August 2019
From our new Executive Director!
Greetings, Fellows!

I have just finished my first month as Executive Director of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation, and I am tremendously grateful for the warm and supportive welcome I have received from the Foundation's staff, trustees, and Fellows. I look forward to getting to know many more of you over the next year. Accordingly, we are planning a series of networking events in the Bay Area in September (see below), Boston in November, Washington DC and Los Angeles in March. Stay tuned for more details, and I hope you will join us! In the meantime, I invite you to connect with me on LinkedIn, where we recently created a new organizational profile for the Switzer Foundation.  I look forward to working with all of you!

Warm regards,

Bay Area Fellows, please join us on September 12th!

Fellows in the Bay Area, we'll be in your neck of the woods for the fall retreat and would love to see as many of you as possible on Thursday evening, September 12th!  

Time:  5 - 7 pm
Location:  Hopscotch, 1915 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland, CA
RSVP link will be available shortly - save the date!

This get-together will replace our traditional invitation for alumni to join us at the fall retreat.  Having all 20 of our current Fellows at NatureBridge for the first time ever has meant a few changes this year as we work out the logistics.  We look forward to working with all of you to develop ideas for alumni get-togethers that can keep our network strong!  In the meantime, we hope you'll come and see us on September 12th in Oakland, and in other 'hubs' as the year goes on.

Upcoming conferences

If any of you will be at either of these conferences, let Erin know!  

Land Trust Alliance Rally, Raleigh, NC - October 17-19, 2019

Jennifer Gaddis:  The Labor of Lunch

By providing a feminist history of the National School Lunch Program, Jennifer Gaddis recasts the humble school lunch as an important and often overlooked form of public care.  Through vivid narration and moral heft, her new book, The Labor of Lunch, offers a stirring call to action and a blueprint for school lunch reforms capable of delivering a healthier, more equitable, caring and sustainable future.
Uncontrolled Chemical Releases: A silent, Growing Threat

Uncontrolled releases of household, industrial and agricultural chemicals during natural disasters pose an underappreciated hazard to humans and ecosystems.  Kimberley Rain Miner lays out what we can do.

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America's agriculture 48 times more toxic now than 25 years ago

A new study co-authored by Kendra Klein shows that the class of insecticides called neonicotinoids poses significant threats to insects, soil and water. In an op-ed with Anna Lappé for The Guardian, Klein writes that the war we are waging against nature with toxic pesticides must end.

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Upcoming Events
Bay Area Fellows Gathering - save the date!
Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 5-7 pm PT
Hopscotch, 1915 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland, CA
RSVP link will be sent soon

We are in the process of planning our networking calls for the coming year.  We invite ideas from Fellows for topics you'd like to see (or organize!).  Please contact Lauren Hertel with your ideas.
Fellows in the News
Ayana Johnson was featured on ESSENCE Magazine's podcast UnBossed talking about her motivations for working on ocean conservation.

Pamela McElwee
was one of the lead authors of the recently released IPCC report on climate change and land use and was quoted widely in the mainstream media on its meaning and implications.

Sarah Myhre
was quoted in Rolling Stone on the implications of climate change for the children and families of the global south.

Candice Kim
was honored by East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice in their 6th annual Fighting for Life Celebration, which recognizes the work of social justice fighters that have been at the forefront with communities demanding an end to environmental racism.

Brett Thelen's work with amphibian crossing in New Hampshire was featured in The Washington Post.

Kimberley Rain Miner's research on chemical pollution risk appeared in The New York Times.

Sarah Sharp's research on patterns of North Atlantic right whale deaths was covered in The Atlantic.

Kristin Pratt Kalaman has joined the team at Resource Innovations.  As their new Program Manager she will be focused on income-qualified energy efficiency programs in northern Illinois in partnership with community action agencies and local electric and gas utilities.
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