2023 Grassroots Convening Panelists

Session 1 – Youth Engagement: Fostering the Next Generation of Environmental Activists 

Youth Engagement Panelists

Andrea Pineda (she/her)
New Voices Are Rising Coordinator at Rose Foundation 

As Youth Coordinator of New Voices Are Rising, Andrea plans and leads the Summer Climate Justice Leadership Academy as well as the school year fellowship. She has been involved with the program since her junior year of high school in 2017!  She is passionate about making learning fun and accessible for everyone, especially when it’s about environmental justice. 

Araceli Moreno (she/her) 
Youth Education Advocate for the Central Valley at Save California Salmon 

She has a BA in Linguistics from UC Davis and master’s in education, Instruction and Curriculum Design, from the University of San Diego. Araceli is Hñähñu and Wixárika, and an advocate for culturally relevant pedagogy in public education and immigration rights. She also volunteers her time with a local grassroots organization as a community organizer working on mutual aid programs, and with immigrants and asylum seeking people.  

Camille T. Hadley
Co-Founder and Executive Director of Little Growers Inc. Brevard County, FL. 

Camille is a highly accomplished community advocate and environmental justice leader. Hailing from Compton, CA, she began her journey by actively working towards the restoration of Compton College’s accreditation while addressing community food insecurity through her Not-For-Profit Organization, Tartar Marketplace. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management with a focus on Marketing from California State University Dominguez Hills. She has made significant contributions to various organizations and committees, including the Leadership Council for Anthropocene Alliance, the South Brevard NAACP Environmental Justice Committee, and the Sierra Club and Women’s Earth Alliance Grassroots Accelerator for Women Environmental Leaders.  

Michelle 
Youth vs Apocalypses 

Michelle is a youth organizer who has been actively working on Enviromental Justice related issues since 2016. Since then she has worked on numerous campaigns such as No Coal in Oakland and CALSTRS work. She is also has spoken at regional and state level hearings to advocate for climate justice and recreuited students as young as 12 to go on these hearings. As of right now, Michelle is working with middle school aged youth to develop a new generation of youth organizers.  

Ted Fang
Founder of the Florence Fang Community Farm 

Florence Fang Community Farm is the largest community farm in San Francisco, and the City’s only USDA-registered farm. Mr. Fang is also President of the San Francisco Farm Bureau and an elected representative for San Francisco on the USDA Urban County for the Bay Area. He is also the first Asian American to serve as editor & publisher of a major daily newspaper, the San Francisco Examiner. He is a founding member of the California Free Press Association, the Asian American Journalists Association and New American Media. 

 Mr. Fang’s community and philanthropic activities include co-founding the Hep B Free campaign and helping to develop the first ever U.S. National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan. Mr. Fang is an alumnus of UC Berkeley and Peking University 

Session 2 – Growing your Impact: Strategies to Attract, Manage, and Integrate Volunteers for Grassroots Organizations 

Volunteer Trainer

Molly McClure (also known as MJ) has been organizing, facilitating political education, and building social justice organizations for 20 years. Molly was first politicized through queer, feminist, and anti-capitalist actions in the 90s in the Pacific Northwest and spent the early 2000s teaching sex education in Philadelphia high schools before moving back home to the SF Bay Area. They spent 14 years working at Causa Justa :: Just Cause, an organization building the power of Black and Latino immigrant communities to fight gentrification and criminalization. At Causa Justa :: Just Cause, MJ developed the volunteer and intern program into a vehicle for hundreds of people to support tenants and migrant justice organizing. Molly is passionate about building movements that can win big and be spaces of connection and joy, loves parenting their two tweens, appreciates dad jokes, and is happiest in the redwoods. 

Session 3 – What to do when my board…? The Ins and Outs of Board Development and Management 

Board Development Panelists  

Evlyn Andrade
Executive Director at EarthCorps 

Evlyn holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley. She most recently served as a Policy Advisor to a San Diego County Board Supervisor. Previously, she was the Development Director at Climate Action Campaign, and prior to that, she was Manager of the Center for Public Health Practice and the Office of Diversity at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. She has volunteered with the Teach in Prison Program and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for youth in the foster care and juvenile justice system. She has been a passionate proponent of social, economic, and environmental justice and has served on various executive boards. 

Dr. Jacquelin Echols
South River Watershed Alliance Board President

With over 13 years as Board President of the South River Watershed Alliance (SRWA), Jackie has a great experience on how to develop, manage and consolidate a Board. Dedicated to restoring the South River’s ecology for both nature and people, SRWA advocates awareness, collective action, and robust river management for cleaner water. Through Jackie’s leadership, SRWA persists in its essential work, surmounting challenges at both organizational and governmental levels, ensuring the safeguarding and revitalization of this River. 

Pam Fujita-Yuhas 

Pam Fujita-Yuhas served as a Foundation Director for the NW Fund for the Environment where she co-managed the operations and grantmaking programs of the foundation for the past 25 years. A former volunteer coordinator of the Puget Sound Funders group, she also served on grant committees of the Social Justice Fund and the Seattle Foundation. An advocate for funder practices that center equity, communication and trust, she joined the Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund Advisory Board in 2021 and continues to learn from and enjoy working with the Rose Foundation community.  

Tom L. Hayashi (He/Him), MS Ed, PhD, ACC, CMC. Chief Capacity Building Officer at Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership

Tom brings over 25 years of professional expertise in designing and facilitating people-centered capacity building outcomes and leading organizations and initiatives to greater impact. His thought leadership publications include Dare to Earn, Social Enterprise Workbook (Nonprofit Solutions) and most recently Leading Agile and Resilient Teams, Coaching Strategies Field Guide to Climb Mountains (FORUM), Institute for Management). Tom also contributes as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Human Resource Management for Bovard College, University of Southern California and founding faculty to the Organizational Development Network’s Global OD Competency Learning Series. 

  

 

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