Lily Urmann joins the Dream Corps team with a passion for creating change through community organizing and relationship building. Lily was previously the Development and Grants Manager at the San Francisco Conservation Corps, a nonprofit organization serving transitional aged youth who are working to build a better future through education, employment, and empowerment. In this role, Lily worked closely with city and state departments for contract management, expanded the program’s “Green Collar” workforce development, and initiated projects such as donor engagement, outreach and marketing strategies, and staff development trainings.
Lily graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies, and is currently enrolled in the online Biomimicry Master’s program at Arizona State University. Throughout her undergraduate career, she worked on sustainability initiatives at the organizational, campus, and community-wide level (including the Student Environmental Center, the Education for Sustainable Living Program, and the Sustainability Office). Lily planned many large-scale events such as Earth Summit 2014, where she led the committee that brought artists, activists, and environmental leaders such as Favianna Rodriquez and Climbing PoeTree, to emphasize the intersection of social and environmental justice. Lily secured the first funding for the UCSC Green Labs program to incentivize sustainability practices in research labs, which increased the participation by over 200% and jumpstarted her interest in grant management. She is excited to continue expanding and growing the impact of Dream Corps across the nation.