before Audubon she worked over four years at the Department of Environmental and Conservation Programs at the Field Museum of Chicago as the International Programs Manager for education. She organized EE training and natural resource use workshops for forest communities within a newly established 3.4 million acre protected area in Bolivia’s super diverse Amazon region. She led environmental education workshops on topics that focused on cultural practices related to sustainable livelihoods and led community workshops about their aspirations for the future and the links between quality of life and the conservation of natural resources. Her first experiences with EE began in Ecuador where she was a Natural Resources Peace Corps Volunteer. As a Volunteer she first discovered the power of environmental education to inspire creativity, learning, and cross-cultural exchange.