Highlight: LA Waterkeeper Making Waves Event: Celebrating 20 Years of Protecting  Los Angeles Waterways

SOS planned and executed LA Waterkeeper’s 20th anniversary event, Making Waves, surpassing the fundraising goal of $250,000 by $80,000.

It’s hard to write about our Making Waves 20th Anniversary celebration and feel like I am doing the event justice.  In short, in raising $330,000 this was easily our most successful event ever! The silent auction tables were overflowing with insanely cool items ranging in value from restaurant gift certificates to international luxury vacations.Over 300 supporters, volunteers, LA Waterkeeper board members and staff, and community leaders all came together to show how much they care about clean water and what LA Waterkeeper does to protect LA’s water.  .  A live call for support far surpassed our goal of $20,000 for 20 years by raising over $30,000. – LA Waterkeeper


Highlight: SOS Organizes Ground-Breaking West Coast Ocean Summit

SOS has led the collaborative effort in developing a West Coast-wide intergovernmental ocean partnership. The first step of building this partnership was the first West Coast Ocean Summit which brought together over 150 participants, including leadership from West Coast Tribes, representatives from the Governors’ offices of California, Oregon and Washington and state and federal agencies. Regional ocean health priorities were shared and regional ocean coordination and collaboration opportunities were discussed.

SOS managed and oversaw all aspects of the Summit, including organizing the collaborative planning team; developing the agenda; conducting communications and outreach; drafting outreach and conference materials including a website and final summit report; coordinating logistics and travel; managing contractors, overseeing budgets and finances, and on-site event management.



Highlight: The Venice Conference: Improving the Capacity to Assess and Adapt to Climate Change in Urban Coastal Regions

SOS’ Kim McIntyre organized this four-day conference held in Venice, Italy as part of the larger Venice Lagoon Sustainability Management Project. The workshop was designed to support the development of a strategic plan for the adaptive management of the Venice Lagoon system in the face of climate change. The Venice Conference brought high-level international experts in climate change adaptation from government agencies, academia and non-profit organizations to both learn from Venice’s experiences and activities, and to provide examples of best practices from around the globe to inform Venetian decision makers in the design of a plan of adaptive management and complementary measures for the Venice system.

She oversaw all aspects of the conference, including:

  • Developing the agenda, meeting and facilitation plan including technical sessions
  • Coordinating program committee and conference partners
  • Creating the guest list, sending invitations and tracking attendance
  • Securing donors for associated events
  • Managing budgets
  • Coordinating all logistics, including international travel arrangements
  • Working and negotiating with vendors (hotels, caterers, conference space)
  • Drafting conference report and all conference materials (posters, presentations, press releases)

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