May 7–10, 2024

Transformation & Tight Timelines

How do we meet the region’s time-sensitive climate needs while also investing in long-term solutions?

Across our organizations, this question pervades every aspect of our work towards climate resilience and equity. We know the climate and biodiversity crises demand immediate action. We hear calls to increase our pace, broaden our scale, and demonstrate our progress by counting acres, species, jobs, and funding dollars. And we know that so much of the work that matters, from stewardship to shifting power to building relationships, goes beyond measurement. We know we need to work at the speed of trust to create systems change for a sustainable, equitable Bay Area.

At the 2024 TOGETHER Conference, we’ll explore how regional collaboration can support both urgent needs and long-term transformation across three topics:

Conserving and stewarding 50% of the Bay Area’s lands by 2050

Building Tribal alliances and fostering right relations 

Securing significant and stable funding for the region

Featuring speakers, workshops, peer-to-peer learning sessions, and field trips, the Spring Conference is an opportunity to support the urgent work we need to do today and build the foundation for meaningful transformation. If you work for an organization focused on climate resilience and equity in the Bay Area and beyond, this conference is for you. We invite those in all stages of their career and all arms of an organization – whether your role is working on the land or water,  communicating, interpreting, fundraising, directing, interning, and more – to attend the conference to learn, connect, and collaborate. 

SCHEDULE

 

Tuesday, May 7 | Virtual kickoff online from 9:00–10:30 am

Wednesday, May 8 | All-day, in-person conference at the Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

Thursday and Friday, May 9–10 | Field trips co-hosted by TOGETHER Bay Area members

Tuesday, May 7 | Virtual Kickoff

9:00–10:30 am

Featuring an opening day speaker, this online kickoff will also include opportunities to meet others attending the conference. 

Wednesday, May 8 | Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

8:00 am

Doors Open
Join us for morning beverages, light fare, exhibitors, and a meetup for Newcomers and Ambassadors

9:00 am

Opening Plenary
Welcome to the 2024 Conference!
Transforming Our Lands and Ourselves
With Paloma Flores

10:00 am

Structured Networking
Meet and connect with your fellow attendees!

11:00 am

Morning Plenary
Inspiration through Implementation: The State Coastal Conservancy’s Impact
With Amy Hutzel, State Coastal Conservancy; Seair Lorentz, Petaluma River Park Foundation; Nicole Braddock, Solano Land Trust

12:00 pm

Lunch
Enjoy lunch, games, and activities! Lunchtime activities will include:

Meet the Roving Ranger and Tam Van! Two popular community engagement vehicles that connect people to parks and parks to people! Think: a “Nature Pop-Up” on wheels that has a wide variety of interactive activities that inspire awe, wonder and curiosity about local nature!

By traveling to community and youth hubs in different neighborhoods and parklands throughout San Francisco, Marin, and San Mateo counties, they create access to learning and education, joyful play, arts and crafts, cultural celebrations, and much more. Join us to learn the power of this engagement tool, our journey so far, and get some ideas on how you could get one too!

1:30 pm

Afternoon Plenary
Local Action, Regional Coordination, State Goals, Global Leadership
With Secretary Wade Crowfoot

2:30 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Choose from one of the following sessions:

  • Going Beyond Land Acknowledgements – a mini-training
  • How You Can Help Pass Funding Measures (yes, you!) and Why it Matters
  • Let’s Talk about the Complexity and Potential of Regional Conservation Strategies
  • Meetup for Right Relations program participants
  • Meetup by Affinity Groups

4:00 pm

Closing Plenary
Stories of Transformation
Speakers to be announced!

5:00 pm

Reception
Celebrate with new and old friends

7:00 pm

Homeward bound!

TOGETHER Bay Area is excited to host our in-person conference day on May 8 at the Fort Mason Center’s Pier 2. We’ll miss the Craneway Pavilion (now the Craneway Pickleball Pavilion!) and Richmond, and we look forward to welcoming attendees in our new conference venue. The Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture is located along the northern waterfront between Aquatic Park and the Marina Green in San Francisco. Check out directions and transportation options.

Thursday, May 9 & Friday, May 10 | Field Trips

Varying times

TOGETHER Bay Area members will host a number of incredible field trips over the two days. Each attendee has access to one field trip included with their conference ticket. See our field trips here!

SPEAKERS

Transformation and Tight Timelines: What’s the Challenge and What Are the Opportunities?

Kim Moore Bailey

With over 25 years of experience in strategic planning and community engagement, Kim Moore Bailey (she/her) provides the leadership and vision that drives Justice Outside’s work, shifting resources to, building power with, and centering the voices and leadership of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to advance racial justice and equity in the outdoor and environmental movement.

As President and Chief Executive Officer of Justice Outside, Kim guides the overall strategic direction for the organization and supports the leadership team as they manage the organization’s grantmaking portfolio, training and capacity-building programs and on-going advocacy work.

Kim is a frequent speaker and thought leader on topics related to racial equity and inclusion in the outdoor and environmental fields. As a facilitator, she has supported many individuals and organizations in thinking about equitable access to nature and designing outdoor spaces and programming that supports this goal. Read her full bio here

Local Action, Regional Coordination, State Goals, Global Leadership

Secretary Wade Crowfoot

Wade Crowfoot serves as California’s Natural Resources Secretary, leading efforts to conserve California’s environment and natural resources. He has served as Secretary since 2019 and advises Governor Newsom as a member of his cabinet.

Secretary Crowfoot oversees an agency of over 25,000 employees spread across 26 departments, commissions, and conservancies. His agency is charged with stewarding California’s forests and natural lands, rivers and water supplies, and coast and ocean. It also protects natural places, wildlife and biodiversity, and helps oversee the state’s world-leading clean energy transition.

Secretary Crowfoot is leading efforts to achieve Governor Newsom’s ambitious environmental vision, including a commitment to conserve 30 percent of California’s land and coastal waters by 2030. He oversees billions of dollars of public investment to protect people and natural places from climate change impacts, and has led efforts to navigate California’s record-breaking droughts, floods, and wildfires. Secretary Crowfoot has also initiated a new era of partnerships with California Native American Tribes and is shifting how the agency operates to better support all California residents and communities. Read his full bio

Transforming Our Lands and Ourselves

In conversation with Taylor Pennewell

Paloma Flores

Paloma Flores is a member of the Pit River Tribe of Northern California and P’urhepecha. She is the Director of Community Development & Partnerships for the American Indian Cultural District SF (AICD). Ms. Flores is a champion for American Indian communities supporting the shifting of consciousness through professional development. She is a staunch supporter of developing the next generation of youth leaders. Paloma is a fierce advocate for American Indian voice and representation in the arts, supports curricular development through a racial equity lens, and is passionate about cultural education. Ms. Flores is an artist, a poet, a Peace & Dignity Journeys intercontinental prayer runner, and a dancer.

She began working in the Mission District in 2007 for San Francisco’s American Indian Film Institute, learning first hand what it meant to be a part of legacy work.

Paloma has been featured as a spoken word artist at SPECTRUM 21 for SOCAP Global most notably presenting ‘Visionary Ways take Visionary Action’. She understands the power of words. She works to build meaningful collaborative partnerships and leading community driven initiatives that honor the next 7 generations. Paloma believes, “when the people come together for the people, magic happens”. She is a recognized recipient of the Golden State Warriors Impact Warrior Award of 2022.

Inspiration through Implementation: The State Coastal Conservancy’s Impact

Amy Hutzel

Amy Hutzel is Executive Officer at the State Coastal Conservancy, which works to protect and restore habitats, increase public access and recreation, and plan and implement nature-based climate change adaptation along the California Coast and in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Conservancy’s approximately 80 staff develop and manage multiple state grant programs and have undertaken thousands of projects with state funding. Prior to being appointed EO in November 2021, she served as the Deputy Executive Officer for six years and as the San Francisco Bay Area Program Manager for nine years. She has a bachelor’s degree in urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia.

Seair Lorentz

Born and raised in Petaluma, Seair became Executive Director of the Petaluma River Park Foundation in 2021. She is one of the original founders, visionaries, and volunteer developers of the project to purchase the McNear Peninsula and transform it into a community park. Seair has held multiple marketing and community outreach positions in the Bay Area, including with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Headlands Center for the Arts, Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, and Griffo Distillery. She holds a dual MBA and MA in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University and earned a BA in History from UC Santa Cruz.

Nicole Braddock

Nicole Braddock has led Solano Land Trust for 15 years. During her tenure at Solano Land Trust, she spearheaded the land trust’s efforts to raise over 30 million dollars for conservation, double the staff capacity, and achieve national accreditation. With over 25 years of experience, Nicole is seasoned in non-profit systems, partnerships and collaboration, and raising support and funds for community benefit programs.

Nicole serves on the finance committee TOGETHER Bay Area, the management team for the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the Land Trust Alliance Leadership Council, and the boards of the California Council of Land Trust and the Solano Economic Development Corporation. She is also an alumna of the Center for Whole Communities.

Prior to coming to Solano Land Trust, Nicole supported small businesses and economic development at The Federal Technology Center and promoted farmland conservation and natural area protection with Greenbelt Alliance. Read her full bio here

MCs

José G. González

José G. González is a professional educator with training in the fields of education and conservation. He is the Founder of Latino Outdoors as well as having served as a consultant at large as a Partner at the Avarna Group and through his own consulting. His work focuses on Equity & Inclusion frameworks and practices in the environmental, outdoor, and conservation fields. He is also an illustrator and science communicator. He currently serves as the Equity Officer for East Bay Regional Park District.

He received his B.A. at the University of California, Davis, with teaching coursework at the Bilingual, Multicultural, Education Department at Sacramento State. He received his M.S. at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment. He serves as a board member at Parks CA as well as a Commissioner for the California Boating & Waterways Commission.

He also appreciates a witty pun.

Taylor Pennewell

Taylor Pennewell is a citizen of the Berry Creek Rancheria of Tyme Maidu Indians, located in Butte County, California. She has a Master in Teaching from the University of San Francisco. Taylor is the Founder and Executive Director of Redbud Resource Group, a Native woman-led non profit organization with the mission to help improve the presence of Native voices in education, stewardship, and public health through education, research, and community partnerships. In addition to her roles at Redbud, Taylor currently sits on the California Governors Council for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

José G. González, Taylor Pennewell, and Annie Burke will MC the Conference!

How You Can Help Pass Funding Measures (yes, you!) and Why it Matters

Join us for a workshop to learn how you can help pass funding measures, like local tax measures and a potential state-wide bond measure this fall. Anyone can do it! Different kinds of organizations can play different roles in a successful campaign, and individuals who simply want to get involved can help, too. In this workshop you’ll learn what’s required to pass a funding measure (e.g., Measure AA in 2016, Proposition 68 in 2018). And you’ll learn a relationship-centered approach that you can put into practice for your organization today, or a campaign this fall. Public funding measures benefit all of our organizations directly or indirectly. Come to learn about building relationships with elected officials, partner organizations, and voters, and you’ll leave ready to take action.

Who should attend: Anyone who plays a role in advocating for and/or securing funding for your organization’s programs and projects. Space is limited to 60 people.

Lisa Baldinger

Lisa Baldinger is an advocate for environmental conservation and public policy, with a background in natural resources management and legislative affairs. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Management with a policy focus from Oregon State University. Lisa has been part of the East Bay Reginal Park District’s Government and Legislative Affairs for over seven years, currently serving as a Legislative and Policy Management Analyst. In support of Park District leadership, she played a key role in the coordination and advancement of Measure FF in 2018, a local tax measure which garnered significant community support. In addition to her professional endeavors, Lisa is pursuing a Master of Public Policy from Oregon State University, focusing on environmental policy. She also serves on the Board of TOGETHER Bay Area and in her leisure time, enjoys hiking, traveling, and cooking.

Marc Landgraf

Marc is Assistant General Manager at the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority overseeing Planning, Grants, Real Property, Communications, and Legislative Affairs. He has worked in the land conservation field for 25 years, most recently focusing on helping to shape policy, and building external partnerships, especially with our local, state, and federal elected representatives. Prior to working in conservation, Marc was a Design Engineering Manager at Intel Corporation. Marc enjoys gardening and loves spending time with his family outdoors – hiking, biking and cross-country skiing.

Going Beyond Land Acknowledgements - a mini-training

Do you and your organization want to go beyond land acknowledgements to build alliances with local Native American Tribes and Tribal communities? Join us for an abbreviated version of Redbud Resource Group’s Going Beyond Land Acknowledgement workshop. Learn about strengths and limitations of land acknowledgements, and explore tangible ways to build alliances for the health of our human and non-human communities.

Who should attend: Anyone interested in the topic. Space is limited to 60 people.

Sheridan Noelani Enomoto 

Sheridan Noelani Enomoto is Kanaka Maoli or Native Hawaiian. She holds a BA in Comparative North American Studies from Macalester College and a MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London. Sheridan has a deep commitment to community and public service and for the past eight years, has dedicated herself to the Indigenous-led movement, Run4Salmon, shedding light on the state of California’s watersheds. Currently, as the Going Beyond Land Acknowledgments Resource Specialist at Redbud Resource Group, Sheridan focuses on providing resources and tools that build respectful and effective partnerships with Native communities.

Rose Hammock 

Rose Hammock is a member of the Round Valley Indian Tribes in Mendocino County, located in Northern California. She earned both of her Associate of Art degrees in Early Childhood Education and Social and Behavioral Sciences from the Santa Rosa Junior College. Rose has worked with Native American youth and families for more than 10 years, and currently serves on several advisory boards and committees across Indian Country with a focus on tribal sovereignty and harm reduction work. In addition, Rose is the Community Relations Manager for Redbud Resource Group and Co-Facilitator for their Going Beyond Land Acknowledgements trainings and programming.

We look forward to announcing more speakers soon!

TICKETS

Conference registration opens on March 13! Purchase by April 19 for early bird pricing. Your conference ticket includes access to the virtual kickoff online, the in-person conference at the Fort Mason Center, and one field trip (on either May 9 or 10). 

Step 1

Purchase your tickets through Eventbrite!

For group tickets, please using the following codes at checkout:

  • 5–11 tickets: 10% discount with code SPRING10
  • 12 or more tickets: 15% discount with code SPRING15

Step 2

Once you purchase tickets, you’ll receive a link to a form to complete your attendee information. Each attendee should complete this form to share essential information and sign up for a field trip. The attendee information form gets you into the conference.

TOGETHER Bay Area member tickets

Early bird tickets: $299
Regular tickets: $350

General admission

Early bird tickets: $350
Regular tickets: $399

We welcome all who are interested in attending, and if ticket pricing is a barrier to participation, please reach out Laura Rosenthal, [email protected], for more information about discounted or complimentary tickets.

Be a champion of belonging!

Help support our commitment to inclusion and belonging at the 2024 Conference by purchasing a group of gift tickets for participants for whom the ticket price would otherwise be a barrier to attendance. Sponsorship of gift tickets at full price enables us to cover Conference expenses while also ensuring that everyone who wants to attend, regardless of their ability to pay, can participate. Email Laura Rosenthal, [email protected], to sponsor a group of gift tickets.

FIELD TRIPS

All Conference tickets include access to a field trip on either May 9 or 10, hosted by TOGETHER Bay Area members. 

Thursday, May 9

Evolving Shorelines Project at Bothin Marsh

10:00 am–12:00 pm

Participants interested in tidal wetlands restoration, trail design, sea level rise adaptation, and community-based planning will hear from project managers about this shoreline restoration.

Hosted by Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy & Marin County Parks

Equitable Access to the Health Benefits of Nature:
Audrey Edna Cabin Tour

10:00 am–1:00 pm

This tour of the Audrey Edna Cabin will share an approach to increasing equitable access to the health benefits of spending time in nature.

Hosted by Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST)

Guided Hike: Exploring Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument

11:00 am–2:00 pm

Explore the intersection of conservation, community stewardship, and outdoor recreation and gain insight into the collaborative efforts driving the preservation and accessibility of Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument.

Hosted by Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Stewardship

Co-management of Tolay Lake Regional Park

10:00 am–2:00 pm

On a hike at Tolay Lake, hear from members of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and Sonoma County Regional Parks staff about the journey to work with multiple funders and conservation groups to protect and restore the land.

Hosted by Sonoma County Regional Parks with Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

Parks as Ancestors

12:00–3:00 pm

Inspired by the book and question What Kind of Ancestor Do You Want to Be, explore what it means to be an ancestor, how the places where we work and live are also our ancestors – and how we can learn from their past and present to shape the future.

Hosted by Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Photo credit: Russell Bombon

Friday, May 10

Multi-benefit Restoration
of the Laguna de Santa Rosa

10:00 am–12:00 pm

Learn about the ongoing collaboration that supports a resilient landscape where people can also thrive.

Hosted by Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation and Sonoma Ag + Open Space

Hike at Bohemia Ecological Preserve

10:00 am–2:00 pm

Head out for a short hike around part of this 1,000-acre protected open space preserve to traverse Bohemia’s diverse geology. The preserve is not open to the public, so this is a unique opportunity to experience the landscape through this guided field trip!

Hosted by LandPaths

Rocks Ranch: Working Lands and Wildlife Connectivity

11:00 am–2:00 pm

Rocks Ranch is a key property in the Gabilan to Santa Cruz Mountains Wildlife Linkage and will help meet state and regional wildlife connectivity goals. Learn about the partnerships that are funding the design and permitting of a crossing structure.

Hosted by Land Trust of Santa Cruz County

On Sunday, July 9, Fiesta En El Parque, a family-friendly fiesta featuring Aztec dancing by Calpulli Tonalehqueh, Latin music with DJ Alex Merino, Banda performances, and more. Hosted by Partnership for the Presidio and sponsored by Telemundo/NBC. Part of Presidio Sunday Afternoons Series.
Presidio Tunnel Tops:
Prototyping, Partnerships & Programming

1:00–3:00 pm

On an immersive site tour, meet with key park staff who helped make the project happen and who activate the site with place-based experiences, culturally relevant programming, and partnerships with the local art and science community.

Hosted by Presidio Trust

Workforce Partnerships for Fuel Reduction and Trails

1:00–3:00 pm

Hike to visit fuel reduction and trails construction projects within Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve. Learn about implementing projects with workforce partners to prepare employees for careers in conservation.

Hosted by Civicorps and East Bay Regional Park District

SPONSORS

Sponsor our 2024 Conference and lead the way in supporting regional collaboration. We’re bringing together everyone who works for climate resilience and social equity in the Bay Area and beyond to reconnect and make tangible progress towards meeting essential climate timelines and long-term social systems transformation. The sooner you sign on as a Conference sponsor, the more impact you have—both for your organization and for the region. Sponsorship packages will be announced soon. View sponsorship packages here and email [email protected] to become a sponsor!

Thank you to our sponsors!

REGIONAL SPONSORS

WATERSHED SPONSORS

PARK SPONSORS

TRAIL SPONSORS

CHAMPION OF BELONGING SPONSORS

Champions of Belonging support our commitment to inclusion and belonging at the 2024 Conference by sponsoring tickets to ensure that everyone who wants to attend, regardless of their ability to pay, can participate. To become a Champion of Belonging sponsor, email Laura Rosenthal

EXHIBIT SPONSORS

QUESTIONS?

Please reach out to our conference planning team at [email protected] with questions about the conference. We look forward to connecting with you!

2023 Conference photos thanks to Jen Hale Photography