Holistic Adaptation and Equity Approaches that Engage Communities

Webinar Date: 
April 26, 2016


Local, regional, state and national planning and implementation efforts could better use equity approaches that benefit the diverse needs of low-income and the most vulnerable communities. While we plan for the National Adaptation Forum and other forums, how do we better include equity perspectives, strategies and leaders to further advance the climate adaptation field? What are some of the strategies and practices that city planners, community-based organizations, funders and others are doing to build a more diverse and equitable climate adaptation field?


Ryan Chavez, Infrastructure Coordinator, UPROSE, New York.
Ryan Chavez serves as Infrastructure Coordinator at UPROSE, a community-based environmental and social justice organization in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. He manages several local planning, research, and public policy initiatives across such fields as transportation, energy, economic development, and community health. Ryan holds a M.S. in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute.

Shalini Gupta, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy (CEED)
Shalini's work is focused on forging solutions to our environmental crises that are grounded in economic and social history. Shalini has worked with a range of organizations from local grassroots groups to international organizations engaging in the promotion of sound environmental policy and environmental justice. She was a governor appointee to the Minnesota’s Next Generation Energy Board, with prior positions at the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and as the senior energy associate at the IWLA Midwest office. She currently is on the leadership bodies of the national Climate Justice Alliance and the Midwest Environmental Justice Network, working to promote equitable and sustainable policies at the community level and across the country. Shalini is a former Bush Leadership Fellow, holds a B.S. in the geophysical sciences from the University of Chicago and a Masters degree in environmental management from Yale University. She loves spending time with her two boys, going for walks, and cooking. CEED.org.

Garrett Fitzgerald, Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) Strategic Partnerships Advisor
Garrett Fitzgerald supports USDN in strategic planning, organizing collaborative activities, and engaging external partners to help USDN members advance their work. He is based in Washington DC. Garrett previously managed the Sustainable Oakland program from 2008 to 2013 for the City of Oakland, CA, and served as Programs Director for ICLEI USA. He is a board member of STAR Communities and co-chaired development of ICLEI’s Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Protocol. Garrett holds a Master’s degree in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied community sustainability performance management. He also previously served as a consultant to the City of Berkeley's Office of Energy and Sustainability, a renewable energy staff researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and an energy efficiency programs analyst at ICF Consulting. He is a LEED accredited professional and a past Fellow and Leadership Grant Recipient of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation.

Kirsten Schwind, Co-founder and Senior Strategist, Bay Localize
Kirsten holds a B.A. in Economics and Public Policy from Swarthmore College and an M.S. in Natural Resources Management from the University of Michigan. She authored Bay Localize's Community Resilience Toolkit and co-authored Tapping the Potential of Urban Rooftops, which won an award from the American Planning Association's California Chapter. Kirsten is deeply involved in local energy policy and formerly served as the Chair of the City of Berkeley's Energy Commission. At Bay Localize Kirsten convenes the Resilient Communities Initiative (RCI), and takes the lead on Resilient Services workshops and consulting. She also has worked extensively in food systems and international trade policy at other nonprofit groups, including as Program Director at Food First, and once served as shop steward for her union. Kirsten worked for several years in Latin America in human rights and the environment, and is fluent in Spanish.

Shamar A. Bibbins, Program Officer Environment at the Kresge Foundation
Shamar Bibbins serves as a program officer for Environment at The Kresge Foundation, where her grantmaking supports policies and programs that help communities build resilience in the face of climate change. Shamar plays a lead role in managing the Environment Program’s Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity Initiative. That initiative supports community-based nonprofit organizations seeking to influence local and regional climate resilience planning, policy development and implementation while reflecting the priorities and needs of low-income people. She also contributes to the development and implementation of program strategies. “I am guided by a deep passion for social, economic and climate justice for underrepresented communities,” Shamar says. “Supporting place-based innovation and helping build the field of climate resilience is an honor.” Shamar joined Kresge in 2014, bringing a history of engagement in environmental efforts and a commitment to action on climate change. She previously served as the director of national partnerships at Green For All, a national nonprofit dedicated to building a green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. Shamar earned a bachelor’s degree in science, technology and society from Vassar College and received a Fulbright Fellowship to Fukushima University where she conducted research on environmental social movements in Japan. http://kresge.org/programs/environment

Nile K. Malloy, Moderator, Climate Equity Strategist and Consultant
Nile K. Malloy is a Climate Equity Strategist and Consultant who brings over 15 years of economic development, public health, community organizing, philanthropic relationship building, climate change, and environmental justice experience. He has participated as a program committee member for both California and National Adaptation Forums and currently serves on the steering committees of the forums. He is also Senior Manager at the Neighborhood Funders Group leading their Democratizing Development Program. Before joining NFG, Nile worked for eight years as the Northern California Program Director at Communities for a Better Environment managing campaigns and programs on climate adaptation, clean energy, environmental justice, and local economic development projects. Nile has also provided consulting services to philanthropy, non-profits and government entities on community equity-based climate planning and development. He has served on many boards and steering committees including the Oakland Climate Action Coalition, Climate Justice Alliance, Bay Area Resilience Initiative, Bay Area Rapid Transit Title VI Environmental Justice Advisory Committee, Bay Area Air Quality Management District Cumulative Impacts Working Group and Bay Localize. Nile was born and raised in Flint, Michigan and resides in the Los Angeles area with his partner and three children. He holds a BA in African American Studies and Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan, and an MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the California Institute of Integral Studies with a focus on local and global economic development impacts of working class communities of color.