Category: Community Advocates Leadership Academy

Kyra Brown: More Than Just a Bench
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Kyra Brown: More Than Just a Bench

Kyra Brown had been working at Youth United for Community Action (YUCA), a social justice and environmental justice organization, when her boss suggested the Community Advocates Leadership Academy (CALA).  “Oh, hey look. Is this something you’re interested in?” she quotes. “I had never heard of CALA, but when I saw the words ‘community advocates,’ I...

Ray Larios: Leading from the Back, For Now
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Ray Larios: Leading from the Back, For Now

Author: David Simon “You don’t just gain knowledge; you gain wisdom,” says Ray Larios of his experience in the 2020 Community Advocates Leadership Academy (CALA) cohort. Before applying to CALA, Ray was getting settled in his role with the Citizens Advisory Committee for Peninsula Clean Energy, and he thought CALA would be a good fit...

Cheryl Weiden: Small but Mighty Steps for Climate Action
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Cheryl Weiden: Small but Mighty Steps for Climate Action

A self-described “worker bee,” Cheryl has a vision for getting across the climate protection finish line through small but mighty local actions. The advocacy skills Cheryl learned through the Leadership Academy in 2017 – including speaking to elected officials, creating coalitions, mentoring others to advocate – have been instrumental in her success so far.

Alexii Sigona: Partnerships for Indigenous Sovereignty
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Alexii Sigona: Partnerships for Indigenous Sovereignty

Through the Leadership Academy, Alexii learned how to connect with local governments and persuade electeds in service of his tribe. He believes that tribal governments could be more influential than they currently are and wants to see them take their power back as legitimate and equal peers to local governments. He envisions a future where indigenous communities lead decision-making that affects the health of their homelands.

Trina Hineser: Lifting Others Into Leadership Roles
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Trina Hineser: Lifting Others Into Leadership Roles

For Trina, the most gratifying part of her work has been facilitating connections that bring people together to find solutions to issues big and small. This is serving her well in her new Executive Director role, working collaboratively with other agencies and organizations like Green Foothills to protect the natural habitats and agricultural lands of Santa Clara County.

Recruiting: 8 changemakers to apply for Leadership Academy
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Recruiting: 8 changemakers to apply for Leadership Academy

Launching in January 2020, the Community Advocates Leadership Academy (CALA) will grow regional leaders to be a strong and effective advocate for the natural environment while making meaningful progress toward diversity, equity, and inclusion in their advocacy and public service. Our goal each year is to form a cohort of 20-25 people who represent the...

Learn. Collaborate. Maximize Your Impact.
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Learn. Collaborate. Maximize Your Impact.

Two weeks ago we announced that we reimagined and reshaped our Community Advocates Leadership Academy. We are pleased to announce that the application period is now open for our 2020 cohort. We encourage you to learn more about this program, apply, and share this announcement with your network. The revised CALA program will bring together and...

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