Our Team’s Diversity in 2020

Since 2018, River Network annually reports our internal progress on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) to our Board of Directors. We are making this information* public in 2020, including information on staff training, our team’s racial diversity (how many of us are Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC)), and other related metrics. We currently center our EDI work on racial equity but welcome and celebrate diversity in all its forms, including class and income, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, learning style, and more. We anticipate that this focus will continue to evolve, led by our internal staff EDI committee, which is exploring ways we can expand our focus.

We also humbly acknowledge that we have work to do in many of these areas and recognize that metrics and quantitative indicators do not fully capture this story. For more on the ways in which EDI informs our work, check out our blog, our case statement for EDI, and our history.

*Except where noted, information on this page refers to River Network’s 2020 Fiscal Year (October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020).

Board of Directors

25% BIPOC + 56% female

18% BIPOC + 53% female in fiscal year 2019
21% BIPOC + 50% female in fiscal year 2018

Finalists for Board Vacancies

0% BIPOC (0/2

50% in fiscal year 2019
43% in fiscal year 2018


19% BIPOC (3/16) + 94% female (15/16)

14% BIPOC in fiscal year 2019
15% BIPOC in fiscal year 2018

Finalists for Staff Vacancies

39% BIPOC (11/28)

19% in fiscal year 2019
10% in fiscal year 2018

Our Programs

100% of River Network staff have received training related to power, privilege & race in previous two years
71% in fiscal year 2019

63% of River Network trainings and consultations that incorporate aspects of diversity, inclusion and equity (38/60)
14% in fiscal year 2019
30% in fiscal year 2018

51% of articles, blog posts, River Voices, and other digital storytelling pieces focused on issues related to EDI
29% in
fiscal year 2019
44% in fiscal year 2018

River Rally

31% of participants identified as BIPOC
18% in fiscal year 2019
14% in fiscal year 2018

59% of workshops related to EDI (36/61)
54% in fiscal year 2019
25% in fiscal year 2018

50% of keynote and plenary speakers identified as BIPOC (9/18)
in fiscal year 2019
44% in fiscal year 2018

60% of award recipients identified as BIPOC (5/6)
83% in fiscal year 2019
17% in fiscal year 2018