Past Events

2024 SGC Catalyst Conference

Progress in Place:

From Power Building to Project Implementation

Event Summary

The 2024 SGC Catalyst Conference: Progress in Place: From Power Building to Project Implementation is a transformative event to be held on February 1-2, 2024 at the California Natural Resources Building in Sacramento, California. With historic investment through the Inflation Reduction Act and California’s Climate Budget, this year’s event will build on last year’s efforts to promote community and local capacity, while anticipating challenges associated with project development and implementation.

Frontline leaders, researchers, funders, and government partners currently leading this work will convene to learn from one another, prioritize areas of future focus, advance projects, and celebrate transformation already underway. Sessions will reflect both the urgency to make place-based investments that center and support disinvested communities and the speed at which federal and state funds are being deployed.


Day 1 Theme: Preparing for Project Implementation

Recent years have witnessed unprecedented levels of State and federal funding intended to address worsening climate-related challenges, particularly those facing historically marginalized and disadvantaged communities. Day 1 explores how individuals and organizations can work across the climate investment landscape to support, implement, and maintain projects that generate meaningful and equitable community benefits. Focus areas include:

  • Prioritizing capacity building and technical assistance for project development and implementation to successfully apply for and implement funding for climate resiliency projects.
  • Advancing replicable strategies and sharing resources to access finance and capital investment to advance climate equity.

Day 2 Theme: Sustaining Community Benefits

While historic, the public climate funding available currently is insufficient to meet long-term needs. Day 2 explores what is required to support communities and organizations sustain efforts toward equitable climate resilience now and in the future.

  • Sustaining community benefits across social and physical infrastructure funding, administered under the Biden-Harris Justice40 initiative, the California Climate budget, & beyond
  • Identify actionable, creative strategies to achieve project outcomes within current funding environment and focus.

Session Fact Sheets

Sponsors & Partners

Platinum Sponsor

The James Irvine Foundation

Gold Sponsors

JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Wells Fargo

Silver Sponsors

dimension renewable energy
The California Wellness Foundation

Bronze Sponsors

Accelerator for America
Black & Veatch
elemental excelerator
Lendistry Logo

National Replication Sponsor

Travel Honorarium Partner

ca endowment

Steering Committee

Alex Meeks

Alex Meeks
Director, HR&A Advisors

Arnold Sowell

Arnold (Arnie) Sowell Jr.
Executive Director, NextGen Policy

Ashley Swearengin

Ashley Swearengin
President & Chief Executive Officer, Central Valley Community Foundation

Bernadette Austin

Bernadette Austin
Chief Executive Officer, CivicWell

Everett Sands

Everett Sands
Chief Executive Officer, Lendistry

Jenny Scanlin

Jenny Scanlin
Chief Development Officer, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles

Jessie Buendia

Jessie Buendia, Vice President of Sustainability & Green for All National Director

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Judi Lopez
Managing Director: CEO Office, The California Endowment

Kate White
Kate White
Restorative Communities Leader, Arup
Lil Milagro Henriquez

Lil Milagro Henriquez
Founder and Executive Director, Mycelium Youth Network

Raymond Salas

Raymond Salas
Chief Operating Officer, Paseki Strategies Corporation – Enrolled Citizen, Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians

Sarah McCullough
Sarah Rebolloso McCullough, Ph.D
Associate Director at the Feminist Research Institute and Director of Environmental Justice Leaders Program at UC Davis
Sean Tiedgen

Sean Tiedgen
Executive Director, Shasta Regional Transportation Agency

Trenton Allen

Trenton Allen
Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Capital Advisors, LLC

Zach Lou

Zach Lou
Coalition Director, The California Green New Deal Coalition