Posted: 11:08AM June 22nd, 2016 | Comments
Lucille Marshall, Communications Manager
I’ve had the opportunity to live in many different communities – from suburban Illinois where I grew up, to the Middle East for a year of volunteering, to the Twin Cities and Chicago for summer adventures, and, most recently, to New York City, where I attended Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary.
In each of these distinct environments, I was involved in some form of sustainability work. I advocated for LGBT inclusion in Illinois, volunteered at an agricultural youth village outside of Haifa, researched education policy in Minneapolis, developed a compost system in my residence hall, and fought for women’s rights in New York.
From my diverse experiences, I learned that every community has its unique needs and assets, and we, as changemakers, must target our work to address those needs and harness those assets.
But despite these differences, one fact remains constant, no matter where I am or what I’m doing – it’s all interconnected. There’s not one pathway to progress, or one solution to our problems, or one issue that’s more important than the rest. All of it – inclusion, education, environmentalism, feminism, and more – is interwoven and intersectional. And when we embrace that connection and mobilize an entire community together, that is sustainable.
And that is what brought me to Sustain Dane. The organization’s holistic understanding of capital S Sustainability resonates with my personal mission for large-scale, long-term progress. As a member of the Sustain Dane team, I can embrace and explore the deep connections between social justice, economic equity, and environmentalism.
I am so excited to join the wonderful Madison community, with all of its unique needs and assets. In my role as Communications Manager, I will work to convey the power and impact of Sustain Dane’s holistic, intersectional work. I couldn’t be happier to return to my Midwestern roots and contribute to an organization with so much passion, drive, and talent. Thanks for welcoming me!