HEFN Announces New Executive Director

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Ansje is known in the field as a strategic thinker, consensus-builder, and an incredible ambassador. And she shares an inspiring vision for HEFN as it enters its third decade. Welcome Ansje!

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...

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This new campaign is investing in this nimble network’s capacity to mobilize philanthropy for environmental health and justice solutions in the critical years ahead. Join us by contributing.


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July 27, 2019,
In 1999, Michael Lerner at the Jenifer Altman Foundation and his colleagues were concerned that the health of people, wildlife, and ecosystems all were being harmed by toxic pollution, but they saw philanthropy divided by human...
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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
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...
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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
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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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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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Ellen Braff-Guajardo, based in Fresno, California, is a Senior Program Officer with the Sierra Health Foundation.
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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