May 15, 2020 10:30 am-12:30 pm
In the last decade, movements across the country “have created intentional and strategic leadership development that inspires and prepares grassroots leaders to run for local office—which then creates the conditions for leaders to pursue higher office” at state and national levels (1000 Leaders (And More) Rising, 2019). What is unique about many of these programs, according to the recent report by USC’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, is the way in which these leaders are situated within broader coalitions. How can grantmakers support community power-building that leads to greater leadership and civic engagement on environmental issues? And especially, how do we move this work forward in light of a world changed by the coronavirus? We’ll share success stories and dig deeper to understand underlying themes making these programs work. We’ll also address opportunities to scale and network these initiatives in order to deepen their impact. Given the complexity and diversity of the environmental movement, this session will weave together multiple issues including environmental justice, land conservation, park access, air and water quality, and more.
Register now to join these conversations co-hosted by Smart Growth California, Environmental Grantmakers Association and the Neighborhood Funders Group.
- Friday, August 21, 2020, 10:30am – 12:30 pm
- Friday, November 20, 2020, 10:30am – 12:30 pm
- Roger Kim (moderator), Director, Climate Equity Action Fund, Democracy Alliance
- Rob Chlala, Program Manager, Funders for a Just Economy, Neighborhood Funders Group
- Belinda Faustinos, Executive Director, Nature For All
- Veronica Padilla-Campos, Senior Vice President and Political Director, The Public Interest Network
- Wendy Wendlandt, Senior Vice President and Political Director, The Public Interest Network