Blaze Jones-Yellin has worked as an environmental educator, organizer and mentor for several years, first with the Westchester Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy in New York, then with the Colorado Public Interest Research Group in Fort Collins. Blaze returned to New York following Superstorm Sandy to manage environmental youth and community programs for the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance in Queens. He currently oversees all aspects of the Nature Conservancy’s Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) internship program in the Northeast. As LEAF Regional Coordinator, Blaze supports the growth of the LEAF program in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut by managing local school relationships in these geographies, and overseeing student and mentor recruitment and hiring efforts. Blaze also works with conservation staff across the organization to coordinate all program logistics and support Conservancy staff hosting students and mentors. When he’s not working to inspire the next generation of conservation leaders and environmental stewards, Blaze enjoys being outdoors, traveling and exploring other cultures in order to continue broadening his own perspective. Blaze has a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management from Cornell University.
Northeast Regional LEAF Program Coordinator