Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 6
All day

TOGETHER in Sacramento | For nonprofit, Native, and local agency TOGETHER members

Join our Policy Committee for a day of advocacy and relationship building in Sacramento. We’ll meet with legislators to share our policy priorities and invite them to learn more about our coalition and our members’ work. This is a great opportunity to gain insight into how policy works in California and to make connections with people engaged in our advocacy work, many of whom have been both generous mentors and generous first-timers to collaborative advocacy. Pre-trip planning will take place on Thursday, February 22 at 11:00 am and a pre-trip briefing for participants will take place online on March 4 at 11:00 am (see below for more information!). RSVP here

Thursday, March 28

Workforce Development Field Trip | Open to TOGETHER members

Join us to learn about workforce development at a field trip hosted by Conservation Corps North Bay and Marin County Parks. We’ll learn about the work that CCNB does, from implementing projects with workforce partners to preparing employees for careers in conservation, and explore the ways that they’ve forged a strong bond of collaboration with Marin County Parks. We’ll go for a short hike to one of CCNB’s trail crew project sites on Marin County Parks land, visit with corpsmembers and see them in action, and then settle in for a robust conversation about workforce development.

This is an opportunity for TOGETHER members who work in recruitment, hiring, and personnel, as well as anyone interested in joining the workforce conversation. Bring your questions and ideas! We want to learn what challenges you face, and what your greatest needs are, when it comes to building a workforce. RSVP here

Tuesday, April 16
3:00–4:20 pm

Wildfire Data Working Group Session | Open to everyone

WDWG is focused on regional coordination of data collected before, during, and after wildfires for informed decision making by land management organizations and agencies. TOGETHER Bay Area convenes this working group of data compilers to learn from one another, share information, and build our regional understanding of the impacts of fire on the land. At this session, we will discuss the range, objectives, and data needs of forest health projects happening around the region. 

To participate, email [email protected]. These meetings are open to everyone.

Advocacy

Policy Learning Sessions

TOGETHER Bay Area is thrilled to announce the plan for new Policy Learning Sessions. These sessions will share information and resources to grow our members’ collective capacity for advocacy as TOGETHER Bay Area.

Each session will be engaging and informative, covering topics that are core to TOGETHER Bay Area’s work building legislative relationships and advocating for policies and funding on behalf of its regional goals and membership.

Learning Sessions will be designed for a wide audience including people new to the policy world as well as seasoned communications/marketing folks (and there may be an online after-party for policy wonks who want to geek out in the weeds). Staff and board members who are eligible to participate in TOGETHER’s advocacy program (nonprofits, Native Tribes & organizations, and local public agencies) are invited!

Centering Relationships in Advocacy
Thursday, May 30, 11:00 am–12:00 pm

Join TOGETHER Bay Area leadership and guests to learn what advocacy means to TBA. Identify and practice simple ways of how to build meaningful relationships with legislators, staff and agencies. Learn how members can build advocacy on behalf of TBA.

Register here

Landmark California Environmental Policies
September 2024–More information coming soon!

For people interested in geeking out on policy, or having an umbrella view of California’s big environmental policy impacts, join TOGETHER Bay Area’s Policy Coordinator Jessica Little as she reviews the major State policies that filter down to affect all of our local work.

TOGETHER in Sacramento

Join our Policy Committee for two days of advocacy and relationship building in Sacramento. We’ll meet with legislators to share our policy priorities and invite them to learn more about our coalition and our members’ work. This is a great opportunity to gain insight into how policy works in California and to make connections with people engaged in our advocacy work, many of whom have been both generous mentors and generous first-timers to collaborative advocacy.

Wednesday, March 6 | All day

Wednesday, May 29 or Wednesday, June 5 | All day (Date to be confirmed soon!) 

To participate, email [email protected]. Staff and board members who are eligible to participate in TOGETHER’s advocacy program (nonprofits, Native Tribes & organizations, and local public agency members) are invited!

Advocacy made accessible

Whether this will be your first time or your 100th, we want to help all participants prepare for and shape a successful day of advocacy! RSVP to [email protected] to participate in these pre-trip sessions:

Policy Committee Meeting: Planning for Sacramento | Thursday, February 22, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
We will use this meeting to strategize for the TOGETHER in Sacramento Day. This will include a discussion of talking points, the “main ask,” prioritizing meetings, and more. Help shape our advocacy and lend your expertise and curiosity.

Virtual Briefing for TOGETHER in Sacramento | Monday, March 4, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Before we head to the Capitol, we’ll meet as a group online to go through advocacy day logistics, tips for facilitating meetings, and answer all the questions you might have.

Policy Committee

Our Policy Committee meets every other Thursday to advocate effectively towards our policy priorities through values-driven, collaborative, inclusive participation of our coalition’s members. TOGETHER Bay Area encourages individuals from a variety of member organizations and with various levels of policy expertise to participate in the Policy Committee – it is an active learning, listening, and sharing space.

To participate, email [email protected]. Staff and board members who are eligible to participate in TOGETHER’s advocacy program (nonprofits, Native Tribes & organizations, and local public agencies) are invited!

Regional Habitat Goals

Wildfire data working group

Wildfire Data Working Group

Since April 2021, we have convened regular calls with professionals at nonprofits, public agencies, and companies who compile data about wildfire on the landscape. We meet every other months for 80 minutes to hear from speakers and facilitate regional conversations about timely topics.

Our next Working Group session will be on Tuesday, February 20 from 3:00–4:20 pm on Zoom. To participate, email [email protected]. These meetings are open to everyone.

Regional Coordination

Thursday, March 28

Save the date! Workforce Development Field Trip

We’re excited to announce that Conservation Corps North Bay will host a field trip in partnership with Marin County Parks this spring. We’ll see a CCNB team in action at a project site in the Parks and have a robust conversation about workforce development. Registration link is coming soon! Email [email protected] with questions. This event is open to all members. 

TOGETHER Conference, May 7–10, 2024

  • Tuesday, May 7: Virtual Kickoff
  • Wednesday, May 8: In-person conference at the Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
  • Thursday & Friday, May 9 & 10: Field trips co-hosted by TOGETHER Bay Area members

Save the dates for our annual conference! Everyone who works for climate resilience and social equity is encouraged to attend and participate. Learn more here and look back at the 2023 Spring Conference

Tribal Alliances

Right Relations

Right Relations is a 9-month, cohort-based program that supports alliances with local Native American communities through learning, action, and community. We are catalyzing collective action for healthy lands, people, and communities and building the region’s capacity to strengthen Tribal sovereignty. This program is designed specifically for TOGETHER Bay Area members in partnership with Redbud Resource Group. See the calendar for Phase One here and for Phase Two here

Going Beyond Land Acknowledgments 

Going Beyond Land Acknowledgements is an interactive 2.5 hour workshop for individuals seeking to grow their allyship with Native peoples. Participants learn about the strengths and limitations of land acknowledgements and explore concrete, action-oriented strategies for building connections with Native communities and organizations.

Individuals working for TOGETHER Bay Area member organizations are invited to participate in one of the following online workshops:

  • Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 10:00 am–12:30 pm
  • Tuesday, August 6, 2024, 10:00 am–12:30 pm 
  • Tuesday, November 5, 2024, 10:00 am–12:30 pm

TOGETHER Bay Area has reserved 10 spots at each of the workshops for people who work for our member organizations. Anyone who works at our member organizations can apply: all departments, at any level. There is no cost for TOGETHER members to attend as part of this program. Please email [email protected] to reserve your space in a GBLA workshop. First come, first served!