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Peer Learning Group - Climate Change, Health, and Equity: Briefing Hosted by the Los Angeles Funders' Collaborative

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
9:00am - 11:00am PST
Redwood Room, Center for Healthy Communities
1000 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $0.00
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The Los Angeles Funders' Collaborative invites you to join a briefing exploring the intersection of climate change, health, and equity in Southern California.

In Southern California, it can be difficult for people to envision how climate change will affect their lives, particularly because the climate is so moderate. But even here, climate change is expected to bring increasing temperatures, extreme weather, and rising sea levels.

These changes present significant health risks, and while we are all impacted, low-income communities of color in urban areas are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

Together, we’ll explore how philanthropy can make a unique impact to reduce greenhouse emissions and build more resilient cities to "bounce forward" as  more sustainable, healthy and equitable places to live.

Strategies to reduce carbon pollution and to build more resilient communities include the development of clean energy, stormwater capture, local food production, community engagement, transit oriented communities, and low-carbon transportation options such as transit, bicycling and walking.

You'll also have an opportunity to connect with colleagues who share similar funding interests.

Beatriz Solís, Program Director, Healthy Communities (South Region) at The California Endowment, will moderate a conversation with two experts in the field:

  • Elizabeth Rhoades, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
  • Linda Rudolph, Director, Climate Change and Public Health Project, Center for Climate Change and Public Health, Public Health Institute

Additionally, you'll engage in small group conversations with local leaders from several nonprofit organizations and collaborative initiatives that are currently working on solutions in Southern California:

  • Jessica Goodheart, Director, Repower LA Project, LA Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) and Patricia Castellanos, Deputy Director, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE)
  • Laura Muraida, Director of Research, Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE) and Heather Rosenberg, Director, USGBC-Los Angeles's Building Resilience program
  • Gladys Limon, Coalition member/STAND-LA, Staff Attorney, Communities for a Better Environment (CBE)
  • Jonathan Parfrey, Coalition member, EnviroMetro, Executive Director, Climate Resolve and Fernando Cazares, Coalition member, EnviroMetro, California Program Manager – Climate Smart Cities, Trust for Public Land
We hope to see you there!

Speaker Biographies:

Patricia Castellanos
Deputy Director, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE)

Patricia Castellanos joined LAANE in 2006 and oversees the organization’s environmental portfolio. In 2013 she was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to the Los Angeles Harbor Commission, which oversees the management and operation of the nation’s largest port. Before coming to LAANE Castellanos served as harbor area director for the Office of the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles where she was responsible for coordinating the Mayor’s initiatives related to the environment, economic development and goods movement in the harbor. Prior to that position, she was Director of Policy, Training and Education for Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE) and supervised the implementation of SCOPE’s political education program. Castellanos has worked on a variety of political campaigns and voter engagement projects. She attended the Cal State Long Beach Public Policy and Administration program and has a degree in political science. She was named the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year in 2006

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

Fernando Cazares 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. Cazares 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.

Jessica Goodheart
Repower LA Director,
Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE)
Jessica Goodheart is the director of the RePower LA project at the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, a non-profit organization that builds coalitions in support of good jobs, healthy communities and a clean environment.  Working with a broad coalition of labor, environmental and community organizations, she led a successful campaign to persuade the nation’s largest municipally-owned utility to more than double its investment in energy efficiency programs, including those that serve struggling customers and create good, career path job. Goodheart has also served as LAANE’s Research Director, authoring numerous studies, including evaluations of L.A.’s Living Wage Ordinance, analyses of city subsidy programs and reports on local economic development and the L.A. economy. Before joining LAANE in 1997, she managed a U.S. EPA-funded project that evaluated a non-toxic alternative to professional dry cleaning.

Gladys Limón
Staff Attorney, Communities for a Better Environment & STAND-LA coalition member

Gladys Limón represents community members in all stages of litigation and administrative proceedings.  Her work currently includes an unprecedented lawsuit against the City of LA alleging unlawful and racially discriminatory approval of oil drilling in neighborhoods; a legal challenge to a major refinery project that plaintiffs allege will result in the transport of heavy, dirty tar sands crude by rail; and opposing a proposal to build a fourth power plant on the City of Oxnard’s beaches before the PUC.  Limón’s policy work includes statewide efforts to reform the Department of Toxic Substances Control based on the discriminatory impacts of siting and enforcement practices on Latino communities, and developing local and state policies concerning oil refineries and extraction.  Gladys brings to CBE a wealth of complex litigation experience from her former civil rights work, which focused on impact and class-action suits. She received her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2003.

Ron Milam
Coordinator, Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative

Ron Milam joined the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative as its first coordinator in December 2014. Ron brings 16 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector, having served over 145 sustainability-oriented organizations and collaboratives as a consultant. He is skilled at developing leadership, building stronger teams, improving organizational effectiveness and facilitating collaborative change. Milam served as founding Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and holds a master’s degree in Organization Development from Pepperdine University.

Laura Muraida
Director of Research, SCOPE

Laura Muraida is Research Director at Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE), a South LA-based social and economic justice organization. For over 20 years, SCOPE has used community-driven research and policy analysis to elevate the interests of low-income communities of color in policy debate and scholarship. With a background in public health and urban planning, Muraida has helped build SCOPE’s expertise on issues of climate policy, health equity and strategies for targeted public investment. Much of her work—which examines policy issues with a race, class and spatial justice lens—has been integrated into SCOPE’s well-known community organizing and training models that are shared nationally.

Jonathan Parfrey
Executive Director, Climate Resolve & EnviroMetro coalition member

Jonathan Parfrey is executive director of Climate Resolve. Jonathan served as a commissioner at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power from 2008-2013. He is a founder and currently Vice President of CicLAvia. He is also a founder of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability and the statewide Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation. From 2007-2011, Parfrey served as director of the GREEN LA Coalition. From 1994 to 2007, he served as Los Angeles director of Physicians for Social Responsibility. From 1987-1993, he founded and directed the Orange County Catholic Worker. In 2002 Parfrey was awarded a Durfee Foundation Fellowship. In 2010, he received a Stanton Fellowship. In 2011, he was appointed a Senior Fellow at the USC Marshall School of Business, and is currently a fellow at the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities.

Elizabeth Rhoades, Ph.D.
Emergency Preparedness and Response, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Environmental Health

Elizabeth Rhodes coordinates climate change policy and programs at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, where she works to bring a public health voice to decision-making related to climate change. She is the Department representative to County and regional climate change workgroups. Rhoades founded and leads the interdepartmental County Climate Committee, which brings together various Los Angeles County departments to implement the County’s Community Climate Action Plan. In 2014, she authored two climate change reports released by the Department of Public Health, entitled Your Health and Climate Change, and Framework for Addressing Climate Change. Rhoades received her doctorate in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  

Heather Rosenberg
Director of USGBB-Los Angeles's Building Resilience program

Heather Rosenberg, a USGBC Ginsberg Sustainability Fellow, is Director of USGBB-Los Angeles's Building Resilience program for promoting physical, social and economic resilience in facilities. The program will help building owners and operators to prepare for disasters in ways that make life better today. Trained in both ecology and community development, Rosenberg has helped shape policy and programs at the city, state and national level, including work on strategic plans, Climate Action Plans, and the analytical framework for LEED. She is co-author of the USGBC report "Social Equity in the Built Environment,” and co-authored the core curriculum for USGBC's Green Building and LEED Core Concepts Guide. She writes and blogs extensively on resilience, and serves on the City of Los Angeles Innovation and Performance Commission.

Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH
Director, Climate Change and Public Health Project, Center for Climate Change and Public Health, Public Health Institute

Linda Rudolph is the director of the Climate Change and Public Health Project in PHI's Center for Climate Change and Public Health. She is also the principal investigator on a PHI project to advance the integration of Health in All Policies in local jurisdictions around California. Previously, Rudolph served as the deputy director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)'s Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Public Health and the health officer and public health director for the City of Berkeley, CA. While at CDPH, Rudolph chaired the Strategic Growth Council Health in All Policies Task Force and the California Climate Action Team Public Health Work Group. Rudolph has also been the chief medical officer for Medi-Cal Managed Care, medical director for the California Division of Workers' Compensation, executive medical director for the Industrial Medical Council, staff physician in the CDPH Occupational Health program, and a physician for the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers' International Union. Rudolph received her doctorate in medicine and clinical training in pediatrics and emergency medicine from the University of California at San Francisco. She holds a master's in public health from the University of California at Berkeley. Rudolph is board certified in occupational medicine.

Article by Linda Rudolph: Climate Change, Equity and Health: Opportunities for Action, Public Health Institute, Center for Climate Change and Health

Beatriz Solís
Director, Healthy Communities, South Region, The California Endowment

Beatriz 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, Solís 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.



SCG members and LA Funders' Collaborative members: no cost to participate

Funders who are not members of SCG or LA Funders' Collaborative: $100

No cost to participate

Who May Attend:
Current SCG members, LA Funders' Collaborative members, and non-members eligible for SCG membership (grantmakers only).

SCG members: register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
Non-members: register online (if you do not yet have an SCG account, contact us at [email protected].

Please note: By registering for this event, you are giving permission for SCG to share your email address with LA Funders’ Collaborative.