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Developing leaders to change the world

June 7, 2017

TCE Blog
by Robin Schneider, Executive Director

When one of our canvassers knocks on your door, they are there to represent an issue of critical importance to protecting clean air, water, and land in the great state of Texas. They are also a walking, talking embodiment of one of our core values at Texas Campaign for the Environment: developing service-oriented leadership by training skilled activists to change our democracy, and our communities, one person at a time.

So we are proud to see our activists whose skills we have developed take great strides in their careers to transform policy for a healthier, more just world.

Melanie Scruggs served as the Houston Program Director for more three years. She started with TCE as a canvasser in our Austin field office and moved to Houston, where she is originally from, to become a leading expert and advocate for recycling and Zero Waste. As an organizer deeply embedded in Houston’s environmental community, she served as an ally to local environmental justice groups and strengthened TCE’s relationships in coalitions we work with across the country.

Melanie has recently left to attend the University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs Global Policy Studies masters’ degree program in the fall. We are proud knowing that Texas Campaign for the Environment has been the launching pad for her career in public policy.

“Working with Texas Campaign for the Environment has been the best experience in my life thus far. I walked through the door in 2012 considering myself an activist, but didn’t know how to transform my ideals into change,” Melanie says. “Four years later, I have gained invaluable organizing skills and knowledge to make a difference in Texas and the world, and I plan to do just that.”

TCE has hired Rosanne Barone as our new Houston Program Director.  She has already begun to make an impact at TCE and we know she will do a fantastic job empowering and growing the environmental community in the Greater Houston area and beyond. Please contact Rosanne anytime by calling our Houston office at 713-337-4192 or sending her an email at rosanne(at) She has excellent experience in organizing for renewable energy investment and civic engagement on college campuses from her work with NYPIRG in New York City. We are lucky to have her!

Texas’ environmental movement is growing and changing for the better. Our job is to keep that momentum going, recruit and train new leaders for that movement, and get results. We are committed to providing career opportunities for people interested in making a difference, who care about sustainability, climate change, and social justice. For folks getting in at the ground level of their organizing career, you can read about and apply for our community organizing positions we have available here.


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