Eddie Love is a Program Manager at The Ocean Foundation, providing oversight for their Fiscal Sponsorship Program. He also chairs the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Initiative with a mission to build the capacity of environmental programs and amplify marginalized voices.
Eddie obtained his B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Management 15' from Auburn University and is also an alumnus of several fellowships – Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Diversity Fellowship (working for Ocean Conservancy and Rare), Environmental Leadership Program Fellowship (CRN 2018), and Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders Fellowship – where he gained an array of experience and skills to address D.E.I.J. and conservation-focused issues proactively. He remains involved in his academic institution and fellowship communities by providing mentorship, professional development opportunities, and serving on several D.E.I. committees.
His affinity for cheetahs inspired Eddie's career. His journey began by providing critical field research support to the U.S.D.A. Forest Service and has now transitioned from terrestrial conservation to marine conservation. He gained transformative professional development skills during his time spent in college as a member of Auburn University's Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences (M.A.N.R.R.S) Chapter, which guided him towards his career path today. His love for wildlife and cultivating the next generation motivates him to raise awareness of the conservation challenges. Outside of conservation, he enjoys playing and watching tennis and creating new experiences with friends and family. Additionally, he spends most of his time preparing to become a Certified Nutrition Coach and Personal Fitness Trainer.
Eddie joined the ELP nonprofit Board of Directors in November, 2021. His involvement as both a RAY Fellow and an ELP Senior Fellow —along with his tremendous life and work experience— give him a singular perspective in this role.