2019 Partner Conference Sessions

10:00am Morning Session #1

Option #1 Working with Local Developers: Public-private partnerships are a creative and increasingly common way to fund, build and maintain public spaces, in San Francisco and beyond. Real estate developers, city agencies and communities are typically aligned in their interest in better public space, but often do not know how to communicate and partner with one another in efficient and productive ways. Hear lessons learned from a real-world example of how SFPA staff is engaging with a local real estate developer to create a pioneering new public plaza, Eagle Plaza.

  • Moderator: Mark Bonsignore, Place Lab Program Manager at San Francisco Parks Alliance
  • Speakers:
    • Lex Montiel, Friends of Eagle Plaza, owner of SF Eagle Tavern
    • Lou Vasquez, Managing Director, BUILD Inc

Option #2 Leveraging City Funding to Transform your Community: Join us as we demystify all things city funding and grants! In this session you'll learn about how the city's budget process works, how your group can get funding from city hall and how to submit a strong grant proposal.

  • Moderator: Marissa Alexander, Southwest Area Manager at San Francisco Parks Alliance
  • Speakers:
    • Juan Carlos Cancino, Legislative Aide to Vallie Brown, District 5 Supervisor
    • Tabitha Tapia, Project Manager, Invest In Neighborhoods program at Office of Economic and Workforce Development

11:00am Morning Session #2

Option #1 The ABC's of Urban Greening and Landscape Planning: From assessing your site to planting it, creating a successful urban green space involves many moving parts. Who should you consult? When, where, and what do you plant? How do you design for easier maintenance? Learn some tips and tricks through an interactive panel with local experts on successful landscaping practices and processes.

  • Moderator: Uriel Hernandez, Southeast Area Manager at San Francisco Parks Alliance
  • Speakers:
    • Patricia Algara, Principal Architect BASE Landscape Architecture and Founder, With Honey in the Heart
    • Ildiko Polony, Native Plant Nursery Manager, Literacy for Environmental Justice
    • Javier Padilla Reyes, Environmental Justice & Land Use Analyst, SFPUC

Option #2 Working with Your Community to Build and Sustain Your Project - a Step-by-Step Approach: Panel presentation followed by breakout sessions utilizing toolkits and scenarios to build a strong and sustainable project, whether you are just starting out or working through an ongoing project. Learn from those who have had success in their communities, as they share their best practices and tools for community building and volunteer management

  • Moderator: Bonnie Bergeron, North Area Manager at San Francisco Parks Alliance
  • Speakers:
    • Sophie Constantinou, co-founder of Citizen Film & Project Manager for Bernal Cut Beautification Project
    • Amy Kaeser, Executive Director of Sutro Stewards
    • Mei Ling Hui, Urban Agriculture and Community Gardens Program Manager at San Francisco Recreation and Park Department 

Lunch Keynote Speaker: Phil Ginsburg, General Manager at San Francisco Recreation and Park Department 

1:30pm Afternoon Session

Option #1 Crafting Community: Creating Successful Spaces through Art and Activation: San Francisco's public spaces belong to all of us, but all too often these spaces feel as though they're shaped by forces beyond our control. Making these spaces reflect the character and culture of the surrounding community is the goal of elected officials, community groups and local nonprofits—so how can we accomplish that? Join us for an animated discussion with activists and experts about how you can use art and activity to engage your neighbors to create spaces that truly belong to everyone.

  • Moderator: Luke Spray, Associate Director of San Francisco Parks Alliance's Citywide Public Space Initiative
  • Speakers:
    • Cassie Hoeprich, Project Manager, Office of Economic & Workforce Development
    • Ilana Lipsett, Community Design Strategist
    • Hunter Franks, Artist

Option #2 Storytelling to Inspire Giving: Ignite curiosity about your project through effective storytelling and help create a culture of fundraising in your community. Learn best practices for sharing that will make a difference with your community. You will leave with practical tips for sharing their mission through stories including how to fundraise to build, program and maintain your project.

  • Moderator: Sonia Gonzalez Banks, Director of External Affairs, Development and Membership at San Francisco Parks Alliance
  • Speaker: Elisa Heikkila, Director of Leadership Gifts at San Francisco Botanical Garden

2:30pm Closing Keynote: Walter Hood, Creative Director at Hood Design Studio and professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

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