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Mapping the Environment to Identify Community Needs

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
12:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)
525 S. Hewitt St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $100.00
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Join us for a session exploring the state of the environment in our region today. Together we'll examine planned and potential green infrastructure projects that could improve the quality of life for all Southern Californians, especially those in communities that are disproportionately impacted by environmental injustices.

We will explore the strategic landscape of nonprofits, philanthropic giving, and community needs and opportunities through a series of maps developed by UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, the Trust for Public Land, Green Info Network, and Foundation Center.

These exciting resources will be presented by variety of expert speakers:

Participants will also have an opportunity to connect with other funders in small groups and explore funding opportunities related to watershed health, open space and ecosystem preservation, air quality, climate change, and the work of the LA Funders’ Collaborative, which focuses on smart growth.

Interested funders are encouraged to upload their giving information to the Foundation Center map (please do so by October 14th). Participants also have the option to stay after session to explore Foundation Maps - California from 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm.

This program is designed in partnership with the SCG Environmental Funders Group, and will take place at the recently opened Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, an innovative, cross-sector space contributing to the development of a green economy in Southern California. 

View of Southern California's protected lands

Speaker Biographies:

Amanda Dillon, Knowledge Services Manager, Foundation Center

Amanda Dillon coordinates the development, implementation, and communication of knowledge services projects at Foundation Center for grantmakers, including research analyses and data visualization tools. She has worked on a number of large data and story-telling initiatives on varied topics and is currently managing the development of portal of funding for oceans. Prior to her work at the Center, she consulted with Berkley Research Group, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mauritania and Mozambique; and taught art education to inner-city youth in Southern California through Arts Bridge. She also served on The New York Women’s Foundation Grants Advising Committee. Dillon received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine.

Jon Christensen, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA

Jon Christensen is an adjunct assistant professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, the Department of History, and the Center for Digital Humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a journalist-in-residence at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, a founder of the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies in the IoES, and a senior fellow in UCLA’s cityLAB. He is a partner and strategic adviser atStamen Design, an interactive design studio specializing in mapping, data visualization, and strategic communications. He is a columnist at LA Observed, a contributor to other newspapers and magazines, and a commentator on radio and television. He is also a member of Southern California Grantmakers. 

Fernando Cazares, CA Program Manager–Climate Smart Cities, Trust for Public Land & EnviroMetro coalition member

Fernando grew up in South Central LA, after migrating from Mexico. Some of the fondest memories of his LA childhood include hikes and all-day picnics at Griffith Park; beach days in Long Beach, Santa Monica, and Venice; and playing soccer or basketball at neighborhood parks. He studied Public Policy at Occidental College, President Obama's alma mater and later earned a Masters in Urban & Regional Planning & Public Affairs from Princeton University. His professional experience includes redevelopment consulting, local government (City of San Jose), working in U.S. Congressman Mike Honda's DC office, field organizing & Latino voter engagement for Organizing for America in Nevada. More recently, he conducted Latino leadership outreach for the Voces Verdes initiative and was LA coordinator for Urban Solutions at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Beatriz Solís, Director, Healthy Communities, South Region, The California Endowment
Beatriz Maria Solís is Director, Healthy Communities, South Region at The California Endowment.  Solís is responsible for advancing the vision and strategic direction of the foundation’s Building Healthy Communities: California Living 2.0. initiative, as well as helping achieve established goals and outcomes through The Endowment’s philanthropic efforts in Southern California.  Her professional experience includes service as the director of Cultural and Linguistic Services for L.A. Care Health Plan where she was responsible for developing one of the first departments dedicated to cultural and linguistic issues in a managed care setting. In addition, she was a research associate for the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and received her master’s and doctorate in Public Health from UCLA’s School of Public Health.  She has co-authored numerous articles, books, technical reports and policy briefs on a variety health and health-related issues and is a lecturer/trainer to health care providers on a variety of topics including racial and ethnic health disparities, and culturally and linguistically responsive health care, among others.

Maianna Voge, Geospatial Analyst / Operations Manager, GreenInfo Network

Maianna was a GIS Specialist in private consulting and land use planning before moving to GreenInfo in 2015, working on infrastructure and other public works projects.  She has a BA in Development Studies from UC Berkeley and an MA in Geography from George Washington University - for her master's degree, her thesis research explored the foreclosure crisis in Stockton, using spatial analysis to identify hotspots and their neighborhood implications. She enjoys applying GIS to social science, and talking to organizations about what GIS can do for them. Maianna grew up in Berkeley, and spends her free time taking her son Henry to her favorite parks around the Bay Area.

SCG members: no cost to participate
Non-members: $100

Who May Attend:
SCG members and grantmakers eligible for SCG membership.

SCG members: register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
Non-members: email [email protected].

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