Whitney Tome

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Whitney Tome
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Title:Counsel & Executive Director
Organization:The Raben Group & Green 2.0

Diversity Derailed

The nonprofit sector is no stranger to glaring racial disparities within sector-wide leadership. With minority communities set to surpass 50 percent of the U.S. population by 2042, a mere seven percent of nonprofit chief executives and 18 percent of employees are people of color, while white employees still dominate 95 percent of the entire sector.

Can it get worse? Just look towards the mainstream environmental organizations. While people of color support environmental protection at a higher rate than the white population, people of color still comprise only 12 to 16 percent of staff at environmental organizations and agencies. It gets worse at the leadership and board level, with only 12 percent of leadership roles and 4.6 percent of board seats filled by people of color. With the enlistment of executive search firms, why does diversity among mainstream environmental NGO staff and leadership remain this limited?

Green 2.0, the only organization solely dedicated to increasing racial diversity across mainstream environmental NGOs, foundations and government agencies, set out to answer this question in their landmark report, Diversity Derailed: Limited Demand, Effort, and Results in Environmental C-Suites - http://www.diversegreen.org/diversity-derailed/ .

Whitney Tome, executive director of Green 2.0, will assess the data detailed in the Diversity Derailed report, discussing the failure on both sides - NGOs/Foundations and Executive Search Firms - to improve the diversity in Environmental C-Suites, while offering recommendations for improved practices that will help future job candidates of color break the green ceiling.


An experienced advocate and facilitator, Whitney Tome brings poise, discipline, and attention to detail to all her work at The Raben Group, and particularly as she helms the groundbreaking environmental diversity initiative Green 2.0. Whitney brings people, organizations, and groups together to achieve their goals. She has worked on several environmental issues from oceans and fisheries to national parks because she is passionate about our planet, its resources and the people who will live on it for years to come. Before coming to the Raben Group, Whitney worked on several political campaigns at Environmental Defense Fund’s Oceans Program, built long-term partnerships with universities, and established clear and measurable diversity metrics for National Parks Conservation Association. Whitney earned her bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and a law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law, where she won the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Commercial Mediation Competition in Paris, France.

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