Rise Together Opportunity Summit 2018

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Sheraton Sonoma County - Petaluma

745 Baywood Drive

Petaluma, CA 94954

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Rise Together Opportunity Summit 2018

Collaborating to Build a Region that Works for All.

A Strong Start for Every Child.

Affordable Housing for Every Individual.

Quality Employment for All Workers.

  • What will it take to scale up solutions to meet these critical needs for the most vulnerable in our region?

  • How do we align across sectors and geographies to solve these issues?

  • What is working in urban, suburban and rural communities?

  • What's needed?

  • What's next?

Hear from local, state and national experts who are building collaborative and innovative solutions. Connect with colleagues from across the region. Plug in to new opportunities to learn more and take action.

Doors open at 9:30am. Program begins at 10am

Limited partial and full scholarships are available upon request. Please contact Khammany at kmathavongsy@risetogetherbayarea.org for more information.


  • The Current Landscape of Housing, Employment and Education Issues in the Bay Area

  • Innovative Government and Community Collaborations to Ensure Equity

  • How Workforce Development Systems are Shifting to Serve our Most Vulnerable Populations

  • Bright Spots in Employment for Individuals Facing Systemic Barriers

  • Building Political Will to Fund Quality Affordable Early Childhood Education

  • Local innovations in funding Early Childhood Education

  • Uniting the Housing Movement: What Will it Take to Align Housing Advocacy & Scale Solutions?

  • Local Bright Spots in Addressing the Housing Crisis

  • Philanthropic Innovations for Equity, Scale and Results

Speakers (additional speakers added regularly):

  • Margaret Brodkin, Funding the Next Generation

  • Californians for Safety and Justice

  • Oscar Chavez, Sonoma County Human Services Department and Upstream Investments

  • Donald Frazier, Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency

  • Mark Friedman, Thomas J. Long Foundation

  • Pedro Galvani, Non Profit Housing Association

  • Angie Garling, Alameda County Early Childhood Education Program

  • Lynsey Gaudioso, Public Advocates

  • John Gioia, Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors

  • Chris Hoene, California Budget & Policy Center

  • Carla Javits, REDF

  • Melissa Jones, Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative

  • Moira Kenney, First 5 California

  • Jim Mayer, California Forward

  • Dave Metz, FM3 Research

  • Eric McDonnell, Galt Foundation

  • Mariana Moore, Ensuring Opportunity Campaign to End Poverty Contra Costa County

  • Anne Price, Insight Center for Community Economic Development

  • Matt Regan, Bay Area Council Economic Institute

  • Root and Rebound

  • D’Jon P. Scott-Miller, Marin Housing Authority

  • Brian Solomon, USDA Food & Nutrition Service

  • Deborah Thrope, National Housing Law Project

  • Tamisha Walker, Richmond Safe Return Project

  • Pete Weldy, Silicon Valley Community Foundation Early Learning Center

We would like to thank the following Premier Co-Sponsors for their generous support of this event:


Additional Opportunity Summit Co-Sponsors Include:

All-In Alameda County, California Forward, Contra Costa County Ensuring Opportunity Campaign to End Poverty, Funding the Next Generation, Insight Center for Community Economic Development, Napa County Economic Self Sufficiency Committee, Northern California Grantmakers, San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development, Sonoma County Human Services Department, Sonoma County Upstream Investments, Stanford Center on Poverty & Inequality, Step-Up Silicon Valley, Thrive Alliance of Non-Profits for San Mateo County, United Way Bay Area, Urban Strategies Council

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