Briefing in Review | The EGA 2016 Winter Briefing: Innovations on the Ground


EGA Winter Briefing 2016


With Miami and coastal communities as a frame, funders had the opportunity to explore cross-cutting innovation on the ground at the 2016 Winter Briefing. We were fortunate to have several extraordinary speakers join us on the main stage, including Flint Pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha. Dr. Hanna-Attisha shared her powerful story with funders; she is credited as the vocal public health advocate in Flint who first reported the spike in the number of Flint children with elevated blood-lead levels.

We also had the opportunity to hear remarks from Miami Archibishop Thomas Wenski, a longtime leader on climate change, who gave his faith-based perspective. And Senator Bob Graham was on hand to provide a refreshing dose of humor while discussing the problem of "jolly mangoes", while also harkening to his experience as Governor of Florida, when he launched one of the most extensive environmental protection programs in the state's history.

We also had amazing plenaries - the first of which was led by Cristóbal J. Alex, President of the Latino Victory Project, who moderated a panel on "Confronting Environmental Challenges in Democracy". The Wednesday plenary explored the ways water quality and quantity affects all of our grantmaking, and culminated in an extraordinary beach performance by the National Water Dancers.

Click here to see Cristobal and Mona's powerpoint slides.

We would, again, like to extend a special thanks to the Program Committee, and Co-Chairs Judy Adler and Javier Sotos, for making this such an incredible, rich and memorable briefing. And we look forward to seeing you all at the EGA Fall Retreat, September 25-28 at the beautiful Jackson Lake Lodge in Wyoming!