Chanté Coleman serves as the Vice President of Equity and Justice at the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). She leads the effort to fully operationalize equitable policies and practices and actively challenges systemic racism organizationally. She drives culture change by reframing how NWF thinks about power and encouraging others to develop their own expertise on equity and justice in their work.
Coleman is an expert in large-scale ecosystem restoration and coalition-building. She previously served as Director of the Choose Clean Water Coalition, a 230-member advocacy organization focused on protecting the Chesapeake Bay watershed. At the Coalition, she led regional-scale strategies to evolve an intentional focus on equity and justice for the Coalition and its member organizations. Chanté is a member of the Green Leadership Trust, was named a “rising star” by Green 2.0, is a 2017 Environmental Leadership Program Fellow, and is a 2020 Better Selves Fellow. She frequently appears as a speaker, trainer, and facilitator at conferences across the country.
Coleman is a graduate of Princeton University and California Western School of Law. She resides in San Diego, and is a firm believer in self-care, regularly practicing yoga and meditation.