Building the Environmental Health and Justice Majority

2018 HEFN AM_Raising Voices, Building Power
HEFN members brought field partners to the 2018 Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The meeting explored strategies for broadening engagement and building power for healthier people and places.

Moving Past Petro

Funders concerned about impacts of fracking now are collaborating to support the environmental health of communities in moving beyond the fossil fuel and petrochemical economy.

HEFN Launches 'Making the Case' Program

Making the Case
HEFN is supporting a group of funders in a new 6-month program on integrating equity and grassroots support into environmental health grant making. A February retreat kicks off the 2018 cohort working on “Making the Case" skills and leadership.


Field Partner Darryl Molina Sarmiento, Communities for a Better Environment
December 18, 2018, Cindy Glass
What more – or different – actions can funders and a funder group take to build...
Colorful welcome on brick wall
a HEFN member colleague working on the same issue

Who We Are

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Steering Committee Member
Andrea Bretting joined the Claneil Foundation in 2008, bringing with her many years of experience with local, national and international nonprofits. She began her career in Philadelphia as a community social worker. While liv
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...
Steering Committee Member
Jalonne White-Newsome is senior program officer at The Kresge Foundation, responsible for the Environment Program’s grant portfolio on sustainable water resources management in a changing climate. Jalonne also leads the foundation’s work addressing the intersection of climate change and public...
Steering Committee Member
Jake is a Program Associate within the Energy program at The 11th Hour Project, where he works to reduce the public health and ecological impacts of antiquated energy systems in the US. He holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master of Social Work degree from Boston College.
HEFN Executive Director
Kathy Sessions is HEFN's Executive Director. In 1999 Kathy helped funders create HEFN, and she has worked to build HEFN and environmental health and justice philanthropy ever since.  She oversees HEFN’s programs and services, working closely with staff, funder leaders, and members.
Steering Committee Member
Ogonnaya Dotson Newman is a program officer in the Environment program at The JPB Foundation. JPB’s mission is to advance opportunity in the US through transformational initiatives that empower those living in poverty, enrich and sustain our environment, and enable pioneering medical research.
Steering Committee Member
Amy Panek serves as Senior 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
Ellen Braff-Guajardo, based in Fresno, California, is a Senior Program Officer with the Sierra Health Foundation.

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