New Leadership Energy

Images of Kathryn Gilje and Shorey Myers
In 2016 Kathryn Gilje and Shorey Myers begin service on HEFN's Steering Committee, bringing deep commitment and creative energy into the network's funder leadership.

A Lot Can Happen in a Year

Catch up on highlights of our busy year in philanthropy, aimed at powering up major moves towards environmental health and justice.

Everyone Deserves Clean Water

Flint Water Plant & Dr Attisha
Flint, Michigan's story reveals a lot about holes in the environmental health safety net. It also is spurring lots of action to make everyday living healthier.
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January 28, 2016, Kathy Sessions
Clean drinking water is a health essential, but too often not people’s reality. This post explores what the unfolding story in Flint Michigan is revealing about...
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January 13, 2016, Kathy Sessions
This post reviews highlights of HEFN's largely behind-the-scenes work in philanthropy in 2015, aimed at powering up a dynamic field that’s...
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Steering Committee Member
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 li
Director
Kathy Sessions is one of HEFN’s two Directors. In 1999 Kathy helped funders create HEFN, and she has worked to build HEFN and environmental health philanthropy ever since.
Steering Committee Member
Carolyn Fine Friedman is Chair of the Fine Fund. The Fund, created in 1997, supports organizations using complementary strategies to eliminate toxic chemicals from humans and the ecosystem. The Fund gives to organizations that conduct scientific research to detect and publicize the unintended harms...
Steering Committee Member
Patricia Jenny is Vice President for Grants at The New York Community Trust, New York City’s community foundation, overseeing a $40 million annual program supporting the City’s nonprofits across 20 different issue areas.
Steering Committee Member
Vanessa Daniel is Executive Director of the Groundswell Fund.  Vanessa has 18 years of experience working in social justice movements as a union and community organizer, researcher, freelance journalist, and social justice grantmaker.
Steering Committee Member
David Fukuzawa is currently the Program Director-Health with The Kresge Foundation, an independent, private grantmaking organization.
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Steering Committee Member
Shenyu Belsky is program director for the Southern China portion of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s Pivotal Place program, where her work focuses on environment and health, energy and climate, and community leadership.
Steering Committee Member
Earl Lui is a program director at The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF), assigned to grantmaking related to environmental health and work and health. His responsibilities include reviewing letters of interest and grant proposals and making funding recommendations related to those health issues.
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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Steering Committee Member
Philip Johnson is Program Director for Science and Environment at The Heinz Endowments. He directs the foundation’s environmental stewardship grantmaking and research work focusing on air and water quality and environmental impacts on human health.
Director
Karla Fortunato joined HEFN's staff in 2004.  As one of HEFN's two Directors, Karla's day-to-day activities include managing HEFN's finances, operations, member engagement and collaboration, and special projects.       
Steering Committee Member
Amy Panek serves as the 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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