Executive Director Jeremy Madsen discusses how the Greenbelt Alliance encourages responsible development through a mix of education and activism, and through partnerships with business, nonprofit and government leaders.Jeremy Madsen joined Greenbelt Alliance from The San Francisco Foundation, where he helped to launch the Great Communities Collaborative and supported social equity, affordable housing, and smart growth efforts around the Bay Area. He previously held positions as a community organizer and lobbyist on fair trade issues and urban quality of life issues, serving as Field Director for Washington state’s Transportation Choices Coalition and the Washington, DC-based Citizens Trade Campaign.Founded in 1958 as Citizens for Regional Recreation and Parks (CRRP), the Greenbelt Alliance works in partnership with local municipalities, communities and businesses, and has secured protection of more than 1.1 million acres of open space, establish urban growth boundaries around 26 cities and five counties, and endorsed the creation of 60,000 homes within existing urban areas.
Diana Campoamor, President of Hispanics in Philanthropy, discusses the importance of ‘giving’ and the role of philanthropy in leveraging resources to connect Latino communities and organizations with foundations that will help them achieve their goals.
Martha Ryan, Founder & Executive Director of the Homeless Prenatal Program, shares the incredible genesis of the program that has, for more than three decades, connected homeless pregnant women and poor families with resources and opportunities to break the cycle of poverty.
Tara Chklovski, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Iridescent, discusses the organization’s mission to inspire and serve underprivileged girls, children and families and to deliver STEM education through its two programs.
Bruce Ives, Chief Executive Officer of LifeMoves, discusses the mission of the largest provider of homeless shelters and services, focused on developing tailored programs that return the nation’s homeless population back to stable housing and self-sufficiency.
Tess Reynolds, Chief Executive Officer of New Door Ventures, discusses the challenges faced by disconnected youth and the life skills they need to learn in order to become successful contributors to their communities.
Juliana Schirmer, Development Director of the Regional Parks Foundation, discusses the importance of maintaining lands and cultivating outreach programs in order to bring the East Bay parks to the public.
Greg Sroda, Chief Operating Officer of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, discusses the incredible impact of one of the world’s largest foundations dedicated to eradicating HIV/AIDS, and shares the history of his 20+ years of experience in fighting for the cause.