Reflections from a Program Officer

HEFN member, Amy Solomon, a trustee of the Jenifer Altman Foundation, reflects on her twelve years at the Bullitt Foundation, on philanthropy, and on moving to the next chapter in her professional life.

Fifteen Forward: HEFN's 2014 Annual Meeting

HEFN will host its 2014 Annual Meeting on October 27-28 at the California Endowment's Los Angeles Conference Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Have Questions About Environmental Health?

HEFN's recently published issue briefs on grantmaking on environmental health and chemicals help answer common questions funders have when looking to improve environmental conditions for people's health.


Photo of Amy Solomon at Torres del Paine
July 7, 2014, Amy Solomon
Recently Amy Solomon stepped away from her program officer position at the Bullitt Foundation. In this blog post, Amy answers questions she'd been asked – or had asked herself – and she shares her reflections on her...
June 16, 2014,
When Groundswell Fund entered the treacherous waters of capacity building around Integrated Voter Engagement (IVE) three years ago, they did so...
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Who We Are

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Steering Committee Member
Vanessa Daniel is Executive Director of the Groundswell Fund.  Vanessa has 18 years of experience working in social justice movements as a union and community organizer, researcher, freelance journalist, and social justice grantmaker.
Kathy Sessions is one of HEFN’s two Directors. In 1999 Kathy helped funders create HEFN, and she has worked to build HEFN and environmental health philanthropy ever since.
Steering Committee Member
Carolyn Fine Friedman is Chair of the Fine Fund. The Fund, created in 1997, supports organizations using complementary strategies to eliminate toxic chemicals from humans and the ecosystem. The Fund gives to organizations that conduct scientific research to detect and publicize the unintended harms...
Steering Committee Member
Ellen Dorsey has 25 years' experience promoting international human rights, particularly economic and social rights, and advocating for environmental justice.
Steering Committee Member
Philip Johnson is a senior officer with the Environment Program at The Heinz Endowments. He currently manages a grants portfolio and community initiatives that focus on environmental systems, ecology and ecosystems, public health and primary prevention, susceptible populations and vulnerable...
Program Manager
Ramtin Arablouei is HEFN's Program Manager. Since joining HEFN in 2007, Ramtin has done a variety of different jobs. He currently works closely with members to facilitate collaboration and learning. Ramtin is the staffer for the HEFN Fracking Working Group and the Catalyst Collaborative.
Steering Committee Member
Amy serves as the Program Officer for the Park Foundation’s Environment Program, with its grant-making focused on ensuring drinking water in the United States is clean, affordable and accessible, and is protected and managed as a public good.  The Foundation supports organizations working...
Steering Committee Member
David Fukuzawa is currently the Program Director-Health with The Kresge Foundation, an independent, private grantmaking organization.
Steering Committee Member
Earl Lui is a program director at The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF), assigned to grantmaking related to environmental health and work and health. His responsibilities include reviewing letters of interest and grant proposals and making funding recommendations related to those health issues.
Karla Fortunato joined HEFN's staff in 2004.  As one of HEFN's two Directors, she organizes HEFN's internal and external resources to meet the organization's mission to maximize the impact of philanthropy on environmental health and environmental justice.  Karla's day-to-day activities include...
Steering Committee Member
Patricia Jenny is Vice President for Grants at The New York Community Trust, New York City’s community foundation, overseeing a $40 million annual program supporting the City’s nonprofits across 20 different issue areas.
Program Assistant
Andrea Levinson joined HEFN as its Program Assistant in July of 2011. She manages HEFN’s membership program, updates and maintains the HEFN website, prepares E-newsletters, assists with meeting program development, schedules conference calls and meetings, provides research support, and performs...

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