Field Trips

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. The tour will include stops at three innovative affordable housing projects in Oakland – Tassafaronga Village, California Hotel and Fruitvale Village.


  • Ener Chiu, Associate Director of Real Estate Development, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation
  • Nick Flores, Director of Impact Investing, The CAPROCK Group
  • Christina Garkovich, Chief Development Officer, Project Access Resource Center
  • Zach McRae, Program Associate, The San Francisco Foundation
  • Erin Patch, Chief Operating Officer, The Unity Council
  • Isela Rosales, CAIA, Managing Director, Bridge Investment Group
  • Annabelle Sibthorpe, Resident Services Manager, Project Access Resource Center

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. Tour 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. Stops on this engaging walking tour include Kapor Center for Social Impact, Impact Hub Oakland, Oakstop and Beneficial State Foundation.

  • Cedric Brown, Chief of Community Engagement, Kapor Center for Social Impact
  • David Jackson, Interim CEO, Impact Hub Oakland
  • Trevor Parham, Founder and Director, Oakstop
  • Kat Taylor, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Beneficial State Bank

3) Clean Energy Bike Tour


Organized with California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF)

Danny Kennedy will lead a group exploration of Oakland to visit the convergence of mobility and electricity services globally, which are being disrupted by low cost renewables and new business models. Featuring a ride on Go Bikes, the tour will include stops at the CALCEF Offices, Powerhouse, and Get in And Go Car Share, concluding with a reception at Mosaic to hear CEO Billy Parish share his views on the next phase of renewable energy innovation. The group will stop at Blue Bottle coffee in Jack London Square to refuel along the way.


  • Danny Kennedy, Managing Director, California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF)
  • Emily Kirsch, Founder & CEO, Powerhouse
  • Billy Parish, CEO, Mosaic
  • The GIG Car, GIG Car Share 

3) State of Emergency: Addressing the Homelessness Crisis in Oakland

Organized with California Wellness Foundation and The California Endowment

In major cities across the country the homelessness population is on the rise, leading local governments to declare states of emergency. The problem is especially acute in West Coast cities with booming regional economies and surges in the number of people living on the streets. Cities like Oakland, where the homeless population has jumped 25% in two years, are strategizing how to humanely solve the homelessness crisis. Join us for a discussion about investing in the built environment as a place-based solution to ending homelessness, with a focus on transitional age foster youth and formerly incarcerated people. The tour will take participants to visit leading homelessness advocates, an innovative architecture and real estate development firm, and a local black church with plans to use their land to address the crisis.


  • Sonja Fitz, Director of Development and Marketing, Building Opportunities for Self Sufficiency
  • Kyle Rawlins, Co-Founder and Development Director, Designing Justice + Designing Spaces
  • Pastors Maria and Brondon Reems, Center of Hope Community Church
  • Deanna Van Buren, Founder and Design Director, Designing Justice + Designing Spaces

4) East Bay Tech Innovation Tour

Organized with DBL Partners, California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF), and Ecosystem Integrity Fund


Join us to explore cleantech growth and innovation in the East Bay.  Participants will head up the hill to Lawrence Berkeley National Labs (LBNL) to see the latest thinking and research in cleantech, including a look at LBNL’s FlexLab, the first facility in the world that can evaluate the energy efficiency of major building systems under real-world conditions. We will then take a trip to Richmond, a burgeoning innovation hub, for a reception at SunPower, featuring a tour of their historic building on the waterfront, an anchor of the Richmond innovation community.


  • Geoffrey Eisenberg, Principal, The Ecosystem Integrity Fund
  • Lisa Hagerman, Director of Programs, DBL Partners
  • Tom Starrs, Vice President, Market Strategy and Policy, SunPower
  • Alicia Yeh, Executive Director for Biosciences, Berkeley Lab Foundation