Arlie Schardt Memorial Fellowship

Arlie Schardt Memorial Fellowship

Arlie Schardt Memorial Fellowship

Our Fellowship program is designed to increase the long-term effectiveness of FOE and the environmental movement by operating an inspiring and fulfilling fellowship program that builds skills and relevant job experience for people of color and members of underrepresented communities.

Arlie W. Schardt was a pioneering voice for the environment and witness to some of the most seminal events in American history as a Time magazine correspondent traveling with Martin Luther King while covering the civil rights movement. Throughout his peripatetic 50-year career, Schardt reported on and acted on behalf of social justice. Al Gore states, “Through his remarkably diverse career, Arlie Schardt lived a life of purpose and impact,” said the former Vice President. “He was a champion for civil rights and an early pioneer of the environmental movement. I valued greatly his commitment to public service and will always be grateful for the invaluable roles he played on my Presidential campaign.” Schardt joined Friends of the Earth (FOE), serving as Chairman of the Board from 2009 until June 2019 when he was named chair emeritus in honor of his service. According to Erich Pica, president of FOE, “Arlie was instrumental in tripling the size of the organization and broadening its mandate to combine his concerns for social and racial justice with environmentalism.”

Friends of the Earth is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups who will contribute to the diversity of our staff and our movement.

Meet our 2024 Fellows

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Delphi Drake-Mudede • Economic Policy Fellow

Delphi Drake-Mudede is a recent graduate of Occidental College where she studied Economics, Urban and Environmental Policy, Politics. Over the course of her time at Occidental, Delphi worked for Green Schoolyards America as a Geospatial Mapping Assistant on a project to map tree canopy coverage at schools across California, and as an intern at Alma Backyard Farms, an urban farm in Compton that specializes in the empowerment of formerly incarcerated people and food justice. She spent the summer of 2023 in Europe studying the political economy of sustainable development in Germany. Delphi is excited to continue her passion for research by supporting the Economic Policy team at Friends of the
Earth. Outside of work she likes to spend her time doing yoga, playing with her cats, and knitting.

Allison Fabrizio
Allison Fabrizio • Food & Agriculture Fellow

Allison Fabrizio is the 2024 Food and Agriculture Climate Friendly Food Campaign ASM Fellow, where she will support a rapid and large-scale shift towards a regenerative, climate-conscious, and just food system. Previously, Allison worked with various NGOs including Dream.Org, the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network, the Pachamama Alliance, and Citizens Climate Lobby, among others. Through her work, Allison focuses on identifying the interconnectedness between environmental issues and social disparities, paving the way for comprehensive solutions that address both ecological concerns and broader societal imbalances. Allison holds a BA in Environmental Analysis from Washington University in St. Louis. Outside of her advocacy work, Allison is a dedicated dancer, focusing on Afro-Diasporic dance styles, and enjoys spending time with her bunnies.

Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network: The Gendered and Racial Impacts of the Fossil Fuel Industry in North America and Complicit
Financial Institutions (third edition)

The Pachamama Alliance: The Need for Intersectionality in Environmentalism

The Pachamama Alliance: What is Climate Justice?

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Tatiana Frazier • Oceans & Vessels Fellow

Tatiana Frazier is excited to be Friends of the Earth’s 2024 Oceans and Vessels Fellow, where she supports the Oceans and Vessels campaigns. She graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She is passionate about protecting the environment and has experience volunteering at a wildlife rehabilitation center, a conservation society, and a local farm. Tatiana previously worked as a research assistant with a focus on marginalized populations and will be attending graduate school this fall. She loves traveling, reading, spending time in nature, and making pottery. Last summer she completed a 150 mile bikepacking trip and explored North Carolina’s marshes by kayak. Tatiana cares deeply about oceans and is excited to learn more about and contribute to Friends of the Earth’s work in protecting these important ecosystems. 

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Claudine Lim • Food & Agriculture Fellow

Claudine Lim is the 2024 Arlie Schardt Memorial Food and Agriculture Fellow at Friends of the Earth. She has 8 years of experience at the intersection of digital technology and international development, where she has worked on innovative epidemic response, digital capacity building, and fostering global communities of practice with UN agencies and other multilaterals. With a commitment to advancing the sustainable development goals, Claudine supports the Emerging Technology in Agriculture team’s mission enhance food access and sustainable farming through research, strategic campaign development, and stakeholder engagement. She holds a dual Masters degree in International Relations and Global Communications from Syracuse University, and a BA in Modern Chinese History from University of California, Santa Cruz.  

Medium: Lessons from Kenya: How Open Data efforts can build more accountable governments and empower citizens to manage their own data

Pulse on the Principles Limited Series Podcast: Food for Thought

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Florena Makuiza • Legislative & Political Fellow

Florena Makuiza is the Legislative and Political ASM Fellow at Friends of the Earth and will support various teams including, Climate and Energy Justice, Food & Agriculture, Oceans & Vessels, and Economic Policy, with advancing progressive environmental policy. She will be responsible for conducting research, lobbying, and formatting advocacy materials for political action that supports the environment. Florena recently received her M.A. in Global Environmental Policy from American University. While in school, she participated in various internships and fellowships that focused on domestic environmental policy analysis. On her down time, she loves watching and playing basketball and admiring Disney World from afar by watching Disney vloggers on YouTube.

Video from 2021 Arlie Schardt Memorial Fellows discussing their experience with the fellowship and working at Friends of the Earth.