Who We Are.

Our Founder

Diana McCaulay, OD

Diana McCaulay is a Jamaican writer and environmental activist. She is the founder and retired Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), one of Jamaica’s leading environmental non-profit agencies. For almost 30 years, Diana led a wide range of efforts to educate Jamaicans on the importance of the natural environment, organized campaigns to protect the island’s special places and participated in filing groundbreaking legal action to build environmental jurisprudence in Jamaica.


Diana has a Bachelor’s degree in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Washington in Seattle. She was a Hubert Humphrey Fellow in 2000, and also earned a Graduate Certificate in International Development Policy and Management from the University of Washington. In her early career, she worked for over ten years in the insurance industry before leaving the private sector for public service.


Diana has received many awards for her environmental work, including a Bronze Musgrave Medal from the Institute of Jamaica, a Ripple Award from the Jamaica Institute of Environmental Professionals and the Order of Distinction (Officer Class) from the Government of Jamaica on Heroes Day 2016. She contributed to the InterGovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. In 2021, she was awarded the Norman Washington Manley Award for Excellence for Environmental protection and preservation of the environment.
She remains a powerful voice for nature at home and abroad.

Civil society organizations like JET are so important, especially now, when the entire planet faces the dire threat of the climate crisis. As I hand over the reins to a new generation of environmental activists, I hope they will continue to have your support.

Diana McCaulay, OD

Jamaica Environment Trust