Deja Perry

Deja Perry

Building a South Bay Coalition

On November 10, we were delighted to gather supporters in the South Bay and see many new faces for a cozy happy hour to discuss pressing climate and housing issues throughout the Bay Area! Our hosts Nanci Caldwell and Chip Adams generously opened their home and gave us the opportunity to mingle in their beautifully restored barn from the American Revolution. Check out the photos of the gathering.

Our guests came from all across the South Bay to learn more about how they can get involved in climate advocacy at the regional level. This event also welcomed many new supporters of Greenbelt Alliance.

Executive Director Amanda Brown-Stevens spoke about Greenbelt Alliance’s long history of working with local communities around the region to protect and steward lands. She also discussed how important it is to preserve the natural wonder of the South Bay, while also working to ensure that we adapt to housing demand growth in equitable and sustainable ways. In an informal Q&A session with the audience, Amanda explained the top three ways local residents can get involved:

  1. Showing up at the local level to do policy advocacy (the Resilience Playbook is a great tool to reference if you’re new to advocacy).
  2. Getting your network and social circle involved in supporting local efforts. Note, we can tailor specific recommendations based on the policy needs of your community, and connect you to the right people to get involved and make a difference. Reach out to our South Bay Resilience Manager, Jordan Grimes ( for more information.
  3. Supporting Greenbelt Alliance directly to make sure this critical work gets done. Donate today or visit our Ways to Give page to learn more.

We are grateful to have had such an engaged and thoughtful audience, and we are excited to continue working to deepen our connections throughout the South Bay and entire region. We extend our sincere gratitude to our Board member Lynne Deegan-Mcgraw for co-hosting the event and working with us to ensure its success. We’re also incredibly thankful for the support of Board members Laurel Prevetti and Joshua Hurwitz.

Looking Forward

In the coming years, we hope to build a South Bay Leadership Council full of supporters who are passionate and dedicated to the mission of Greenbelt Alliance. Gathering our supporters at the regional level is an excellent 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 South Bay on climate resilience, please reach out to Nora Cullinen ( to be added to our invitation list.

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