February 2019
Alumni Events Coming Up!
Happy February to all!  The big news this month is that w e have alumni gatherings planned in three of our hubs over the next several months.  See below for more information, and please consider joining us if you are in the DC area, the Bay Area, or Boston - or, if you have an excuse to go to any of them!  For added incentive, these dinners will be your opportunity to bid Lissa a fond farewell as Executive Director (not as a Fellow, of course - in that capacity, she will continue to be with us).

Washington, DC, Sunday, March 10th, 7-9 pm:  In conjunction with our annual Spring Retreat and Policy Communications training, we will be hosting dinner at Agora, 1527 17th Street, NW.  Double added incentive:  meet the 2018 Fellows!   See our website for more information.  The RSVP deadline has passed, but if you are interested in attending, contact Erin.

S an Francisco, CA, Friday, March 29th, 6-9 pm :  Lissa will be in town to meet with our California-based Fellowship application reviewers, so we'll take this opportunity to host a casual get-together (drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres) at Palomino, 345 Spear Street, San Francisco.  More information and links to RSVP can be found here .

Boston, MA, Friday, May 10th:  Staff and trustees will be in town for our annual board meeting and New England Fellowship interviews, so voila, another opportunity!  We are still working out the location for this event (either dinner or heavy hors d'oeuvres) but interested Fellows, please save the date!

Please contact Erin or Laine with questions about any of the above.  
Fellows at upcoming conferences?

Please let Erin know if you will be attending any of these conferences (or others not on this list) and we will put you in touch with any other Fellows attending!  This is a great way to connect with other Switzer Fellows working in your issue area.

National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program, March 13-15, Washington, DC

Citizen Science Association Conference, March 13-17, Raleigh, NC

Climate Leadership Conference, March 20-22, Baltimore, MD

Association of American Geographers annual meeting, April 3-7, Washington, DC

Othering and Belonging Conference, April 8-10, Oakland, CA (Lissa's going to this one and would love to meet up with any Fellows attending)

American Planning Association conference, April 13-16, San Francisco, CA

4th National Adaptation Forum, April 23-25, 2019, Madison, WI

Check out our 2018 annual report

Our annual report for 2018 has been uploaded to our website and is chock full of great accomplishments by all of you!  It is available here for review or download.  
Conserving southern California's native flora

Nick Jensen, 2018 Fellow, has been working with the California Native Plant Society as a Conservation Analyst with the assistance of a Switzer Leadership Grant.  Nick has completed his first year with CNPS where he is applying his botany expertise to efforts to conserve southern California's unique and critical habitats.

Can genetic engineering save disappearing forests?

Humans have not yet released a genetically engineered plant that is intended to spread and persist in an unmanaged environment.  Biotech trees - genetically engineered or gene-edited - offer the possibility of releasing genetically engineered trees into forests to counter threats to forest health and represent a new frontier in biotechnology, writes Fellow Jason Delborne.

Upcoming Events
Spring Retreat and Policy Communications Training
Saturday, March 9 - Monday, March 11, 2019
Marriott at Metro Center, Washington, DC
For more information

Switzer Fellows Alumni Dinner:  DC
Sunday, March 10, 2019, 7-9 pm
Agora, 1527 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC
For more information

Switzer Fellows Alumni Gathering:  Bay Area
Friday, March 29, 2019, 5-8 pm
Palomino, 345 Spear Street, San Francisco, CA

California Fellowship Selection Interviews
Saturday, May 4, 2019, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Center for Biological Diversity, Oakland, CA

Switzer Fellows Alumni Gathering:  Boston
Friday, May 10, 2019
Boston, MA (exact location TBA)
Save the date!

New England Fellowship Selection Interviews
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Health Effects Institute, Boston, MA

See the Events page of our website for a complete listing of upcoming events.
Fellows in the News
Amanda Beal has been confirmed as the new Commissioner of the State of Maine's Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry! Amanda was most recently the President of Maine Farmland Trust. 

As a reminder, please send your news - on any scale! - to Lauren Hertel, Communications Manager.  We do pick up news on Fellows regularly, but it's good to let us know just in case.
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