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As TFN’s 2022 Annual Conference: Seize the Moment is fast approaching, we wanted to lift up a few events that may be of interest.

Below are some agenda highlights that we hope connect to your work — many of which feature funders that are involved with our GREEN and Urban Water Funders working groups.

TFN2022 sessions are meant to be intersectional and cross-cutting. Our San Diego conference, which takes place March 14 to 16, will give funders an opportunity to address interrelated challenges that impact people and communities, such as climate mitigation, community resilience and infrastructure.

Take a look at our preliminary TFN2022 Conference Agenda to see what else we’ll be learning in San Diego!

Day 1 | Monday March 14

*Concurrent Breakout Sessions*

Creative Financing for Equitable Climate Resilience: What Funders Need to Know | 2 PM PT


Join us for a dynamic conversation on how foundations can deploy their resources — including money, influence and relationships — to help develop investment ecosystems that enable capital to flow to equitable climate resilience efforts.

We’ll learn about the Center for Community Investment’s (CCI) recent publication, Seeding Climate Resilience Through Equitable Investment, which offers case studies of successful climate resilience investments, including the role of philanthropy, surfacing a set of strategies that take aim at the systems underlying the inequitable distribution of risk.

Featured Speakers: 

Joining us in conversation (pictured above from left):

Saneta deVuono-powellCo-Founder and Partner, GroundWorks Consulting 

Paulina LópezExecutive Director, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition 

Alberto J. RodríguezStrategic Advisor, Duwamish Valley, City of Seattle 

Omar Carrillo TinajeroDirector of Innovation and Learning, Center for Community InvestmentPLACES 2020 Fellow (Moderator)

Demanding Equity & Justice in Federal/State Water Investments | 2 PM PT

Water infrastructure is an environmental justice issue: For years, community and justice leaders have warned about the woefully dangerous state of our water infrastructure. The impacts of these broken and failing systems fall especially hard on BIPOC and low-income communities.

This session will feature leaders from the Water Equity and Climate Resilience Caucus, co-chaired by PolicyLink and the Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy, who will share how they have built strategy, peer power, policy momentum and equitable change for their communities. They’ll share how this work is influencing key federal policy opportunities — and how philanthropy is partnering with them to level up these efforts.

Featured Speakers:

Monica Lewis-PatrickPresident & CEO, We the People 

Nayyirah Shariffindividual

Mariana Del Valle Prieto CervantesWater Equity and Ocean Program Director, Green Latinos 

Alesandra NájeraProgram Officer, Water Foundation (Moderator) 

Day 2 | Tuesday, March 15

*Concurrent Breakout Sessions*

The Future of Climate Action is Latinx | 10:30 AM PT

Join us for an intergenerational conversation led by Latinx youth leaders at the forefront of the climate movement, in dialogue with more veteran members of the Latinx community, on the future of climate action.

Featured Speakers: 

Paloma AguirreCity of Imperial Beach Councilwoman and Senior Program Officer for International Community Foundation 

Mary Skelton RobertsSenior VP for Programs, Energy Foundation2011 PLACES Fellow

Denisce Sarai PalaciosJolt Action (Moderator) 

Participatory Grantmaking: Investing in Shared Power and Community Listening | 10:30 AM PT

This session will explore how to create an authentic participatory grantmaking fund, how these funds are structured and governed, and how they are working to support BIPOC leaders. You will hear from fund grantees, foundation staff who manage these funds, and funders who worked with their foundation boards and grantmaking colleagues to establish the funds.

Featured Speakers: 

Alicia SmithExecutive Director, Junction Coalition

Crystal M.C. DavisVice President of Policy & Strategic Engagement, Alliance for the Great Lakes

People, Parks & Power: Movement Building for Park & Green Space Equity | 10:30 AM PT

This session features advocates and public agency leaders at the vanguard of the park equity movement who are working to ensure that disinvested, park deficient communities are fair, just, and green. We’ll learn how funders can support park equity work, including a look at a new, joint national funding initiative of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, “People, Parks, and Power.”

Featured Speakers: 

Sean WattsOwner, SM Watts Consulting 

Sandra CeledonPresident and CEO, Fresno Building Healthy Communities 

Clement LauDepartmental Facilities Planner, Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation & Los Angeles County Regional Parks and Open Space District 

Elva YanezDirector of Health Equity, Prevention Institute (Moderator) 

Day 3 | Wednesday March 16

Equity Investments Go National: What We Can Learn from California’s Bold Experiment | 9 AM PT


The session will explore lessons from California’s bold experiment as this climate justice greenlining approach goes national. Funders will hear from several community-grounded experts involved in the California program. We’ll also hear a national perspective on a similar initiative proposed by the Biden Administration: “Justice40,” which aims to deliver 40 percent of benefits from relevant federal investments to disadvantaged communities, using the EPA’s data screen. The session will update funders on how this initiative is redirecting billions of federal dollars into climate, health and equity work. (Please note the title of this session was updated Feb. 10)

Featured Speakers: 

Joining us in conversation (pictured above from left):

Hana G. Creger, Senior Program Manager, Climate Equity, Greenlining Institute 

Diane TakvorianExecutive Director, Environmental Health Coalition 

Ben RussakDirector of Public Partnerships, Liberty Hill Foundation (Moderator) 


Click here to register for TFN 2022!

Be sure to check out the #TFN2022 Annual Conference webpage for updates to the agenda, health and safety protocols and venue information.