Working Together

The Center for Diversity & the Environment harnesses the power of racial and ethnic diversity to transform the U.S. environmental movement by developing leaders, catalyzing change within institutions & building alliances.

We envision a healthy, flourishing planet and society that sustainably and equitably meets the needs of all through an environmental movement that is diverse, inclusive, successful, vibrant, and relevant, taking into account the needs, perspectives, and voices of all.

Queta González



Queta believes that our differences make us stronger. A deep resonance with family, community, learning, service and compassion underpin both her life and work. She is the Director of the Portland-based Center for Diversity & the Environment (CDE).

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Vanessa Bird

Development Director

Vanessa Bird is Southern Paiute, a mother, sister, auntie, and partner. She joined CDE in 2020 to develop and deepen relationships with community partners, stakeholders, and funders and to cultivate resource opportunities to support CDE programming and initiatives.

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Tanya Pluth

Program Associate

Tanya Pluth became a CDE Program Associate in 2019. For over 15 years, Tanya has engaged as a consultant, facilitator, and teacher with thousands of stakeholders on issues of equity, diversity and inclusion in a variety of settings: students and administrators, non-profits, small business staff and leaders, and individuals seeking to improve their leadership or interpersonal skills grounded in an equity lens. In every opportunity, Tanya looks for the contribution she can make that will create more equity, justice, growth, and joy in the world.

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Jody Van Riper

Operations Associate

Jody Van Riper is the heart of CDE Operations. She works closely with the staff and our partners to ensure CDE is running smoothly and everyone has the information and support they need. Jody is an alum of CDE’s Environment 2042 Leadership Program, has been a CDE Program Associate since 2016, and joined our staff in 2020.

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