National EcoLeader Coordinator, NWF EcoLeaders Program/Campus Ecology
A proud native of Newark, NJ, Eriqah R. K. Vincent is a 2010 departmental honors graduate of Spelman College with a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Women’s Studies. In her newly promoted position of National EcoLeader Coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation's EcoLeaders Program, Eriqah manages the program’s recruitment efforts to the new online community and leadership development initiative for youth environmental leaders. She also works to strengthen local and regional networks of campuses, such as the Georgia Campus Sustainability Network, committed to sustainability by organizing educational events. Her main personal and professional passion is to provide resources and in depth student environmental leadership development to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, like her beloved alma mater, in an effort to advance minority presence in this movement. While in school, Eriqah was an active member and on the executive board of several organizations including the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), Spelman chapter. However it was her introduction to Students Endeavoring for Enlightened Environmental Decisions (SEeED), a Morehouse College chartered organization that helped her discover her passion for environmental justice and environmental sustainability. She went on to serve as Internal Director of that organization in her senior year and helped organize two of the largest African American student delegations to PowerShift, once in 2009 and again in 2011. Outside of school, Eriqah has worked extensively with the Let’s Retrofit A Million Project (formerly Let’s Raise A Million), and was the Georgia Coal Diversity Organizer intern for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE). She is currently a member of the Diverse Environmental Leaders (DEL) National Speakers Bureau, an organization that coalesces and represents a wide range of talented and accomplished environmental professionals of color who can help shift the environmental conversation in America to become more inclusive and equitable at all levels. Eriqah plans to start her master’s program in Fall 2016 to obtain a degree in non-profit management.