Register Today for 2019 HEFN Annual Meeting & 20th Anniversary

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Registration is now open for "The Transformative 2020s: Two Decades of Groundwork for a New Decade of Change," HEFN's 2019 Annual Meeting and 20th anniversary celebration. Come to Fresno, California -- near Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks -- to chart what’s needed to transform communities and phi...

Foundations That Work on Environmental Health

An Inside Philanthropy profile highlights HEFN members' solutions-focused, equity-centered strategies for tackling environmental health and justice problems.

Leadership Transitions

Amy Panek and Jalonne White-Newsome, HEFN's Steering Committee Co-Chairs
HEFN co-chairs Amy Panek and Jalonne White-Newsome invite input and advice for a smooth transition as they share "with gratitude for her remarkably steady hand and presence through the years" that Kathy Sessions will step down as Executive Director in the summer of 2019.


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June 13, 2019, Daniel Cohn and Rebecca Morley
A new Lead Funders Action Network brings together national, regional,...
May 15, 2019, Jeff Wise
What can funders do to fight the “silent pandemic” of negative health impacts from...
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Who We Are

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Steering Committee Member
Ellen Braff-Guajardo, based in Fresno, California, is a Senior Program Officer with the Sierra Health Foundation.
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.
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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
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
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.
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...

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