Mar 6, 2023: CNPS Executive Director Jun Bando

On Mar 6, the South Coast Chapter of the CNPS will host Dr. Jun Bando, executive director of the CNPS. Dr. Bando was hired in September of 2022 and inherits an organization that in recent years significantly expanded its staff and project portfolio to help address the escalating impacts of extreme wildfire, species extinction, sea level rise, and inequitable access to nature while also building positive partnerships with Indigenous communities.

According to CNPS Board President John Hunter, Dr. Bando’s charter will be to “meet this moment by advancing the best available science, community-based programming, and sound, equity-focused policy solutions.”

Dr. Bando’s affinity for for nature started in childhood when she first fell in love with the natural world while exploring the creeks and oak woodlands of the South San Francisco Bay Area. “In the face of global climate and biodiversity crises, CNPS’s mission to save California’s native plants and habitats has never been more relevant,” Dr. Bando said. “I’m thrilled to be joining an amazing team of people working to power the native plant movement through both head and heart.”

Join us to get to know Dr. Bando. She’s looking forward to getting to know you: hearing your questions, stories, and thoughts about what’s most exciting in CNPS’s work.

Dr. Bando is an ecologist with a 20-year career spanning higher education, international diplomacy, and advocacy. Most recently, Dr. Bando served as the Senior Advisor for Strategy and Transformation at the California Council for Science and Technology (CCST). Prior to her work with CCST, Dr. Bando served as a special advisor and diplomat for the U.S. government, a lecturer at San Jose State University and the University of San Francisco, and consultant to the CSU Office of the Chancellor. She earned her PhD in Ecology at the University of California, Davis in 2005.

As usual the meeting starts at 7:30 and is preceded by the SCCNPS board meeting.   Feel free to join around 7:15 to chat informally with each other and the speaker.

notes from tonight’s meeting

See the meeting video on YouTube.
the theme tonight – everyone needs volunteers!
SCCNPS – many opportunities for Earth Day weekend, April 15-16.  Contact Cathy Zyetz for more information or to sign up.
Plant Sale on Sept 30, 2023.  They are hoping to make it an in-person sale.  If you can volunteer to help, contact Geneva Martin.
Opportunities to give:

Also included is estate planning – “Planned Gifts” –

Calscape upgrades are in the work.  Stay tuned.  Should be implemented later this year.
Another opportunity to volunteer – seaside restoration.  Jim Montgomery.
Some information about solar panels
CNPS state office Desert Conservation page:

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