Track 1: Advancing Equitable Adaptation

Track 1: Advancing Equitable Adaptation Outcomes Webinar

Monday, October 18 • 2:00-3:30pm

Thanks to the dedication of long-time environmental justice leaders and communities, calls for equitable and inclusive adaptation planning, decision-making, and implementation now reverberate throughout the adaptation community. Their calls are clear: Honor our inherent resilience and lived experiences. Authentically involve frontline communities in decision-making. Work in partnership with communities to dismantle unjust systems. This webinar will highlight key takeaways from the track’s workshop series and case studies featuring equitable adaptation practices that drive systemic change and deliver tangible benefits to historically under-served, under-represented, and under-invested communities.

Track 1 Facilitators

Hoi-Fei Mok

Sustainability Manager | City of San Leandro

Dr. Hoi-Fei Mok (they/them) is the sustainability manager at City of San Leandro, leading the City’s implementation of the Climate Action Plan and other sustainability programs. With a strong interdisciplinary background in environmental science, climate policy, and social justice, Fei aims to build out equitable community-driven strategies for local resilience and agency to climate change in their hometown of San Leandro. Fei currently serves on the California Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) Climate Network, the national NAACP Centering Equity in Building Energy Sector Initiative, the National Adaptation Forum equity advisory committee, and the Bay Area Climate Adaptation Network (BayCAN) equity working group. Fei’s other work includes climate and food justice research; substantial ecological field research in Costa Rica, Tibet, and Australia; and community organizing and art with anti-racist queer trans people of color organizations in Australia and the Bay Area. Fei completed their Ph.D. in Agriculture and Food Systems at the University of Melbourne and a B.A. in Biochemistry from Wellesley College with summa cum laude honors.

Monica Palmeira

Senior Analyst | California Public Utilities Commission

Monica Palmeira was born and raised in Eastern North Carolina as a first-generation American with parents originally from Portugal. Her professional background includes ethnographic research, affordable housing advocacy, climate policy, and community engagement. In her current role as an Analyst at the California Public Utilities Commission, she focuses on implementing the Commission’s Environmental and Social Justice Action Plan across energy, telecommunications, water, wildfire, rail, and safety and enforcement divisions. Monica has also served as Community Assistance Program Manager for the Strategic Growth Council at the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, where she spearheaded various outreach and technical assistance programs to support communities in accessing climate-related funding programs. Additional roles have included Policy & Programs Specialist at California Coalition for Rural Housing and as managing director at the Marian Cheek Jackson Center, a dynamic public history and community organizing center in Chapel Hill, NC. She received a B.A. in International Studies and Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Nick Tipon

Member Graton Rancheria | Point Blue Board of Directors

Nick Tipon is a retired high school teacher and is a current Board member of Point Blue Conservation Science and Fibershed. He is an enrolled member and elder of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. He lectures on a variety of topics related to changes to Native American cultural resources, archaeology, curation of artifacts and the treatment of Native American cultural resources. Among his current interests is investigating the effects of the colonialism and the “contact period” between his ancestors, the Russians, English and Spanish and he is studying the impacts of climate change on sacred Tribal resources and lands from a cultural perspective.

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