Dear ClimatePlan Family, As you may already know, our former Executive Director - Chanell Fletcher - recently took on a new role as Deputy Executive Officer of Environmental Justice at the California Air Resources Board. We thank Chanell for her service at ClimatePlan and wish her all the best in her new role. At this pivotal moment for ClimatePlan, the ClimatePlan Team and Advisory Board are currently working together to make the leadership transition as smooth and seamless as possible. During the transition, Joshua Stark will be serving as the Project Lead for ClimatePlan and will be managing all administrative duties for the organization. ClimatePlan staff will continue carrying out our Strategic Direction and can be reached at the contact information below: Nailah Pope-Harden - State Policy Manager - policy-related matters (i.e. policy workgroup, state legislation). Nailah can be reached at [email protected] Amy Hartman - Network Engagement Manager - communications-related matters and Central Valley-focused work. Amy can be reached at [email protected] Nicole Cheng - Americorps Civic Spark Climate Fellow - water and land use policy in the San Francisco Bay Area. Nicole can be reached at [email protected] We are grateful to all the folks in the ClimatePlan network - partners at non-profit organizations, state, regional, and government agencies - for all of your support and partnership during this time, and we’ll be sure to be in touch with any updates on the transition. We look forward to continuing to bring about a more just, sustainable, and equitable California with you in 2021. Sincerely, The ClimatePlan Team and Advisory Boardread more“You can’t drive transformative change without talking about race.” - Tamika Butler, Keynote Address at Listening Sessions 2021 In late January 2021, we held our annual Listening Sessions in a half-day virtual summit over Zoom. 65+ ClimatePlan network partners, including the ClimatePlan Advisory Board and representatives from CalTrans, CalSta, and CARB, all joined and provided their thoughts and input on what we’re working towards in 2021. Background and Goals Long-time ClimatePlanners know that in the past we have held an annual retreat where the ClimatePlan Advisory Board and Staff come together to set the agenda and work plan for the coming year. Last year, however, in addition to hearing from our Advisory Board, the ClimatePlan team decided we wanted to get a more local and regional perspective across the state from our network partners. We travelled to seven different regions of the state and held day-long meetings and happy hours with our local and regional partners. But this year - due to COVID - we moved everything online and we’re so grateful to all of our partners that attended and provided such invaluable feedback.read more
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