Join Us to Discuss the Future of the Equity Network!

As a passionate advocate for equity, you’re invited to an important two-part conversation:

Defining the future of the
April 7th and May 1st
Hosted by the Puget Sound Regional Equity Network

Do we agree on the vision & mission for the Equity Network?

What do we want to achieve in the short and longer term?
What kind of strategies will it take to achieve those goals?
What role should the Equity Network play?
What opportunities should the Equity Network pursue?
Who else needs to be part of the Equity Network?
What structure & resources are needed to achieve collective impact?

We invite you to attend and share your perspective.

Monday, April 7, 2014
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
New Holly Gathering Hall
7054 32nd Ave South, Seattle, WA 98118
Thursday, May 1, 2014
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location To Be Announced

Please RSVP now to ensure your place for April 7!

Coffee and lunch will be provided.
The New Holly Gathering Hall has ample parking and is accessible by public transit.
To save your place and/or ask any questions about this event, please contact Wendy Watanabe, or McCaela Daffern of Impact Capital, (206)658-2604 or



2014 Equity Grants

Thirteen community-based organizations received grants through an additional funding round of the Equity Grant Program, made possible by an extension of the HUD regional planning grant that has supported the Growing Transit Communities Partnership.  This was a one-time funding opportunity focusing on providing some resources to community-based organizations to identify next steps to advance community priorities.

  • Capitol Hill Champion
  • Eastside Community Network
  • El Centro de la Raza
  • Eritrean Association Community Center
  • Global to Local
  • Got Green
  • HomeSight, on behalf of Vietnamese Friendship Association, East African Community Services, Somali Community Services of Seattle
  • OneAmerica
  • Para los Ninos
  • Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition/ Rainier Beach Moving Forward
  • Solutions for Humanity, Community, and Environment
  • Tacoma Equity Partners (c/o Tacoma Urban League)

How to Get Involved

Interested in participating more in the Summit but unsure about how? Here are some options for ways to go beyond attendance…

Organize community members to participate in the Summit. Eventbrite - Puget Sound Equity Summit We are asking folks to register by Fri 10/25 to ensure we can accommodate childcare and interpretation needs. Getting more of your community involved is a great way to spark new conversations and ensure more voices are heard on these important issues!
Participate in the Marketplace on Friday night! We envision the Marketplace as a place to facilitate networking, meet and interact with others from our region engaged in equity work and to exchange ideas or promote campaigns. You can host a table to feature posters or displays on issues of equity you have worked on–perhaps multi-issue projects or other programs that can stand alone to serve as a conversation starter. Check out our previous post for more information!
We are also currently recruiting community organizations to participate in the breakout sessions on Saturday, as presenters and moderators. Contact Heidi Hall for more information (206-658-2619,

The Marketplace

As you know, the Puget Sound Equity Summit is drawing near, with only one month to go until the event on Nov 8-9 at the Highline Community College! We have some exciting plans for the Summit, and are hoping to include your amazing work in some of the different Summit happenings.

One piece of the puzzle for the Summit is the informal “Marketplace” which takes place on Friday evening Nov 8 from 5:00pm-6:30pm. (The opening program officially begins at 6:30pm). We envision the Marketplace as a place to facilitate networking, meet and interact with others from our region engaged in equity work and to exchange ideas or promote campaigns.

We’re hoping many of you will participate in the Marketplace by hosting a table to feature posters or displays on issues of equity you have worked on, perhaps multi-issue projects or other programs that can stand alone to serve as a conversation starter.

You can set up at 4:30pm on Friday. You do have to take down displays Friday night because the room will be in use the next day- however, any posters you have can remain on the walls on Saturday.

This is a great chance to promote your work and make much needed and important connections!  For grantees, you may use part of your funds to prepare any materials you might want for the Marketplace. If there are other costs (printing, etc) that you cannot cover, please contact Aileen (information below) and we can see if there are partners that can help mitigate costs. We can provide the tables and chairs.

Please consider participating in the Marketplace! Let me know if you’d like us to save you a space by Monday October 28. 

Contact Information:

Aileen Balahadia, consultant to the Equity Summit

Pre-Summit Convenings

There’s no doubt about it – the Puget Sound is undergoing constant growth and many changes. Yet, how do we ensure that those who have been historically pushed out and left out of prosperity – people of color, low-income families, immigrants, and others – also have an opportunity to strive and thrive? How can we move closer for struggling communities to gain more accessible public transportation, affordable housing, and living wage jobs?

Get PREPARED for the regional summit at smaller gatherings:

  • Livable Snohomish – October 12, 2013 – 9am to 4:30pm – Everett, WA – Contact Kristin Kelly for more details (425-923-8625,
  • Eastside Opportunities for All – October 23, 2013 – 6pm to 8pm – Redmond/Bellevue – Contact Becca Meredith for more details (206-905-6905,
  • Tacoma / Pierce County – October 24, 2013 – 5:30pm to 8:30pm at Bates Technical College – Contact Skye Schell for details (206-905-6891,
  • South King County – October 29, 2013 – SeaTac City Hall, 5:30-8:30 – Contact Skye Schell for details (206-905-6891,, and see more details/register here
  • Seattle – This gathering took place October 3 –  Contact Rebecca Saldana ( for details.

Community Convenings

Community convenings leading up to the Summit will shape the agenda and help frame a broader conversation with policymakers, philanthropy, and other community stakeholders about what equity means for this region. The Summit will provide support for community convenings with funding through the Growing Transit Communities Equity Grant Program.

Community-based organizations can apply for up to $1,200 to convene their community and articulate key priorities and opportunities they wish to move forward and/or highlight at the Summit.

Click below for more information and the application procedures.

Community convenings summit 7-8-13

Equity Summit Planning Committee

Thank you to the Summit sponsors, planning committee, and the numerous partners that shared their work and organized their communities to participate!

The Puget Sound Equity Summit was sponsored by the Sustainable Communities Funders – The Seattle Foundation, Bullitt Foundation, Loom Foundation, Kirkpatrick Family Foundation, Social Venture Partners, Russell Family Foundation; Growing Transit Communities; W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Equity Summit Planning Committee: Heidi Hall (Impact Capital), Sili Savusa (White Center Community Development Association), Rebecca Saldana (Puget Sound Sage), Matias Valenzuela (King County), Miguel Maestas (El Centro de la Raza), Jill Mangaliman (Got Green), Aaron Robertson (The Seattle Foundation), Amy Bates (Solutions for Humanity, Community & Environment), Skye Schell (Forterra), Lupita Ayon (Para los Ninos), Harry Hoffman (Rainier Beach Moving Forward), AJ McClure (King County), Dorian Waller (The Tacoma Urban League), Kristin Kelly (Pilchuck Audobon Society)