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MobilizeGreen is building the next generation of diverse leaders.  The MobilizeGreen Annual Conference and Diversity Career Fair connects top students and recent graduates with environmental and natural resource management agencies, nonprofits, and companies for internship and networking opportunities.

2017 Agenda


2017 Agenda

March 2, 2017

8:30 AM TO 7:00 PM



8:30 am - 10:00 am


  • Deborah White, Board Member, MobilizeGreen


  • Desley Brooks, City Council Member, Oakland, California 

Morning Keynote



Speaker:  Randy Moore, Pacific Southwest Regional Forester, USDA Forest Service 

Come and hear Randy Moore, Regional Forester for the Pacific Southwest Region of the USDA Forest Service, as he shares life lessons from his journey from Bastrop, Louisiana to the Pacific Coast.  As the Regional Forester, Randy Moore oversees a vast and complex array of natural resources, including 18 National Forests in California, as well as state and private forestry programs in Hawaii and the affiliated Pacific Islands.  The National Forests provide 50 percent of California’s water to 20 million urban and agricultural users.   Moore graduated from Southern University, majoring in agronomy, and began his federal career with the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service in North Dakota. He has held numerous other assignments at the local, regional, and national levels, including acting Associate Deputy Chief of the Forest Service.  



12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Afternoon Keynote

Beyond Buzzwords: Innovation, Inequality, and Imagination in the 21st Century

Speaker:  Dr. Ruha Benjamin, Assistant Professor, Department of African American Studies, Princeton University

Dr. Ruha Benjamin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University, where she specializes in the interdisciplinary study of science, medicine, and biotechnology; race, ethnicity, and gender; health and biopolitics. She is currently working on two new books, Racing Technology examines the relationship between "machine bias" and systemic racism. The Emperor’s New Genes investigates the social, political, and economic underpinnings of human population genomics. Dr. Ruha Benjamin likes to say that she comes from “many Souths” -- including South Central Los Angeles; Conway, South Carolina; Majuro, South Pacific, and Swaziland, Southern Africa -- and that she brings this perspective to her analysis, looking at the world “from its underbelly.”  Dr. Benjamin received her BA in sociology and anthropology from Spelman College, and her MA and PhD in sociology from UC Berkeley; she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA’s Institute for Society and Genetics.


Plenary PANEL

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Environmental Equity in a Changing Climate

As the country faces new environmental challenges, many have questions about how to identify and support future leaders who can drive equitable solutions for under-served populations and communities of color, and who can enhance access to the outdoors for them.  Join us as we discuss how we can prepare and invest in the next generation of diverse environmental leaders.

Panel Moderator:  Desley Brooks, City Council Member, Oakland, California

  • Darlene Flynn, Director of Oakland’s Race & Equity Department
  • Sekita Grant, Environmental Equity Legal Counsel, Greenlining Institute
  • Mike Schmitz, CEO, blue vista
  • Alfredo Gonzales, Assistant Program Specialist, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability


Morning Session

10:15 am - 11:45 pm

  • Track 1 - Pathways to Success:  Developing Your Green Career
    • How to “Green” Your Resume to Standout
    • Networking for Results
  • Track 2 - Creating a Diverse Sustainable Workforce with Millennials
    • The Diversity Inclusion Collaborative Engagement (“D.I.C.E.”) Framework
    • Using Technology to Advance Environmental Equity

Afternoon Session

4:00 pm- 5:30 pm (repeat of morning sessions)



6:00 pm - 7:00 pm -  Oakland City Hall


march 3, 2017

8:30 AM TO 3:00 PM


Career Panel and Career Fair


  • Leah Allen, MobilizeGreen

Green Career Panel

  • Panel Moderator: Lisa Yee-Litzenberg, President, Green Career Advisor
    • Alfredo Gonzalez Valenzuela, Assistant Program Specialist, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

    • Lenny Teh, Program Manager of Service-wide Volunteer Programs, National Park Service

    • Michael Ford, Program Analyst III, Oakland Public Works, Transportation Services Division

    • Viviana Ruiz, Volunteer & Service Specialist, U.S. Forest Service, Region 5

    • Wanda Redic, Senior Recycling Specialist, Oakland Public Works, Environmental Services Division

    • Ana Lucia Garcia Briones, Project Manager, California Water Program, Environmental Defense Fund

Career Fair

  • Employers Exhibit - City Hall

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