Bedford Hills, NY—Westchester Land Trust (WLT), a nationally accredited land conservation nonprofit headquartered in Bedford Hills, NY, announced Dr. Diana Kaye Williams of Mount Vernon has joined its Board of Directors. Dr. Williams will use her expertise in the areas of clean energy and community advocacy, as well as her passion for improving the lives of marginalized people, to further WLT’s efforts to protect land and support local communities through access to the outdoors and stronger food systems.
“Dr. Williams is an extraordinary addition to our leadership team,” said Bruce Churchill, Chairman of WLT’s Board. “We look forward to learning from her robust community advocacy experience and expertise in community engagement, which will undoubtedly allow us to increase our impact across Westchester County.”
Throughout her career spanning more than three decades, Dr. Williams has focused her work on serving the needs of marginalized communities. She currently leads Adopt Clean Energy in Mount Vernon and New Rochelle, a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Clean Heating and Cooling campaign and has completed several energy conservation projects as an NYSERDA Multifamily Building Solutions certified partner and a former Energize NY accredited partner.
“It is indeed an honor to join the Westchester Land Trust as it works toward involving more urban communities within Westchester and beyond,” said Dr. Diana Kaye Williams. “Land preservation and conservation are important to protect our planet against the devastating impact of climate change. I hope to use my voice as an environmental and clean energy advocate to help WLT continue its cause.”
Dr. Williams co-founded Comrie Enterprises, LLC in 2001 to address rising energy costs for low- and middle-income housing by outfitting buildings with energy efficiency improvements. Prior to launching Comrie Enterprises, LLC, Dr. Williams was the Executive Director of the Doctors Council, the largest doctors union in the U.S. She spent several years as a dentist in Harlem, New Rochelle, and Portchester, NY, and during that time, Dr. Williams worked to bring substantial federal funds to Central Harlem to increase access to dental care for marginalized communities.
In addition to her vast career achievements, Dr. Williams co-founded the Environmental Leaders of Color (ELOC), which hosts a six-week Summer Energy and Environmental Program for Teens focused on climate change and its impacts, as well as careers in the energy and environmental science industries. She has earned a BA from New York University, a DDS from Howard University College of Dentistry, and an MBA from University of Bridgeport. Dr. Williams completed her internship and residency in General Dentistry at Harlem Hospital through Columbia University College of Dentistry.
Dr. Williams will work alongside her new colleagues on the Board of Directors and Advisory Board to serve as the governing bodies of the organization, overseeing policies, fiscal and strategic planning, and supporting WLT’s commitment to creating a brighter future for all.
About Westchester Land Trust: Westchester Land Trust works with public and private partners to preserve land in perpetuity and to enhance the natural resources in Westchester and eastern Putnam counties—a densely populated region under persistent threat from the pressures of development. Founded in 1988, WLT has preserved 9,000 acres of open space. More than 1,000 acres of land are owned by the organization which are free and open to the public year-round. WLT was one of the first land trusts in the nation to receive accreditation through the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. For more information visit www.westchesterlandtrust.org.