This funder convening is scheduled to take place a week and a half after yet another consequential election. While the election impacts all aspects of life in California, this convening will bring together key leaders in California to reflect on what the results mean for our region on issues related to climate change, environmental justice, urban sustainability, watershed health, open space and ecosystem protection and air quality.
This session will explore what policies and laws might be on the horizon, as well as implementing key funding streams that have emerged in the last two years like the Inflation Reduction Act, or cuts impacting a broad section of programs. It will also explore the role of philanthropy in this moment, both what would be helpful and what wouldn’t be.
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 this year, including Beyond Fossil Fuels, Beyond Land Acknowledgments and Making Justice 40 a Reality on the Ground.
The SCG Environmental Funders Group meets quarterly to educate prospective and current environmental funders about environmental challenges and opportunities in Southern California, foster collaboration, and share successes and challenges. Please contact Katy Pelissier at email@example.com for more information.
President of Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters and Associate Director of Southern California External Affairs, The Nature Conservancy
She works for The Nature Conservancy in California as an Associate Director of Southern California External Affairs managing relationships with local, state, and federal legislators, officials, partner organizations, and supporting conservation programs in southern California.
Shona is the current President of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters Board.
Shona is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley (BA in Development Studies and South Asian Studies), Claremont Graduate University (MA in Cultural Studies), and the Peter Drucker and Masatoshi Ito School of Management (MBA).
Senior Director of Environmental and Climate Justice, Liberty Hill Foundation
Angelo Logan is the Senior Director for Environmental & Climate Justice at the Liberty Hill Foundation. Angelo was recently Policy and Campaign Director for the Moving Forward Network and is the co-founder of East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice.
For over 20 years, Angelo Logan has been advocating for his community and communities across the country impacted by industrial and transportation pollution. Angelo’s life experience allows him to provide his perspective through an environmental justice and equity lens.
Angelo serves on the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council- Member, Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs - Board of Directors, and the California EV Charging Infrastructure Strike Force- Co-Chair
Senior Director for Strategic Initiatives, Liberty Hill Foundation
Throughout her 34-year tenure at Liberty Hill, Michele has helped to lead the foundation’s expansion into programs focused on poverty, racial justice and environmental health. She has guided collaborative efforts to advance social equity in public policy through cutting-edge research, alliance-building and community organizing. In 2014, she led the UCLA Community Scholars program, coordinating Urban Planning graduate students and community leaders to research climate change reduction strategies in low-income neighborhoods of Los Angeles. In 2015, she co-founded the STAND LA (Standing Together Against Neighborhood Drilling) Coalition with community leaders. In 2016, the “Clean Up Green Up” campaign established three pilot “Green Zones” in the toxic hotspot communities of Boyle Heights, Pacoima/Sun Valley and Wilmington. Liberty Hill, under Michele’s leadership, was one of the key project partners in the development of the “OurCounty” Plan, Los Angeles County’s first-ever sustainability roadmap adopted by the Board of Supervisors in August 2019, and now helps to support the activities of the City of LA Climate Emergency Mobilization Office. Michele has been an active participant in philanthropic associations, and in 2012, received the Council on Foundations’ Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest honor. She currently serves on the LA City-County “Just Transition” Taskforce and as a Senior Fellow in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.
Political & Organizing Director, California Environmental Voters
Mike Young is EnviroVoters’ Political and Organizing Director. He has nearly two decades of experience working on electoral campaigns and organizing with key political and grassroots community partners to build strategic relationships that have helped both identify and support environmental leaders, as well as hold legislators accountable to their community’s concerns. Mike is a founding board member of Los Angeles Forward and Black Women for Wellness Action Project. He's a graduate of Pepperdine University where he earned B.A.s in Political Science and Philosophy, as well as an Undergraduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution.