I’m excited to announce that Jason Morris has been named Senior Program Officer for our Environmental Education Program. Jason will lead the Foundation’s grant making in environmental education and implement strategies to shape environmental education initiatives nationally.
Jason was most recently interim president and CEO at NatureBridge, which provides hands-on environmental education programs for children and teens, where he oversaw all aspects of their residential programs in six national parks across the country. Prior to that, as Executive Vice-President of NatureBridge, Jason played a key role in the organization’s work for many years.
Jason’s career has taken him from the Navajo Reservation in Utah, to the San Francisco Bay, to national parks across the country where he helped create and deliver high quality, research based programs serving hundreds of thousands of young people.
Throughout Jason’s more than 20 years in the field of environmental education, he has exemplified a desire to collaborate with partners—something that we feel strongly about at Pisces. In recent years, for example, Jason has worked with researchers at Stanford University to connect research with practice. Jason is also one of the co-founders of ChangeScale, a collaborative of leading academics, funders, practitioners, and thought leaders working to strengthen the field of environmental education.
That’s our goal at the Foundation, too. Inspired by Randi Fisher, our Trustee and Co-Founder, the Environmental Education Program’s goal is to help spur high quality formal and informal environmental education. Effective environmental education bestows a range of benefits on people and their communities, and it leads to environmental literacy—something critically important now and in the future. With a focus on K-12, the Program is already supporting wonderful organizations, from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation on the East Coast to the California Academy of Sciences here in San Francisco, to name two of our excellent grantees. One of Jason’s first roles will be to further develop our program this year.
Please join me in welcoming Jason to the Pisces Foundation!