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Partner Event - Smart Growth California 2017 Statewide Funder Convening

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 to Friday, February 10, 2017
Courtyard Marriott Liberty Station/The San Diego Foundation
2592 Laning Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
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SCG, NCG, and SDG members are invited to participate in this statewide funder convening at a special discounted rate.

The Smart Growth California statewide funder convening is for funders from throughout California and the nation who are working to create healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities and regions in California.

Our 2017 funder convening will cover a wide range of topics including: the 2016 elections; affordable housing and displacement; climate change, cap-and-trade, and disadvantaged communities; the drought and water issues; innovations in regional planning; building power and civic engagement; and supporting access to opportunity for all Californians, particularly low-income residents. Registration is open- click here to register.

The convening is being produced in partnership with The San Diego Foundation, San Diego Grantmakers, the University of San Diego, The California Endowment, California Community Foundation, and the Jacobs Center.

Why should you attend?

  • You’ll hear from thought leaders, advocates, and other experts about the latest policy developments and opportunities in California.
  • You’ll share insights and best practices with peers, plus identify actions to take both individually and collectively.
  • You’ll build new connections with funders who are part of the large and growing Smart Growth California community.

Speakers include:

  • Geoff Anderson, President & CEO, Smart Growth California
  • Ludovic Blain, Director, Color of Democracy Project
  • Ashley Conrad-Saydah, Deputy Secretary for Climate Policy, CalEPA
  • Wade Crowfoot, CEO, Water Foundation
  • Tony Dang, Executive Director, California Walks
  • Veronica Garibay, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Leadership Council for Justice and Accountability
  • Todd Gloria, California State Assemblyman
  • Nicola Hedge, Director, Environmental Initiatives, The San Diego Foundation
  • Reginald Jones, President & CEO, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
  • Carey Knecht, Director, ClimatePlan
  • Richard Marcantonio, Managing Attorney, Public Advocates
  • Felicia Marcus, Chair, State Water Resources Control Board
  • Geeta Rao, Senior Program Director, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
  • Robert Ross, M.D, President & CEO, The California Endowment
  • Shamus Roller, Executive Director, National Housing Law Project
  • Ramla Sahid, Executive Director, Partnership for Advancement of New Americans
  • Alvaro Sanchez, Environmental Equity Director, The Greenlining Institute
  • Amy Schur, Campaign Director, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)
  • Parin Shah, Senior Strategist, Asian Pacific Environmental Network Empowerment
  • Diane Takvorian, Executive Director, Environmental Health Coalition
  • Karla Zombro, Field Director, California Calls

Wednesday, February 8 at the Courtyard Marriott Liberty Station                               
9:00 am – 10:15 am   Registration
10:15 am – 3:15 pm   Mobile Workshop

  • By visiting four sites in San Diego, including one at the border, you will get a first-hand look at innovative ways that San Diego communities are addressing climate change, water issues, housing and gentrification, public spaces and art, transportation, and neighborhood revitalization.

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm   Registration
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm   Convening

  • Opening Plenary: Moving San Diego Forward by Addressing Climate and Equity
  • Philanthropic Innovation and Leadership in California

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm   Welcome Reception
7:30 pm   Dinner at Solare Italiano Ristorante
Thursday, February 9 at The San Diego Foundation
7:30 am – 8:30 am   Registration and Breakfast
8:30 am – 5:15 pm   Convening


  • Moving Forward Together after the 2016 Elections
  • Leveraging Billions for Transit, Parks, and Housing in California
  • California Leads the Way on Climate Change and Equity
    • Breakouts
      • Cap-and-trade Program
      • Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund
      • Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities
      • Transformative Climate Communities
  • Adapting to California’s Uncertain Water Future
  • Addressing Housing and Displacement in California

6:15 pm – 9:00 pm   Reception and Dinner at the University of San Diego
Friday, February 10 at The San Diego Foundation
7:30 am – 8:30 am   Breakfast
8:30 am – 12:30 pm   Convening


  • Creating Sustainable Equitable, Healthy, Regions: Key Opportunities Ahead
  • Building Power and Civic Engagement to Drive Change
  • Concluding Conversations, Key Learnings and Defining Next Steps

The Funders Network members: no cost to participate
SCG, NCG, and SDG members: $200 special discounted rate
Non-members: $250

Who May Attend:
This meeting is for donors, staff, directors, and trustees of grantmaking institutions throughout California and the nation. We welcome funders wherever they are in the continuum of learning about and engaging in this work.

Register online here.

The statewide funder convening will be held in San Diego from February 8-10, 2017. The first day of the convening will be at the Courtyard Marriott San Diego Airport/Liberty Station; the second and third days will be held at The San Diego Foundation. Register today and stay tuned for more information soon.

Location Details:
The first day of the convening will be at the Courtyard Marriott San Diego Airport/Liberty Station; the second and third days will be held at The San Diego Foundation.

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