Organization/Business: Environmental Charter Schools
“As founder of Environmental Charter Schools since 2000, Alison Suffet Diaz has demonstrated how hundreds of low-income, at-risk youth can become confident, educated, critical thinkers who are equipped to graduate from college and tackle environmental, social, economic and cultural challenges for a more equitable sustainable world locally and across the nation.” – Lauren Deutsch, Nominator
About the nominee:
Alison Suffet Diaz is the Founder of Environmental Charter Schools (ECS). Under Diaz’s leadership as the Executive Director & CEO for the majority of the last 20 years, ECS has flourished into an award-winning educational institution with a dynamic team of commended staff members. A teacher and lawyer by training (and mother at heart), Diaz set out to create a different kind of educational experience for students, which has evolved into a model for schools across the country. Environmental Charter High School is ranked in the top 3% of U.S. public high schools by U.S. News & World Report, and was chosen as one of three national finalists in President Obama’s Race to the Top Commencement Challenge. In June 2019, Diaz transitioned into the role of Director of Growth and Sustainability for ECS.
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