History of the Next 100 Coalition

Timeline of Key Dates 2016-2021


February 2016 — First meeting of founding members in Washington D.C. & Next 100 Coalition is officially founded with the vision of building a more diverse, just, and inclusive land and ocean conservation movement that centers the leadership and values of BIPOC, LQBTQIA+, and historically marginalized communities.

April 2016 —Next 100 Coalition publicly launches to call President Obama to act on Diversity Equity & Inclusion in our nation’s National Parks, National Monuments, and Public Lands.

June 2016 — Next 100 Coalition Membership grows to over 50 organizations across the country. U.S. Senators stand in solidarity with the Next 100 Coalition and call on President Obama to focus on diversity and inclusion in National Parks.

August 2016 — Next 100 Coalition members across the country celebrate the centennial anniversary of the National Parks Service through events and activities.

December 2016 — Next 100 Coalition celebrates President Obama’s action to designate Bears Ears National Monument, Freedom Riders Civil Rights National Monument, and Reconstruction Era National Monuments to protect and celebrate the historical and cultural heritage of diverse communities.


January 12, 2017 — Thanks to the advocacy of the Next 100 members, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum on Promoting Diversity Equity & Inclusion across our nation’s public lands, forest, and waters.

May 2017 — Next 100 Coalition stands in Solidarity with Bears Ears Intertribal Coalition and other conservation organizations in calling for the protection of Bears Ears National Monuments from President Trump’s Rollback.

June 2017 — Next 100 Coalition hold activities across the country to support/defend National Monuments from President Trump’s anti-conservation efforts.

November 2017 — Next 100 Coalition pushes back and succeeds  against President Trump’s Administration attempt to increase National Park entrance fees and further limit access to national parks for low income communities and families.


January 2018–  Next 100 Coalition members host its first Diversity Equity & Inclusion workshop at Outdoor Retailer in Denver Colorado.

May 2018 —  Next 100 Coalition hosts first National Summit of its members and partners in Las Vegas, NV.

June 2018 — Next 100 Coalition – Colorado State Table is created to advance the Next 100 coalition mission and vision in the state of Colorado.


August 2019 — Next 100 Coalition National advocates for Congress to address the $7 Billion dollar maintenance backlog within the National Park Service that impacts visitor experience.

September 2019 – Next 100 Coalition National embarks on its first ever strategic planning process as an independent entity.


April 2020 — Next 100 Coalition stands in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives and Black Lives Matter and mourns the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and for all who have been killed by police and individuals simply for being Black. We denounce the continued violence by law enforcement and others against those that seek to organize and protest these decades of injustice.

August 2020– Next 100 Coalition announces its first Founding Board of Directors. Jessica Loya, Chair, Teresa Martinez, Vice Chair, & Eboni Preston, Treasurer.


July 2021 — Next 100 Coalition embarks on the creation of an Ocean Equity Collective with the leadership of Creation Justice Ministries.

August 2021 — Next 100 Coalition expands its Board of Directors and Elects new Officers. 

September 2021: Next 100 Coalition signs Challenge Cost Share Agreement with the United States Forest Service to aid in their implementation of the Biden Administration’s Executive Order.