Curt Collier joined our Society as interim leader on March 1, 2021. Curt previously served 18 years as a leader for three other Ethical societies—New York, Riverdale-Yonkers, and St. Louis. Bergen Society leaders and Curt see his role as “intentional leadership,” working with us to help determine new directions we might want to explore.
He is the National Youth Programs Director for Groundwork USA, an environmental nonprofit created by the National Park Service and Environmental Protection Agency, and oversees youth development and career programs in 20 states. Groundwork’s mission is to raise the capacity and collaborative ability of communities to meet their own environmental challenges, and Curt works to engage the next generation in this goal. For his work, Curt received the Centennial Award from the National Park Service, delivered at an event headed by President Obama.
Curt has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Texas A & M University, a master’s degree in communication disorders from Texas Tech University, certification in counseling from the Post Graduate Center for Mental Health in New York, and has completed course work for a doctorate degree in pastoral counseling from Hebrew Union College.
Curt’s column, March 2021: The Power of Our Ethical Culture Way of Life