Equitable Future Conference

We will be offering three tracks to present under the umbrella theme:

  • Organizing 
    This track will present information that gives community activists the organizing tools they need to help them focus their efforts working with policy makers efficiently and effectively.
  • Policy
    This track will examine proven policies that lift people out of poverty, moving communities from the current state of Economic Inequality to one of Economic Sustainability for all.
  • Services
    This track will bring community awareness and connections to the many services and avenues available to help those who bear the brunt of poverty today.


Time Event Location Speaker(s)/Panel
 7:30 am-9:00 am Registration   Lobby   
8:00 am-8:30 am  Breakfast  Main Room   
8:15 am-8:30 am  Welcome  Main Room  Nick Caston, Chief Executive Officer of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy
8:30 am-9:30 am  Plenary #1 - Keynote  Main Room 

Angela Hart, Reporter at The Press Democrat

“Local Housing Disparity”

9:30 am-9:45 am  Break     
9:45 am-10:45 am  Breakout #1 

Boardroom A


Woody Hastings, Renewable Energy Implementation Manager for the Center for Climate Protection. 

“Energy Democracy” and how the Community Choice energy movement can help take us there.


Boardroom B


Early Care and Education

Rosemarie Perez, 4Cs of Sonoma County

Alfredo Perez, Exec. Director for First 5 Sonoma County Commission

Services for Early Care and Education


Redwood Grove


Linda Hemenway, Chapter Lead for Sonoma County’s Organizing for Action

“How to Tell Your Personal Story”: the personal story is a powerful tool in Community Organizing. In our deeply polarized country folks often have very different opinions and sometimes dramatically different facts, but for each of us- our personal story is the ultimate truth.  Using your personal story to educate and advocate can be very effective.

 10:45 am-11:00 am Break     
 11:00 am-12:00 pm Breakout #2 

Boardroom A


Boardroom B


Redwood Grove


Karissa Kruse, President Sonoma County Winegrowers

Brian Vaughn, Director Division of Health Policy, Planning, and Evaluation for the Sonoma County Dept. of Health Services

They will discuss the newly relaunched Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation and how it will focus on cross-sector collaboration to tackle important community issues- affordable housing, healthcare, child care, and education- and how the collaborative work will ultimately drive policy change and program design to serve the community in the most impactful way.

Brian Martens, Sonoma State University Professor

“Communication tools for activists, Leadership Influence and Resistance to Change.”

Youth Foster Care Services

Matt Martin, CEO Social Advocates for Youth


 12:00 pm-12:45 pm

Lunch  Main Room   
 12:45 pm-2:00 pm Plenary #2- Panel  Main Room 

Eric Mar, San Francisco Board of Supervisors

Miranda Dietz, UC Berkeley Labor Institute

“How Can Citywide Minimum Wage and Living Wage Ordinances Raise the Wage Floor and Increase Economic Opportunity for Low-Wage Workers?”

2:00 pm-2:15 pm  Break     
2:15 pm-3:45 pm  Breakout #3 

Boardroom A


Andy Schexnaydre, Local Financial Advisor

Philip Beard, GoLocal Cooperative Founding Member

Barbara Fishelson, Local Financial Advisor

“Wall Street Casino Night”

An interactive, game-based event which will use casino items like chips, dice, and cards to explore some of the ways investors are misled and exploited in the capital markets.  Topics will include the manner in which money is created by the Federal Reserve, derivatives, naked short selling and high frequency trading.


Boardroom B


Beth Dadko, Jen Lewis, and Kellie Noe, Sonoma County Dept. of Health Services

“Using a Portrait of Sonoma County to Reduce Economic Inequities”

Presentation includes a broad overview of the Portrait and how to leverage the Portrait report to engage in policy and system change to address economic inequities.  Presentation will touch on Health Action’s work around Universal Access to Quality Preschool.


Redwood Grove


SRJC Students Panel

Kaili Carr, Jodan Panana-Carbajal, Lizzy Sell, and Virginia Kerr, SRJC Student Leaders

These students are involved with the college’s free food pantry, DREAM Center, Undocumented Students Union, Student Government Assembly, and the PEERS Coalition (mental health)

 3:45 pm-4:00 pm Break     
4:00 pm-4:45 pm  Plenary #3- Speaker  Main Room 

Joseph McIntyre, President Ag Innovations

This presentation will look at the data that explains the ‘great divergence’- how American went from a markedly more fair and just income distribution to our current distribution which concentrates income in the hands of the few.

 4:45 pm-5:00 pm Closing  Main Room  Nick Caston, Chief Executive Officer of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy
5:00 pm-6:00 pm  Reception  Redwood Grove