Green Corps

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Green Corps Inc.
Formation 1992; 25 years ago (1992)[1]
Founders Leslie Samuelrich, Gina Cummings[2]
Type 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization[3]
Exec. Dir.
Joshua Buswell-Charkow[4]
Mission The Field School for Environmental Organizing

Green Corps is an environmental organization[6] in the United States[7] that trains recent college graduates[8] in a one-year post-graduate program[9] in grassroots community organizing. During the program, Green Corps organizers learn in the classroom and are deployed in the field to work on campaigns.[10]


Green Corps was founded in 1992 by Leslie Samuelrich and Gina Cummings[11] with the financial backing of U.S. Public Interest Research Group[12] in response to the momentum created by Earth Day 1990. Green Corps was created to channel young talent into environmental advocacy causes.[13]

Campaign history[edit]

Green Corps is hired by non-profits such as the Sierra Club to manage their campaigns in the field.[14] Campaigns Green Corps has worked on include:

  • Launching fossil fuel divestment campaigns on campuses.[15][16][17]
  • Launching a national campaign to label GMO foods.[18]
  • Leading the fights to shut coal plants on college campuses.[19]


Executive Directors[edit]

Executive Directors of Green Corps have included:

  • 1992-2008 Leslie Samuelrich
  • 2008-2012 Cindy Kang
  • 2012–present Joshua Buswell-Charkow

Board of Directors[edit]

The current Green Corps Board of Directors includes:[20]

  • Douglas H. Phelps, President and Executive Director, The Public Interest Network
  • Bob Bingaman, National Organizing Director, Sierra Club (Resigned from the Board in July 2016)
  • Cindy Kang, Executive Coaching Fellow, The Management Center
  • Andy MacDonald, National Campus Organizing Director, Student PIRGs
  • Leslie Samuelrich, President, Green Century Capital Management
  • Wendy Wendlandt, Political Director, The Public Interest Network
  • Matt Wilson, Executive Director, MASSCreative
  • Naomi Roth, Massachusetts Organizing Director, Families for Excellent Schools
  • Pete Maysmith, Executive Director, Conservation Colorado
  • Phil Radford, Former Executive Director, Greenpeace
  • Kirsten Collings, Deputy Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Green Corps Inc.". Earth Share Washington. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  2. ^ "Green Corps". Chronicle of Philanthropy. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  3. ^ "Green Corps". Charity Navigator. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  4. ^ "Green Corps". Charity Navigator. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  5. ^ "Green Corps Financials". Guidestar. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  6. ^ "Green Corps". Charity Navigator. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  7. ^ "About Us". Green Corps. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  8. ^ "Green Corps Field School for Environmental Organizers". Idealist. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  9. ^ "Seniors seek to secure careers". Whitman Pioneer. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  10. ^ "13 Service Opportunities For The Altruistic And Spiritual College Graduate". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  11. ^ "Green Corps". Chronicle of Philanthropy. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  12. ^ "Green Corps: About Us". Green Corps. Retrieved 2015-09-09. 
  13. ^ "Green Corps Inc.". Earth Share Washington. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  14. ^ "Green Corps Helps Grow Young Environmentalists It's A Different Kind Of Postgrad Training - Channeling Idealism Into The Real World.". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  15. ^ "Divest UA campaign to raise awareness about fossil fuels". Arizona Daily Wildcat. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  16. ^ "Students push for fossil fuel endowment divestment". USA Today. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  17. ^ "Student group demands divestment from fossil fuel companies". The Chronicle. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  18. ^ "Push to mark food containing GMOs gains traction in Q-C, Iowa". Quad-City Times. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  19. ^ "Colleges Are Battlegrounds for Coal Fight". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  20. ^ "Green Corps Board of Directors". Green Corps. Retrieved 2015-09-09. 

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