Is Fossil Fuel Development Threatening the Great Lakes?

Photo of the Great Lakes - Grass by the Lake
Join this webinar to learn about threats posed by fossil fuel development in the Great Lakes Basin, potential solutions, and how the Great Lakes and health and environment funders can work together to make a difference.

At HEFN's Helm

Pat Jenny
HEFN members step up into leadership. See who's guiding HEFN in 2015.

Is Fast Track Trading Away our Health and Environment?

Stop Fast Track Train
HEFN member, Shorey Myers of the Jenifer Altman Foundation, discusses the ramifications of Fast Track and the trade deals to our health and environment, and what can be done.
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Welcome

President's Budget Request 2016
February 17, 2015, Kathy Sessions
Interested in what the federal government spends on environmental health? Read on to explore relevant line items in President Obama's recent 2016 budget...
January 23, 2015, Andrea Levinson
As we reflect on 2014 and look forward to the year ahead, HEFN is...
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about environmental health and justice issues in communities

Who We Are

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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
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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Steering Committee Member
Philip Johnson is a senior officer with the Environment Program at The Heinz Endowments. He currently manages a grants portfolio and community initiatives that focus on environmental systems, ecology and ecosystems, public health and primary prevention, susceptible populations and vulnerable...
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
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...
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
David Fukuzawa is currently the Program Director-Health with The Kresge Foundation, an independent, private grantmaking organization.
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.
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.
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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
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...
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.

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