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Deja Perry

Gathering the East Bay’s Brightest and Boldest

On May 17, 2023, Greenbelt Alliance supporters gathered for our second annual East Bay Happy Hour to envision a climate-resilient Bay Area for all. The event was hosted by Monica Nasif-Kaldani and Michael Nasif, who generously opened up their beautiful home for us to gather. Check out the photos of the event here.

Greenbelt Alliance supporters from all across our network were in attendance. Elected officials, resilience planners, conservationists, and long-time Bay Area residents came together to imagine a more sustainable future. We even got a special opportunity to reminisce about our 65-year history thanks to Bob Solatar, a long-time supporter in attendance wearing a vintage Greenbelt Alliance t-shirt.

You can view more photos of the celebration here.

Our Executive Director, Amanda Brown-Stevens, spoke about our bold plans and vision for Greenbelt Alliance’s next 65 years, highlighting our soon-to-launch Resilience Hotspots Project which has identified the 19 most critical Bay Area regions where we are working with communities to implement nature-based solutions to wildfire, flooding, sea-level rise, and extreme heat events.. East Bay Resilience Manager Victor Flores also came out to underscore why working hard to protect the Bay Area is so personally important to him. 

We even had 2023 Hidden Hero John Steere in attendance! Hidden Heroes of the Greenbelt is an annual benefit that honors the unseen yet dedicated government staff who advance extraordinary work at the intersection of land use and climate change here across the Bay Area. John is our 2023 Nature Based Climate Adaptation Solutions Hidden Hero. Learn more about the event here, and please stay tuned for the release of tickets! We would love to have as many people as possible join us to celebrate John and our other Hidden Heroes atop Salesforce Tower on August 14.

John Steere (right) and Victor Flores (left)

We want to extend our sincere gratitude to our Board member, Joshua Hurwitz, for working with us to ensure that the event was a success. We’re also thankful for the support of several other of our Board members including John Gibbs, Corinne Winter, Heather Wooten, Xiomara Cisneros, and Dee Swanhuyser.

Building a New Coalition

In the coming years, we hope to build an East Bay Leadership Council, a group of supporters who are passionate and dedicated to the mission of Greenbelt Alliance. Gathering our community members at the regional level is a great opportunity to connect like-minded individuals while also advancing our mission of building a climate resilient Bay Area for all. Establishing new regional leadership councils will help us to hone in on the specific needs and concerns of our unique Bay Area communities. We plan to host this event again next year, so if you are interested in being a champion for the East Bay on climate resilience, please reach out to Deja Perry to be added to our invitation list. 

Thank you again to all of our East Bay supporters who made it out for this event; your dedication inspires the work we do every day!

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