Author: Ariel Whitson

About Ariel

Ariel Whitson

Ariel Whitson has a background in finance, administration and event planning. She has over five years of experience working with nonprofits. Ariel started her career at the United Nations Association San Diego and Free the Slaves. She later served as a project coordinator at University Research Co., LLC in Washington D.C., where she oversaw the finance and administration of a $65 million USAID tuberculosis project in South Africa. She is passionate about working with youth, and spent a few years working as a tutor and camp counselor.

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Senate Bill 720 Passes!

Posted by Ariel Whitson on September 18, 2018

We are pleased to announce that Senate Bill 720, authored by Senator Ben Allen, co-authored by Assembly Member Tony Thurmond, and sponsored by Ten Strands was officially signed by Governor Jerry Brown and is now law. Thank you to everyone who helped ensure passage of this important legislation, which will continue to build the foundation […]

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We are excited to share our 2017 Annual Report. Learn more about the California Environmental Literacy Initiative—a multi-faceted movement focused on advancing efforts across the education landscape with the ultimate goal of achieving environmental literacy for all of California’s K–12 students. Through this work Ten Strands has embraced our role as a field catalyst and become the […]

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December 2017 Newsletter

Posted by Ariel Whitson on December 12, 2017

This week’s newsletter imagines if the approximately 400,000 students who graduate from California’s public schools each year experienced environmental literacy along with science, math, and English language arts skills.

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July 2017 Newsletter

Posted by Ariel Whitson on July 14, 2017

On June 27, in a landmark victory for environmental literacy, Governor Jerry Brown approved the California 2017–18 Budget with a one-time $4,000,000 funding allocation for environmental literacy.

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June 2017 Newsletter

Posted by Ariel Whitson on June 6, 2017

Senate Bill 424 (Allen), the bill seeking permanent funding for the California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network, passed the State Senate last Thursday in a 28-11 vote! Sponsored by Ten Strands, this bill will now move on to be considered by the State Assembly.

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May 2017 Newsletter

Posted by Ariel Whitson on May 25, 2017

We are excited to share our 2016 Annual Report. Learn more about the momentum being generated for environmental literacy across California in the opening letter (see below) from Will Parish, Founder and President, and Karen Cowe, CEO, and in the report itself.

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April 2017 Newsletter

Posted by Ariel Whitson on April 10, 2017

We are excited to announce that one of our projects has received a grant from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. Ten Strands, as the project’s fiscal sponsor, has been awarded a three-year, $3.1 million grant to fund and manage the work of the 30-person Environmental Literacy Steering Committee.