5th Annual Environmental Leadership Summit 

October 2021

Our Fifth Annual Environmental Leadership Summit was held October 16, 2021. This year’s Summit was wrapped around “Funding A Sustainable San Diego”.

Once again, for everyone’s safety, the Summit was a virtual event. We hope to gather in person in 2022.

A HUGE THANK YOU to Our Keynote Speaker – Hasan Ikhrata, CEO, San Diego Association of Governments

Thank You to our generous sponsor of the 2021 Environmental Leadership Summit: The San Diego Foundation

Our thanks to all the moderators and presenters. Please support them.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Session 1:

Keith Greer: Environmental Compliance Manager, San Diego Association of Governments

David Mayer: Senior Environmental Scientist, California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Deborah Mosley: Chief Resource Management Division, County of San Diego Department of Parks & Recreation

Bill Tippets:  Southwest Wetlands Interpretive Association     

Ann Van Leer: The Escondido Creek Conservancy

Susan Wynn: Supervisory Fish & Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, San Diego County Division

Session 2 

Andrew Meyer: Director of Conservation, San Diego Audubon; ReWild Coalition

Lucero Sanchez: Community Policy Coordinator, San Diego Coastkeeper

Ally Senturk: Communication & Outreach Manager, San Diego Coastkeeper

Kirstin Skadberg: Environmental Planner, Chollas Creek Coalition; Kirstin Skadberg Consulting

Laura Walsh: California Policy Manager, Surfrider Foundation

Session 3 

Madison Coleman: Climate Action Campaign

Tiffany Eng: Green Zones Program Manager, California Environmental Justice Alliance

Ricardo Flores: Executive Director, LISC- Local Initiatives Support Corporation San Diego

Felipe Murillo: DCCA Program administrator, County of San Diego Department of Housing & Community Development; Innovative Housing Trust Fund           

Stephen Russell: President and CEO, San Diego Housing Federation

Jeff Olson: San Diego Regional Organizer, California Public Banking Alliance & Public Bank San Diego

Session 4

Rick Bates: Research Analyst, Unite HERE Local 30 and San Diego Labor Council

Dave Grubb: Quality of Life Coalition Organizer; Board Member, Environmental Center of San Diego

Laura Hunter: Wildlife Habitat Conservation Coalition; Environmental Center of San Diego          

Maleeka Marsden: Co-Director of Policy, Climate Action Campaign & Chair; San Diego Green New Deal Alliance

Yusef Miller: Co-founder, North County Equity and Justice Coalition

A special thank you to and our behind-the-scenes crew Dave Evans with a little help from our friend Laura Walsh.

Thank you to our photographic artists: Luis Ortega, Alex Ferron, Oriana Poindexter, and Shayna Brody

Creating the future is not a bystander’s sport. It requires all of us doing as much as we can.

  • Engage your elected officials, especially those at SANDAG
  • Join community groups who share your values and work actively with them.
  • Show Up. Attend meetings, share your views, support others who share your values.
  • Educate yourself– Yes, some of these things are complicated, but it isn’t brain surgery.  Anyone can learn, because everyone cares and has a stake in the outcome.
  • Volunteer. For a campaign of your choice this month!
  • Donate to a campaign and an organization of your values each month.