Board of Directors


    The Board of Directors helps shape and facilitate the work of GPSEN. Members of the Board volunteer their time to:

    • establish GPSEN’s mission, vision, values, goals, and objectives
    • create strategic plans to meet the core mission and goals of GPSEN
    • attend monthly meetings
    • provide input on GPSEN/RCE activities
    • help with outreach to increase awareness of the mission of GPSEN in our broader communities
    • serve as liaisons between GPSEN and their member organizations
    • attend quarterly GPSEN partner and stakeholder meetings
    • and conduct the overall business of GPSEN through volunteering with a subcommittee and/or working group of interest.

For information, please contact Heather Spalding.



  • Develop organizational structure/internal policies to meet mission and goals
  • Engage in strategic planning
  • Model ethical governance, including accountability and transparency
  • Develop and implement policies on organizational and political advocacy
  • Maintain accountability of GPSEN on issues of diversity, equity, and justice as they relate to sustainability education
  • Seek out and implement funding opportunities to support staff and project capacity
  • Develop strategic partnerships with other regional efforts
  • Develop assessment tools that evaluate results of programs and support transparency and accountability
  • Assess outcomes and provide public reports

Working Groups

  • Policy and Planning
  • Ethics
  • Diversity and Equity
  • Development
  • Assessment

To join the Governance Committee or a working group, contact Neeraja Havaligi. For more information on Development efforts, contact Laura Kutner.

Outreach & Communications

  • Develop and implement plans for outreach and partnership development and retention
  • Facilitate transparency on GPSEN’s goals and actions
  • Participate in programs to raise public awareness about education for sustainable development, including presentations and tabling
  • Develop clear branding, messaging and marketing materials
  • Insure diverse representation, messaging and actions based on social equity and justice
  • Influence broader policy development related to education for sustainable development
  • Manage listservs, newsletter, social media, and website
  • Keep updated calendar/opportunities list for partners/public
  • Collect best practices and resources to be shared on website and in newsletters

Working Groups

  • Partnerships
  • Community Outreach
  • Marketing
  • Advocacy
  • Newsletter and Social Media
  • Website

To join the Outreach & Communications Committee or a working group, contact Briar Schoon.

Programs & Events

  • Increase sustainability education and training opportunities in the region
  • Co-sponsor, organize, and/or promote conferences and workshops
  • Foster collaboration and connections among members, including formal and informal educators
  • Develop networking opportunities, including socials and symposiums
  • Facilitate discussions about regional issues and challenges
  • Develop programs for members focusing on professional development and capacity building, including workshops and leadership development
  • Empower and mobilize youth in our community
  • Set up internship opportunities
  • Develop service-learning opportunities

Working Groups

  • Events
  • Professional Development
  • K-12 Youth Network
  • College Student Network
  • Civic Engagement

To join the Programs & Events Committee or a working group, contact Kim Smith.


Research & Curriculum

  • Support efforts to advance research in our region, on sustainability issues
  • Identify existing research
  • Promote collaborative research opportunities
  • Promote and help disseminate research
  • Work with Outreach team to keep research visible on website
  • Research and post best practice tools on website
  • Promote and share curriculum development
  • Offer forums for innovation through our Think Tank
  • Facilitate articulation agreements between institutions

Working Groups

  • Research Projects
  • Research Database
  • Curriculum Development
  • Think Tank
  • Articulation

To join the Research & Curriculum Committee or a working group, contact Zahra Golshani. For more information on the Think Tank, contact James Reed.