Pre-Conference Events Tuesday, March 13th, 12:00 - 4:00 PM
1) Disrupting Displacement: Affordable Housing in the Bay Area
Organized by The Caprock Group and San Francisco Foundation
Steeply rising housing costs in the Bay Area are putting historic pressure on low-income residents to relocate from their communities. More than 60% of low-income households in the region are experiencing or at risk of displacement. How can impact investors promote development without displacement? Join us for an interactive affordable housing tour and learn how both non-profit and for-profit housing developers are using blended capital models to develop housing for low-income residents.
2) Exploring Oakland’s Cultural Hubs: Art, Tech and Entrepreneurship
Organized with Kapor Center for Social Impact and Beneficial State Foundation
Join us for a walking tour of downtown Oakland and explore the city’s vibrant cultural scene. Visit three dynamic community hubs that are driving social change in the region. Learn about how local leaders are promoting an equitable tech ecosystem, see social entrepreneurship at work and experience Oakland’s flourishing art scene.
3) Clean Energy Bike Tour
Organized with California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF)
Danny Kennedy will lead a group around Oakland to explore the convergence of mobility and electricity services globally, which are being disrupted by low cost renewables and new business models. The tour will include stops at the CALCEF Offices, Powerhouse, and other innovative business in the area, concluding with a stop at Mosaic to hear from Billy Parish on his views on the next phase of renewable energy innovation.
- Danny Kennedy, Managing Director, California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF)
- Billy Parish, CEO, Mosaic
3) Building Healthy Communities: Addressing Homelessness in the East Bay
Organized with California Wellness Foundation and The California Endowment
Please join us for an exploration and deep discussion about one of the East Bay's toughest and most critical problems – homelessness. This engaging tour will feature leaders working at the front lines of the issue, as well as strategic discussion about how impact investors can build long-term solutions to this mounting national problem.
4) East Bay Tech Innovation Tour
Organized with DBL Partners, California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF), and Ecosystem Integrity Fund
Join us as we explore cleantech innovation in the East Bay. Participants will tour Lawrence Berkeley National Labs (LBNL) to see the latest thinking and research in cleantech, including a look at LBNL’s Cyclotron Road accelerator! The group will then take a trip to Richmond, a burgeoning innovation hub to visit Sunpower’s office, located in a historic building on the waterfront. The outing will show participants cleantech at varying stages of development, and help share a better understanding of how to scale solutions.
- Geoffrey Eisenberg, Principal, The Ecosystem Integrity Fund
- Lisa Hagerman, Director of Programs, DBL Partners
- Tom Stars, Vice President, Market Strategy and Policy, Sunpower