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South Sound Gathering

September 29, 8:30 am5:15 pm

Forterra, South Sound 2020

What does the future hold for the South Sound?

Join Forterra on September 29 for a series of discussions on community and conservation work in the South Sound. Learn about work happening now and new opportunities for the year ahead.

Hold time on your calendar for a free virtual coffee talk, panel discussion, and happy hour. Pick and choose an event, or join us for the full program!

Coffee & Conversation: South Sound Land Conservation + Stewardship
8:30 – 9:15 am

  • How is land conservation moving forward in South Sound during these challenging times? Join Forterra’s conservation team for an update on recent successes and new projects. Bring a hot mug and engage in a conversation with others who have a shared interest in this work.

Panel Discussion: Envisioning The Future Together: Community, Land, and Voices in South Sound

9:30 – 10:30 am

  • The future well-being of our region depends on many critical needs, including community resources and healthy ecosystems. What inspiring new work is happening now in South Sound, and how can conservation work be more centered on community needs? Join us for a dynamic panel discussion with South Sound’s emerging leaders.

Amber Hayward, Forterra

Amber Hayward is a Puyallup, Salish, African American woman who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Native American Studies from The Evergreen State College. She lives on the Puyallup Tribal reservation with her three children and has worked for her people for over 15 years. Her time includes working for the Puyallup Tribal Historic Preservation Department, and she presently holds the title of Program Director in the Language Program. It brings her much joy to serve the Puyallup Tribal Community through txʷəlšucid use, material production, song, dance, storytelling, and many other community events.

Emily Pinckney, Forterra

Emily Pinckney (she/her) grew up along the Salish Sea in Tacoma. She attended Humboldt State University and Duke University and graduated with a degree in Marine Biology and Conservation. Her experience as an underrepresented scientist led her to advocate for environmental justice and equity principles and educate underserved communities on how to navigate around systemic barriers. As the Youth Volunteer Coordinator and a DEIJ specialist with Point Defiance Zoo, she serves on the Washington State Environmental Justice Task Force, Sustainable Tacoma Commission, and the Tacoma Urban League Young Professionals. When not engaged in policy and science directly, she choreographs intersectional environmental dances.

Tamar Jackson, Forterra

Tamar Jackson, Director of Community Engagement for WorkForce Central, was born and raised in Tacoma and has a passion to make Tacoma the best place to live. He strives to spur change that community leaders are seeking and help meet community needs addressing challenges that come with changing demographics, different points of view, and workplace fairness to exceed the needs of clients, service providers, and stakeholders. With a strong sense of collaboration, Tamar instinctively brings teams together utilizing an individual’s strengths. His motivational approach to problem-solving turns challenges into opportunities.


Happy Hour: Hilltop and Forterra
4:30 – 5:15 pm

  • Join Forterra and our partners for an update on our joint efforts to build community-driven co-op homes and business space in the heart of Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood. BYO favorite beverage—and your questions, too. We’ll have small breakout sessions so we can talk and connect with one another on a more personal level.

Interested in sponsoring this event?

Review South Sound Gathering 2020 sponsorship opportunities and contact Senior Corporate Relations Manager Rafael Saucedo at rsaucedo@forterra.org or (206) 507-1048.

Login details are shared via email on the day of the event.


September 29
8:30 am – 5:15 pm


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