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SCG Environmental Funders Group November

Friday, November 19, 2021
10:30am - 12:00pm

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About SCG Environmental Funders Group

The SCG Environmental Funders Group meets quarterly to educate prospective and current environmental funders about environmental challenges and opportunities in Southern California and foster collaboration, and share successes and challenges. Please contact Katy Pelissier at [email protected] for more information or visit the group's page on the Southern California Grantmakers' website.

This program is part of SCG's 2021 recurring programs. To register for all upcoming dates, please click the "Register for Recurring Dates" button. This feature is only open to members; please contact us if you are a non-member and wish to register for the series at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866.

 

Quarterly Dates

Friday, February 19 | 10:30am - 12:00pm Learn more >>>

Wednesday, May 21 | 10:00am - 12:00pm Learn more >>>

Friday, August 20 | 10:30am - 12:00pm Learn more >>>

 

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Fee
Members of SCG, Smart Growth CA and EGA $0
Non-Members: $100

Who May Attend
Current SCG, Smart Growth CA and EGA members and eligible non-members.

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
Smart Growth CA, and EGA members: email Jacqueline Carillo at [email protected]
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account Jacqueline Carillo at [email protected]
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

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SCG Environmental Funders Group August

Friday, August 20, 2021
10:30am - 12:00pm

Save the date!

Program details coming soon. 
 

About SCG Environmental Funders Group

The SCG Environmental Funders Group meets quarterly to educate prospective and current environmental funders about environmental challenges and opportunities in Southern California and foster collaboration, and share successes and challenges. Please contact Katy Pelissier at [email protected] for more information or visit the group's page on the Southern California Grantmakers' website.

This program is part of SCG's 2021 recurring programs. To register for all upcoming dates, please click the "Register for Recurring Dates" button. This feature is only open to members; please contact us if you are a non-member and wish to register for the series at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866.

 

Quarterly Dates

Friday, February 19 | 10:30am - 12:00pm Learn more >>>

Wednesday, May 21 | 10:00am - 12:00pm Learn more >>>

Friday, November 19 | 10:30am - 12:00pm   Learn more >>>

 

Presented in partnership with 

 

      


Fee
Members of SCG, Smart Growth CA, and EGA: $0
Non-Members: $100

Who May Attend
Current SCG, Smart Growth CA, and EGA members and eligible non-members.

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
Smart Growth CA, and EGA members: email Jacqueline Carillo at [email protected]
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account Jacqueline Carillo at [email protected]
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

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Climate Resilience Investment in Southern California: The Implementation Questions

Friday, May 21, 2021
10:30am - 12:00pm

Locally in Southern California, more than a billion dollars of public funding is now available to support critical investments in green infrastructure, housing, parks, and transportation. State and federal stimulus efforts will likely mean even more funding is on the way. But is our region ready to make these investments support broader policy goals of addressing climate vulnerability and making our communities more resilient?

Numerous research reports and taskforces have made the case for the importance of this moment, but while the vision for green jobs and a just transition is clear, implementation continues to be elusive. Several ingredients are critical, including ongoing leadership from elected officials, inter-agency coordination around implementation, authentic public engagement, and support from the philanthropic community. With a limited window of opportunity, this session will explore what needs to happen in order to make this moment truly transformational.

Join this conversation to learn about opportunities to build out a green economy as public investments in a just transition in Southern California proceed, including sustainable transportation, equitable urban infill housing, parks and open space and green infrastructure investments. We’ll learn from a set of local stakeholders working in the space of sustainable and equitable urban development with an eye towards climate and racial justice, especially in communities that are disproportionally affected by environmental inequities. You’ll also have an opportunity to connect and engage in conversation with other concerned funders, exploring how philanthropy can help make a difference.

This convening is part of a series of quarterly conversations hosted by the Southern California Grantmakers Environmental Funders Group. The convening will continue lifting up themes from previous SCG Environmental Funder Peer Group convenings, including our Urban, Green Infrastructure Investments Under a New Administration, 2020 election debrief, Building an Anti-Racist Environmental Movement, Accelerating a Just transition Framework, Cultivating Environmental Leadership and Power Building, Leadership and Civic Engagement.

 

Quarterly Dates

Friday, August 20 | 10:30am - 12:00pm Learn more >>>

Friday, November 19 | 10:30am - 12:00pm   Learn more >>>

 

Speakers

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 at Stamen 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. 

David Diaz, MPH

Executive Director, ActiveSGV

Dedicated public servant and advocate with project management, coalition building experience who has successfully worked with youth, schools, businesses, nonprofit organizations and cities to advance environmental justice, equity and public health.  David is also a Metro San Gabriel Valley Service Council Member, Metro Sustainability Council Member, and an El Monte Union High School District Board of Trustees Member. He holds a Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Management and Policy from Claremont Graduate University and is happily married to Anais Medina Diaz in the City of El Monte.

Gary Gero

Chief Sustainability Officer, County of Los Angeles

Gary Gero was appointed LA County’s first Chief Sustainability Officer in November 2016.  Gary previously served as the President of the Climate Action Reserve and he now serves as the Vice-Chair of its Board of Directors. Gary’s career includes service as the Assistant General Manager for the City of Los Angeles Environmental Affairs Department, and he also managed renewable and energy efficiency programs at LADWP.

Estelle Reyes

SVP Enhancing Community, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)

Estelle Reyes is the SVP, Enhancing Community at Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), where she is focused on ensuring that underrepresented groups are engaged in the cleantech and sustainability sector.  Prior to LACI, Estelle was the Executive Director at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Greater LA, where she played a central role in launching and growing the NFTE program to reach over 12,000 students locally.  She also has experience as a Financial Analyst in Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management as well as a First Grade Teacher.  Estelle holds a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Brown University and a Master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Katy Young Yaroslavsky

Senior Deputy for the Environment and Arts, Los Angeles County Supervisor, District 3

Katy is responsible for developing the Third District’s environment, water, and arts policy. Katy previously served as the General Counsel and Director of Government Affairs at the Climate Action Reserve, a Los Angeles-based environmental non-profit committed to developing and implementing market-based solutions to climate change. Katy has also worked as land use and environmental attorney at Latham & Watkins and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. An alumnus of the CORO fellowship program, Katy now serves on the Southern California CORO Board of Directors and its Executive Committee. Katy is a Los Angeles native and graduated from Phi Beta Kappa with a BA from UC Berkeley and received her law degree from UCLA.

 

Presented in partnership with 

 

   

 

Fee
Members of SCG, Smart Growth CA and EGA: $0
Non-Members: $100

Who May Attend
Current SCG, Smart Growth CA, and EGA members and eligible non-members.

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
Smart Growth CA, and EGA members: email Jacqueline Carillo at [email protected]
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account Jacqueline Carillo at [email protected]
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

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Grounded Action: Grassroots Movements and Climate Justice | Session 2

Friday, April 16, 2021
10:00am - 11:30am

In philanthropy, ‘grassroots’ is often equated with ‘community’ and with ‘small-scale’. Grassroots solutions do come from the community, but they are not often small. And because grassroots solutions come from the people most impacted by the problem they seek to solve, they can be more effective and holistic in the problems they address.

As communities around California, the nation, and the world are facing increasing impacts and threats from the climate crisis, funders have a unique opportunity to invest in movements building locally, nationally, and internationally. The climate crisis demands that "business as usual" stop and transform, and that includes philanthropy.

In this two-part dialogue series, we will unpack the many different forms of grassroots action in confronting the climate crisis, and hear directly from frontline voices on the inroads for -and the hurdles facing -grassroots movements. We will also address the question, “What role does philanthropy play in supporting action towards justice, collective health, and sustainability?”

The CLIMA Fund and guest speakers from grassroots movements will connect the dots across the ecological and social crises, and how grassroots solutions are growing to meet the challenge. This two-part series will help you break down what that means for you and your grant portfolio. Participants will walk away from the series with a deeper understanding of how climate justice movements are advancing change, and how they can practically take action in support. Institutional funders, individual donors, and philanthropic advisors are encouraged to join.

Session 2 will unpack the nitty-gritty of funding grassroots movements and why the climate crisis requires action beyond borders. It will highlight key lessons of how funders1) are sharing or shifting power to their grantee partners, 2) challenges to/mistakes in accompanying social movements and how they have overcome them, and 3) opportunities for working with grassroots movements at this moment. We will also share resources for having conversations with colleagues and peers in philanthropy about climate justice and movement building.

To register for both events, please click the "Register Now" button. Click here to join us for Session 1 >

 

Speakers

Angie Chen

Senior Program Officer and Community Engagement Director, Libra Foundation

Angie (she/her) brings deep experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors to her work at The Libra Foundation, with particular strengths in nurturing community and building coalitions. In her role, she leads Environmental and Climate Justice grantmaking and community engagement. As founding Executive Director of the Blue Sky Funders Forum, Angie created and oversaw all aspects of a national funder collaborative focused on expanding equitable access to opportunities to learn, play, and grow outdoors. Prior to Blue Sky, Angie served as an advisor to the Pisces Foundation during its formation and as Program Officer at the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, where she supported capacity-building efforts during its spend down. Angie has also designed and managed strategic initiatives at the Pacific Forest & Watershed Lands Stewardship Council and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. And she previously consulted and worked at nonprofit and government organizations that provide safety net services.

Laura García

President and CEO, Greengrants Fund

Laura (she/her)is a Mexican feminist who has advocated for human rights, social justice, and civil society throughout her career. Before joining Global Greengrants, Laura served for seven years as the Executive Director of Fondo Semillas, a Mexican nonprofit organization that finances grassroots organizations to achieve gender equality. Laura has vast experience in grassroots philanthropy, human rights, and movements for social justice, and she has co-created networks to promote community philanthropy in the Global South. She holds a Master's Degree in International Peace and Security, from King’s College, London. She currently serves on the boards of Oxfam Mexico, Justicia Transicional MX, El Día Después, and the Global Fund for Community Foundations.

Doria Robinson

Executive Director, Urban Tilth

Doria (she/her) is a third-generation resident of Richmond, California, and the Executive Director of Urban Tilth. Raised in a strong church community where her grandfather was the minister, Doria spent weekends and summers on the church’s 350-acre ranch in Fairfield, California. It was on the ATOT ranch where she was taught the power of cooperative economics by her grandfather. At Urban Tilth, she led the charge to develop the organization’s three-acre urban farm in Richmond and relaunched the Farm-to-Table CSA social entrepreneurial venture, which now serves hyper-local and sustainably grown produce to 440 west county families each week. Most recently she co-founded Cooperation Richmond, a not-for-profit cooperative developer and one-stop-shop for the incubation, education, training, mentorship, and capital support for cooperative enterprises in Richmond that build community-controlled wealth by and for low-income communities and communities of color.

 

Moderator

Lindley Mease

Director, Climate Leaders in Movement Action (CLIMA) Fund 

Lindley (she/they) is dedicated to building solidarity for grassroots movements advancing just and regenerative solutions to climate change. In addition to coordinating the CLIMA Fund, Lindley is the Co-Founder of Blue Heart, an organization that organizes millennial donors to give to frontline organizations in the U.S. In these roles, she is working to advance accountable philanthropy and to elevate the stories of grassroots organizations building real political power. Lindley also teaches at Stanford University’s Design School; is a community mediator; an avid watercolorist and salsa dancer; and is a member of LeftRoots, a national formation of social movement activists.

 

Presented in partnership with:


 


Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and Catalyst members

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
NCG & Catalyst members: Please contact [email protected] to register.
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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Grounded Action: Grassroots Movements and Climate Justice | Session 1

Friday, April 9, 2021
10:00am - 11:30am

In philanthropy, ‘grassroots’ is often equated with ‘community’ and with ‘small-scale’. Grassroots solutions do come from the community, but they are not often small. And because grassroots solutions come from the people most impacted by the problem they seek to solve, they can be more effective and holistic in the problems they address.

As communities around California, the nation, and the world are facing increasing impacts and threats from the climate crisis, funders have a unique opportunity to invest in movements building locally, nationally, and internationally. The climate crisis demands that "business as usual" stop and transform, and that includes philanthropy.

In this two-part dialogue series, we will unpack the many different forms of grassroots action in confronting the climate crisis, and hear directly from frontline voices on the inroads for -and the hurdles facing -grassroots movements. We will also address the question, “What role does philanthropy play in supporting action towards justice, collective health, and sustainability?”

The CLIMA Fund and guest speakers from grassroots movements will connect the dots across the ecological and social crises, and how grassroots solutions are growing to meet the challenge. This two-part series will help you break down what that means for you and your grant portfolio. Participants will walk away from the series with a deeper understanding of how climate justice movements are advancing change, and how they can practically take action in support. Institutional funders, individual donors, and philanthropic advisors are encouraged to join.

Session 1 will address the following dialogue questions: What is ‘grassroots’? Why & how are grassroots movements the greatest hope for minimizing climate impacts? How grassroots movements work within, outside, and beyond the system. We will outline the four types of grassroots climate solutions in the Soil to Sky: Climate Solutions That Work report, the importance of frontline leadership, and the characteristics of grassroots solutions.

To register for both events, please click the "Register Now" button. Click here to join us for Session 2 >

 

Speakers

Wendy Cruz

Technical Advisor, La Via Campesina (International Peasants’ Movement)

Wendy’s (she/her) career has focused on the international peasants' movement Vía Campesina. As a feminist, she is part of the international platform on November 25th-International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. She works to advance the feminist movement to enable the reflection around women’s progress and actions on the social, political, and economic change that support a just society for women in Honduras.Through her work with theInstituto de Formación Cooperativista (Cooperative Development Institute), she helped form Organizaciones Campesinas de Honduras(Peasant Organizations of Honduras). She continues her work as part of the technical team withVía Campesina, which focuses on supporting rural women, as well as working on projects related to human rights, organizational development, and land defense.

Solomé Lemma 

Executive Director, Thousand Currents 

Solomé (she/her) works closely with the board to set the strategic direction for Thousand Currents and is responsible for ensuring Thousand Currents remains a dynamic, innovative, and financially-sound organization, rooted in its support of grassroots partners. A champion of social transformation through community-driven initiatives, Solomé joins Thousand Currents from Africans in the Diaspora (AiD), an initiative she co-founded and led for four years before its merger with Thousand Currents. Previously, Solomé served as Global Fund for Children’s Senior Program Officer for Africa, managing a portfolio of over 100 grassroots organizations in about 25 countries. She has also worked with the UN Development Programme in Ethiopia, Human Rights Watch in New York City, and International Rescue Committee in Liberia. She is a White House Champion of Change for her work with diaspora communities, a fierce supporter of local leadership, and is a strong voice against “inequitable and ineffective partnerships.” She was named one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s “100 women to follow on Twitter” at @innovateafrica.

Maria Lopez-Nuñez

Deputy Director of Organizing and Advocacy, Ironbound Community Corporation / Climate Justice Alliance

Maria (she/her) grew up in Bushwick and remembers going back to Honduras as a kid to connect with her roots and swim in her rivers. Being displaced multiple times by colonization, racism, and violence sparked her commitment to fight multiple extractive industries and end sacrifice zones once and for all. The Ironbound district of Newark, New Jersey, where she resides is predominantly Black and Latinx, is one of the most toxic neighborhoods in the country, and like many are also getting gentrified at an unprecedented rate. In her role as Deputy Director of Advocacy and Organizing of Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC); she fights the bad and builds the new challenging the current political system, holding power brokers and polluters accountable while fighting for environmental, housing, immigrant, and racial justice. She has organized and helped the passage of historic and landmark city and state legislation such as the Right to Council, the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), and the Environmental Justice Cumulative Impacts Bill. All of which will significantly increase the quality of life of those that are often deemed disposable.

 

Moderator

Lindley Mease

Director, Climate Leaders in Movement Action (CLIMA) Fund

Lindley (she/they) is dedicated to building solidarity for grassroots movements advancing just and regenerative solutions to climate change. In addition to coordinating the CLIMA Fund, Lindley is the Co-Founder of Blue Heart, an organization that organizes millennial donors to give to frontline organizations in the U.S. In these roles, she is working to advance accountable philanthropy and to elevate the stories of grassroots organizations building real political power. Lindley also teaches at Stanford University’s Design School; is a community mediator; an avid watercolorist and salsa dancer; and is a member of LeftRoots, a national formation of social movement activists.

 

Presented in partnership with:


 

 

 


Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and Catalyst members

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
NCG & Catalyst members: Please contact [email protected] to register.
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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Urban, Green Infrastructure Under the New Administration

Friday, February 19, 2021
10:30am - 12:00pm

This funder convening takes place within the first 100 days of the next presidential administration and will explore its impact on the urban environment in Southern California. With cabinet level positions mostly in place, we’ll explore potential impacts healthy, equitable and sustainable urban regions. Specifically, we’ll explore prospective funding, policies and regulations that will spur investments in sustainable transportation, equitable urban infill housing, parks and open space and green infrastructure investments, all of which could generate multiple benefits both for the environment and people.

We’ll learn from national and statewide leaders working in the space of sustainable and equitable urban development with an eye towards climate and racial justice, and explore how Southern California could play a leadership role in implementing green solutions. You’ll learn about strategies to protect the environment, especially in communities that are disproportionally affected by environmental injustices. You’ll also have an opportunity to connect and engage in conversation with other concerned funders, exploring how philanthropy can help make a difference. This convening is part of a series of quarterly conversations hosted by the Southern California Grantmakers Environmental Funders Group.

The convening will continue lifting up themes from previous SCG Environmental Funder Peer Group convenings, including our 2020 election debrief, building an anti-racist environmental movement, accelerating a just transition framework, cultivating Environmental Leadership and Power Building, Leadership and Civic Engagement.

 

Speakers

Cecilia V. Estolano

CEO and Founder, Estolano Advisors

Cecilia has worked directly with public, private, institutional and non-profit clients to plan, finance, design, implement, and operate policy-driven programs and projects that promote sustainable solutions tailored for each community.

Known for her progressive thought leadership, Cecilia has helped to envision, plan, entitle and structure real estate transactions in support of mixed-use, urban infill redevelopment projects that advance green urbanism and environmental stewardship. As an advisor to the Goldhirsh Foundation, Surdna Foundation and Open Society Foundation, she has helped design programs and grant-making strategies that promote inclusive and sustainable economic development.

Cecilia believes that public education is pivotal to building thriving communities. She is currently a Regent of the University of California and has served as President of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors. She has taught courses on equitable urban development and law and the quality of urban life at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design.

Cecilia sits on the boards of Urban Manufacturing Alliance and the National Employment Law Project. She previously served on the California Coastal Commission and on the boards of Manufacturing Renaissance, the California League of Conservation Voters, Lambda Legal, and California YMCA Youth and Government.

Prior to founding Estolano Advisors in 2011, Cecilia served as Chief Executive Officer of the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA); practiced land use and environmental law while Of Counsel at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher; and served as Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during the Clinton Administration, and as Environmental Policy Advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley.

Cecilia received an A.B. with honors from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges, an M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA, and a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law.

Calvin Gladney

President and CEO, Smart Growth America

Calvin Gladney, LEED AP, is President and CEO of Smart Growth America and is a nationally recognized thought leader on the equitable and sustainable revitalization of communities. Prior to being named President and CEO of Smart Growth America in April of 2018, Mr. Gladney was Managing Partner of Mosaic Urban Partners, a real estate development and advisory services firm that advised non-profits, cities, and elected officials on how to sustainably and equitably regenerate their communities. In 2017, Mr. Gladney was also the Urban Land Institute’s Senior Visiting Fellow for Equity.

Over the past ten years, Mr. Gladney has worked on community revitalization projects in more than 25 cities and has served as a strategic advisor on projects with estimated development costs of over $1B and totaling more than 5M square feet of planned development. He has worked on community revitalization projects throughout the United States including projects in Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Boston, Denver, Detroit, the District of Columbia, Grand Rapids, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Louisville, Memphis, Oakland, Pittsburgh and Prince George’s County, MD. Mr. Gladney through Mosaic was also part of the team that developed a new 31-unit apartment building and a separate two-story restaurant in Washington, DC.

Prior to founding Mosaic, Mr. Gladney served as Vice President of the Anacostia Waterfront Corp. (AWC), a DC quasi-public real estate corporation where he assisted the CEO with the management of the Corporation and was the project manager for a master-planned, mixed-use redevelopment of 67 acres of city land. Mr. Gladney also previously served as the General Counsel and Transactions Manager at BRIDGE Housing Corporation, a private developer in San Francisco, CA. At BRIDGE Mr. Gladney was the lead businessperson in the investment of $60 million of CalPERS equity in multiple real estate development deals. He also provided strategic advice on the development and management of more than 2,700 apartments throughout California.

Mr. Gladney graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, received his BS from Cornell University and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He is a trustee of the Urban Land Institute and a board member of the Center for Community Progress. He is also a member of ULI’s national Public/Private Partnership Council (Blue Flight). Mr. Gladney also serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Masters in Real Estate Program where he teaches real estate entrepreneurship and a real estate market analysis class. In his spare time Mr. Gladney…Mr. Gladney doesn’t have any spare time. But he will make time for you. You can connect with him on Twitter and Instagram @SmartGrowthCEO. 

Alfredo Gonzalez 

Director, Southern California, Resources Legacy Fund 

Alfredo leads efforts to broaden and diversify the constituency for environmental conservation with a specific focus on engaging communities of color and younger Californians. Prior to working at RLF, Alfredo served as director of the South Coast and Deserts Region for The Nature Conservancy, where he managed various programs including a Los Angeles-based urban conservation project and oversaw large scale land protection and habitat restoration projects across the region. Alfredo previously served in senior government affairs positions for the Southern California Association of Governments and the County of Santa Clara, and was a policy analyst for Latino Issues Forum in San Francisco. Alfredo received a BA in Communications from UC Berkeley and an MA in Public Administration from California State University, Los Angeles.

Kate Gordon 

Director, State of California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research

Kate Gordon has spent the past two decades working at the intersection of climate change, energy policy, and economic development. Gordon was appointed Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and Senior Advisor to the Governor on Climate by Governor Gavin Newsom on January 7, 2019. Trained as a community organizer, and later in law and regional economic development, her focus has long been on bringing diverse groups together to work toward a more sustainable, inclusive economy. Prior to being appointed OPR Director, Gordon was the founding director of the Risky Business Project, which focused on quantifying the economic impacts of climate change on U.S. energy demand, crop yields, and coastal infrastructure as well as on human health and mortality. As part of this work, Gordon consulted numerous investors and corporations on strategies to reduce climate risks across investments and assets, and also served as a co-author on the Fourth National Climate Assessment's chapter on “Reducing Risks Through Adaptation Actions.”

Prior to her work on Risky Business, Gordon served in senior leadership positions at several nonpartisan think tanks including the Henry M. Paulson Institute, the Center for the Next Generation, the Center for American Progress, and as a nonresident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. Gordon got her start on energy and climate issues working to craft progressive policies at the intersection of labor, business, community, and environmental interests at the national Apollo Alliance, where she ultimately served as co-Executive Director until the merger with the Blue-Green Alliance in 2011. Under her leadership, the Apollo Alliance drafted key parts of the American Recovery And Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) including the Advanced Manufacturing Tax Credit and a competitive grant program for green jobs training, and also partnered with the AFL-CIO to draft the "just transition" portions of the proposed American Clean Energy and Security Act (aka the "Waxman-Markey bill").

Gordon earned a J.D. and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of California-Berkeley, and an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University. Along with her role in state government, Gordon regularly co-teaches a course at Stanford Law School entitled "Climate: Politics, Finance, and Infrastructure."

About SCG Environmental Funders Group

The SCG Environmental Funders Group meets quarterly to educate prospective and current environmental funders about environmental challenges and opportunities in Southern California and foster collaboration, and share successes and challenges. Please contact Katy Pelissier at [email protected] for more information or visit the group's page on the Southern California Grantmakers' website. This program is part of SCG's 2021 recurring programs. To register for all upcoming dates, please click the "Register for Recurring Dates" button. This feature is only open to members; please contact us if you are a non-member and wish to register for the series at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866.


Quarterly Dates

Wednesday, May 21 | 10:00am - 12:00pm Learn more >>>

Friday, August 20 | 10:30am - 12:00pm Learn more >>>

Friday, November 19 | 10:30am - 12:00pm   Learn more >>>

 

Presented in partnership with 

 

      

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Fee
Members of SCG, Smart Growth CA, and EGA: $0
Non-Members: $100

Who May Attend
Current SCG, Smart Growth CA, and EGA members and eligible non-members.

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
Smart Growth CA and EGA members: email Jacqueline Carillo at [email protected]
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account Jacqueline Carillo at [email protected]
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

 
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2020 Election Debrief: What is Next for the Environment in Southern California?

Friday, November 20, 2020
10:30am - 12:00pm
Where: 
Webinar

This funder convening will take place two and a half weeks after what many believe is one of the most consequential elections in this nation’s history.

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Transit Justice is Racial and Climate Justice

Thursday, October 1, 2020
10:00am - 11:30am

Join Smart Growth California’s Los Angeles Funders Collaborative, the Collaborative on Mobility and Access at TFN, Southern California Grantmakers, ClimatePlan, Transit Center, ACT-LA, Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance and the Community Power Collective for a conversation about transit justice in Los Angeles and its state and national implications.

Despite LA County’s car-centric reputation, over a million Angelenos do not have cars, and this is particularly true in LA’s Black and immigrant communities. Public transit is the community infrastructure that connects us to jobs, family, and healthcare. LA County is by far the most populated County in the US; it is critical to maintain and grow our transit ridership in order to address climate change and improve air quality.

However, public transit in LA County is often unreliable, slow, poorly connected and overpoliced. It burdens the pocketbooks of the extremely low income families that rely on it. ACT-LA, a countywide coalition working on transit issues believes that LA Metro as an agency has long prioritized the wrong budget items; funding major train projects over the much more utilized bus system, maintaining an extensive fare enforcement system and committing almost a billion dollars for policing.

Community organizers in LA are building a movement for transit justice in order to make the County’s development of public transportation a pathway to a just transition rather than a source of displacement and further inequity. This convening invites dialogue about the multi-sector nature of this issue, successes and challenges at the state and regional level and where we go from here.


Moderator

David Bragdon

Executive Director, TransitCenter

David has been at the helm of TransitCenter since 2013, leading its reinvention as a civic philanthropy. He assembled the crew and sets direction for the foundation’s mission to improve urban transportation.

He’s a reformer by nature, who’s led change and organizational improvement in both the public and private sectors. He spent the early part of his career as a maritime and aviation freight dog, and was then elected to two terms as President of the Metro Council, the regional government for the Portland, Oregon area. He drove a taxi cab for a year, jump-seated a 747 freighter into the then-USSR, rode a Dutch container ship up the Strait of Malacca, and twice (once for two minutes in Minnesota and once for five minutes in Iowa) has been allowed to run the engineer’s throttle on a freight train, so he knows how to move big things.

Speakers

Chanell Fletcher

Executive Director, ClimatePlan

As the Executive Director of ClimatePlan, Chanell oversees network partners and staff efforts’ on state and regional policy to help California communities become more healthy, equitable, and sustainable. Chanell has over 10 years of experience working on policy issues related to climate change, land use, and transportation. Chanell sits on the boards of the Planning and Conservation League and California Walks. Previously, as the organization’s Associate Director, Chanell led ClimatePlan’s policy campaigns. Prior to that, as Senior California Policy Manager for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Chanell worked with state agencies and the state legislature to support safe walking and bicycling for children and families, especially in lower-income communities throughout California. Chanell began her career as an intern in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, analyzing the federal transportation bill, MAP-21, connecting it to states’ performance and funding needs. Chanell received her Master's degree in Public Administration from San Francisco State University and studied history at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Carla De Paz

Community Power Collective

Carla De Paz is the daughter of an immigrant single mother from Guatemala that found herself planting roots in Lynwood, CA. She had a humble but joyful upbringing, raised in a household with extended and chosen family who instilled a strong sense of responsibility, community, and lots of dancing. Her passion for organizing flourished in college while volunteering for IDEPSCA at multiple day laborer sites. After graduating with a BA in Political Science and Labor & Workplace Studies from UCLA in 2010, she started organizing nursing homeworkers with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). While at SEIU, she organized over 500 workers to win union representation through National Labor Board Relations elections.

Carla became more interested in land use and housing issues after her family lost their home during the foreclosure crisis. In 2013, she started organizing with the East LA Community Corporation and over a 7 year period she led multiple high profile efforts including the base building work for the Los Angeles Street Vendor Campaign which won the legalization of street vending in 2019 and securing affordable housing and green space on all Metro-owned land in Boyle Heights. She also played a big part in shaping ELACC’s political orientation towards transformative organizing and movement building, making ELACC a prominent player within the housing justice movement ecosystem.

Unfortunately, after suffering a financial crisis that was amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization was no longer able to sustain its organizing programs. In April of 2020, Carla made the decision to lead the separation of ELACC’s organizing work into a new entity, the Community Power Collective (CPC), and now leads CPC’s operations, advocacy and coalition work. She chairs the Organizing Committees for the Alliance for Community Transit (ACT-LA), the Healthy LA Coalition, and is on the steering committee for Homes For All California.

Carla’s lived experience and learnings in the 12 years of organizing have solidified her identity as a social movement leftist and she hopes to continue building her skill sets as a strategist within CPC and to strengthen CPC’s role as a tool for winning housing and land use justice in Los Angeles. Carla enjoys reading poetry about radical free love, she enjoys summer day dancing to reggaeton, and enjoys Sundays by herself with her plants.

 

Laura Raymond 

Director, ACT-LA

Laura Raymond is the Director of the Alliance for Community Transit – Los Angeles (ACT-LA), a coalition of 37 organizations. Since 2015, she has led ACT-LA’s work on numerous successful city and County campaigns that have won policies including Measure JJJ, LA’s affordable housing linkage fee, and LA Metro’s Transit-Oriented Communities (TOC) policy. She also co-led a community/labor campaign that defeated Measure S. Currently, she is directing the coalition’s equitable planning program, its city, county and statewide policy work, and a transit justice organizing and advocacy campaign.

Over the last 20 years, she has been active in a wide range of policy campaigns, civil and human rights projects and has built and coordinated numerous social justice coalitions. Prior to ACT-LA, she spent 6 years managing advocacy campaigns with the Center for Constitutional Rights and 3 years as National Student Organizer for the National Lawyers Guild. She has a self-designed Masters degree in Policy Advocacy from the School for International Training and a B.A. in Community Studies from UC Santa Cruz.

Alexandra Suh

Executive Director, KIWA

A supporter of KIWA since she moved to Los Angeles in 2002, Alexandra Suh joined KIWA’s staff in 2009 and became executive director in 2011. Suh has over twenty years’ experience in social justice work and holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University. In 2014, California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez honored her as 53rd Assembly District Woman of the Year. Suh was named one of LA Weekly’s People 2014 and is the recipient of Liberty Hill’s 2014 Changemaker Award. She was a member of the 2014-15 cohort of the Fellowship for a New California and the 2018 cohort of Lead Now California through the Rockwood Leadership Institute. Suh serves on the executive boards of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor (LA Fed) and of the National Immigration Law Center (NILC). She also serves on the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board. She lives in Koreatown with her partner and two children. She seeks to bring ecological awareness together with organizing and advocacy for social and economic justice–to create a livable Koreatown, Los Angeles, and world.

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