Jerome Cunningham, Development and Communications Associate

Since 2015, Jerome has worked as the Youth Engagement Operations Program Coordinator at The Nature Conservancy, where he oversaw a nationwide environmental school grant program, managing a database of grantees, organizing site visits, crafting bi-monthly newsletters, and leading garden build events for over 130,000 school children across the country.

Before taking up this role, Jerome honed his environmental skill set through multiple internships with the Trust for Public Land and The Nature Conservancy, where he focused on both traditional conservation practices such as GIS mapping, kiosk modeling, and invasive species management alongside critical non-profit management skills such as donor communications, social media, marketing, and philanthropy. Throughout his career, he has worked to connect his passion for nature with his creativity as a spoken word artist, while simultaneously managing complex projects that serve to protect and build a more sustainable world. Jerome is currently serving as a Regional Fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program, a highly selective program that supports visionary, action-oriented, and diverse leadership for a sustainable future by providing emerging leaders with the support and guidance they need to launch new endeavors and rise to new leadership positions.

Jerome is a graduate of CUNY’s City College of New York, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Advertising, and Public Relations. Jerome is self-proclaimed ‘Harlemite’, born and raised in the Sugar Hill district.