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Meet the secretariat
The Friends of the Earth International Secretariat supports and strengthens a global network of environmental activist groups and its international campaigns for an environmentally and socially just and sustainable world.
The small Friends of the Earth International Secretariat based in The Netherlands supports the network's campaigns and other activities through fundraising, campaign coordination, workshops, translations, electronic communications, information collection and dissemination, database maintenance and publications. The work of the international secretariat depends heavily upon volunteers.
Colleen F. Halley joined Friends of the Earth International in July 2018 as the US International Fundraising Officer. She helps raise funds from US donors to support the work of our member groups, while strengthening the relationship between Friends of the Earth US and US-based funders. Her work is informed by 10 years as Associate Director of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, 25 years of volunteer leadership with Amnesty International and a decade strengthening civil society and protecting human rights in Russia and the former Soviet Union. She has an undergraduate degree in Writing and History and a master's degree in Russian International Studies. When not writing or spending time with her dog, Colleen often finds herself traveling for concerts, surf and to snowboard.
Madeleine Race joined the FoEI Communications team in May 2019, as Communications Officer. Her work involves creating and editing content for FoEI's website, social media and press work, as well as supporting groups and regions. Originally from the UK, Madeleine has worked and volunteered for social causes in various countries, including Uganda, Ecuador and India. Her specific work experience in communications and network support includes two years with a community-driven development NGO in Dakar, Senegal and one year with a health charity in London, UK. She holds a BA in Modern Languages from Newcastle University, and an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from SOAS, University of London.
Our work would not be possible without the dedicated work of our regular volunteers