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Climate, Justice, and Jobs Summit

Join the effort to build an inclusive pipeline to grow green jobs in the Sacramento Region!

March 30th 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Workforce demands are shifting across our region in response to the climate crisis, policy mandates, and economic drivers

The Climate, Justice, and Jobs Summit, taking place on March 30th from 9 AM – 1 PM, will explore how our region’s response to this critical moment will determine the roadmap for access to quality and clean economy jobs as we move to a low carbon economy. 
Spearheaded by City of Sacramento Councilmember Eric Guerra and Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District Executive Director Dr. Alberto Ayala, this event will include presentations on current climate legislation, justice and inclusion, and workforce development efforts. We will hear from a panel of community members working in clean economy jobs, learn about their pathway, roadblocks, and effective supports. Joining the conversation will be state and regional experts who will discuss the importance of a focused effort on inclusive access to quality jobs in the Sacramento region. 

We will break out for an in-depth discussion in the following sectors:

Climate-Smart Agriculture

Built Environment


During the break-outs, there will be a facilitated panel discussion where speakers and the audience will have an opportunity to address the current assets, future needs, and implementation strategies of each sector. 

As our region recovers from the highest unemployment on record, generating equitable, quality, clean economy jobs can be the low carbon vehicle by which our region recovers and advances into the future of work together.  We hope you can join us for this important discussion!

Summit Agenda

8:30 AM – Networking 

  • Rev. Dr. Charles Dorsey | Owner, The Dorsey Group

9:00 AM – Welcome

  • Evan Schmidt | Summit Emcee and CEO, Valley Vision
  • Councilmember Eric Guerra | District 6, City of Sacramento

9:10 AM – Community Perspective 

  • Moderator – Councilmember Mai Vang | District 8, City of Sacramento 
  • Community membersSonya Montgomery, Carlos Gomez, Abe Francis, Ty Bradford, Terry Jackson, Leo Zarazua, Briseyda Perez, Angie Cha 

9:50 AM – Establishing a Baseline Understanding: Climate, Justice and Jobs

  • Simeon Gant | Executive Director, Green Technical Education & Employment
  • Jennifer Venema | Interim Climate Action Lead, City of Sacramento
  • Monica Hernández | Director of Innovation & Partnerships, Sacramento Area Council of Governments
  • Jenny Lester Moffitt | Undersecretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture
  • Simeon Gant | Executive Director, Green Technical Education & Employment
  • Aida Cardenas | Deputy Director, Equity, Climate and Jobs Branch, California Workforce Development Board
  • Renee John | Regional Organizer / Workforce Project Leader, Valley Vision
  • Roy Kim | Deputy Director of Workforce Development, Sacramento Employment and Training Agency

10:40 AM – State and Regional look at Climate, Justice, and Jobs

  • Kip Lipper | Chief Policy Advisor on Energy and Environment, Office of the CA Senate Pro Tem
  • Luis Sanchez | Executive Director, Community Resource Project

11:10 AM – Break

11:20 AM – Breakout Discussions 

Climate-Smart Agriculture

  • Facilitator – Glenda Humiston | Vice President, Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California
  • Carrie Peterson | Employer Engagement Regional Director, Agriculture, Water, and Environmental Technology, California Community Colleges
  • Jacob Holmes | Director of College and Career Access Pathways, Woodland Community College
  • Sri Sethuratnam | California Farm Academy Director, Center for Land-Based Learning
  • Brenda Ruiz | President, Sacramento Food Policy Council

Built Environment

  • Facilitator – Kacey Lizon | Deputy Executive Director of Planning & Programs, Sacramento Area Council of Governments
  • Kendra Macias Reed | Deputy Director, Franklin Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • Rebekah Casey | Deputy Director, Grid Alternatives
  • Matt Nootenboom | Training Director, Sacramento/Shasta Butte Area Electrical Training Center & Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee
  • Alex Araiza | Manager of Commercial Delivery, SMUD


  • Facilitator – Judy Robinson | Chair, Sacramento Area plug-in EV (PEV) Collaborative
  • Simeon Gant | Executive Director, Green Technical Education & Employment
  • Jose Bodipo-Memba | Director of Sustainable Communities, SMUD
  • Marc Doerfer | Chief Operating Officer, PemMotion
  • Chris Flores | Special Assistant to the GM, Regional Transit

12:20 PM – Breakout Session Report Out and Closing Remarks

  • Councilmember Eric Guerra | District 6, City of Sacramento
  • Dr. Alberto Ayala | Executive Director / Air Pollution Control Officer, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
  • Rev. Dr. Charles Dorsey | Owner, The Dorsey Group

1:00 PM – Adjourn

Questions? More info?  Contact Grace Kaufman at

Thank you to the following sponsors for their generous support and commitment to creating inclusive pipelines and equal access to clean jobs. 

Thank you to all of our promotional partners for helping to spread the word! 

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