Marcelo Bonta is a Principal in The Raben Group’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practice. A thought leader in the environmental movement, he brings almost two decades of experience, facilitating individual, organizational, and systemic DEI change processes, through process consulting, coaching, advising, trainings, leadership development programs, organizational strategies, insightful and groundbreaking articles, and keynote talks.
Originally trained as a conservation biologist, Marcelo decided to dedicate his career to diversity, equity, and inclusion after finding himself the sole programmatic person of color at a national wildlife organization, experiencing firsthand the diversity challenge in mainstream environmental groups. His experiences led Marcelo to create the Center for Diversity & the Environment and run it for a decade, providing transformational trainings for thousands of leaders and organizational change processes for dozens of institutions. He also founded the Environmental Professionals of Color, a network for leaders of color to survive, thrive, lead, and innovate.
Prior to Raben, Marcelo served as a Fellow at Meyer Memorial Trust, helping the private foundation develop and implement an equity framework to guide its grantmaking.
Marcelo is driven by his vision of a future where his daughters may thrive in whatever occupation and lifestyle they choose; by the need to break down institutional and systemic barriers; and by his love for wildlife and his faith. He remains inspired by the strong, powerful community of leaders working to transform the environmental movement