Founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Earth Alliance, Co-Founder of the Ripple Academy
Melinda Kramer has lived and worked around the world learning from grassroots leaders on the frontlines of environmental crises. In 2005, she set out to bridge the resource gap for grassroots women tackling our world’s most critical environmental efforts. What began as a small convening of 30 women leaders rapidly grew into a thriving global organization. Before founding Women’s Earth Alliance, Melinda worked in Kenya with CARE International. Her work subsequently took her throughout the North Pacific Rim with Pacific Environment, building the capacity of grassroots environmental movements in China, the Russian Far East, and Alaska. Melinda was a key contributor to WiserEarth.org and the Natural Capital Institute. She also co-founded and grew the Global Women’s Water Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa.