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Greenbelt Alliance Gala Gathers Local Leaders & Philanthropists Fighting Climate Change

SAN FRANCISCO —On Thursday, October 24, 2019, 225 guests from around the Bay Area gathered for Savor the Greenbelt, the annual fundraising gala of Greenbelt Alliance. The organization’s supporters celebrated Greenbelt Alliance at the world-renowned Fairmont San Francisco.

Bay Area philanthropists, elected officials, and thought leaders were in attendance to honor and support Greenbelt Alliance’s work to preserve open space, safeguard the region’s farms and ranches, and advance smart growth solutions across the region. The event was co-chaired by board member Craig Hartman and Jan O’Brien, along with Dan and Mimi Kingsley. Kate Gordon, Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and Senior Advisor to the Governor on Climate attended and served as the keynote speaker, discussing the economic impacts of climate change on the California economy and how we can reduce risks through adaptation.

For the third straight year, Google recognized the organization’s important work by serving as lead corporate sponsor. Additional support came from influential employers, agencies, and organizations, including City Center Bishop Ranch, SKS Partners, Carmel Partners, Dignity Health, Five Point,  Hanson Bridgett LLP, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Park Merced, Bay Area Rapid Transit, and many more. 

This year marked the fourth annual Greenbelt Alliance Champion Awards, which honor individuals who have made an especially significant contribution to the organization’s mission of holistically addressing land-use issues from land conservation to smart-growth development. The 2019 honoree was Jake Mackenzie, former Chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, longtime Mayor of Rohnert Park, and well-known steward of smart city planning. Mackenzie was honored for championing the organization’s mission: to shape the rules that govern growth, to protect the region’s open spaces, and to ensure that neighborhoods within our cities and towns are amazing places for everyone.

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Craig Hartman & Jan O’Brien  |  Dan & Mimi Kingsley

Honorary Co-Chairs
Patricia Dinner  |  Ellie Phipps Price & Chris Towt  |  Diane B. Wilsey


Lead Sponsors

Local Food Champions

Vineyard Patrons
Carmel Partners  |  Dignity Health   |  FivePoint  |  Hanson Bridgett LLP  |  Park Merced  |  Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Open Space Sponsors
Bay Area Council  |  Bay Area Rapid Transit  |  Boston Properties  |  East Bay Regional Park District  |  HDR Calthorpe  |  James Corner Field Operations  |  Metropolitan Transportation Commission  |  Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District  |  Nossaman LLP  |  Peninsula Open Space Trust  |  Santa Clara Water District  |  Signature Development Group  |  TMG Partners

Neighborhood Supporters
Caltrain  |  Eden Housing  |  HOK  |  L37 Partners  |  MidPen Housing  |  Pfau Long Architecture  |  PulteGroup  |  San Francisco Giants  |  San Mateo County Transit District  |  Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP  |  SOMO Living LLC  |  Sonoma Land Trust  |  SummerHill Homes  |  The Nature Conservancy  |  Webcor  |  Windy Hill Property Ventures

Greenbelt Ambassadors
Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates  |  Nelson/Nygaard  |
Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California  |  Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority


Local Food Champions
Nancy Adler & Arnold Milstein  |  Lynne Deegan-McGraw  |  Elliot Evers  |  Anne Halsted & Wells Whitney  |  Craig Hartman & Jan O’Brien  |  Jeffrey Heller & Lise Jeantet  |  Tom & JaMel Perkins  |  Arthur Rock & Toni Rembe  |  Laney & Pasha Thornton  |  Diane B. Wilsey

Urban Advocate
Linda Jo Fitz

Vineyard Patrons
Andy & Sara Barnes  |  William D. Evers, Jr. & Melinda Ellis Evers  |  Nick Josefowitz

Open Space Sponsors
John & Jean Brennan  |  Tom & Mary Brickley  |  Patricia Dinner  |  Ellie Phipps Price & Chris Towt  |  Laurel Prevetti  |  Michele & Richard Stratton

Neighborhood Supporters
Stefan Bewley  |  Claudine Cheng  |  Jason Fish & Courtney Benoist  |  Robert Lawrence  |  Hollis Lenderking  |  Dan Marks  |  Barbara & Jerry Pierce  |  The Swanhuyser Family  |  Steve Westly  |  Senator Bob Wieckowski & Sue Lemke

Greenbelt Ambassadors
Keith Boswell  |  David Hearth & Lauren Hall  |  Anu Natarajan  |  Effie Westervelt

2019 In-Kind Sponsors

Hafner Vineyards  |  Handley Cellars  |  Jackson Family Wines  |  Kathryn Kennedy  |  Lagunitas Brewing Company  |  Schlein Vineyard  |  Volker Eisele Family Estate

Photos: © Agency Moanalani Jeffrey

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