Betty Reid Soskin at the 2017 Gala
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An Evening with NatureBridge

Celebrate the Leaders of Tomorrow
Event Type
Signature Event
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May 9, 2019 06:00PM
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Bently Reserve, San Francisco

Join us as we celebrate another year of cultivating the next generation of environmental stewards. We’re proud to again host our 2019 Gala at the LEED-Certified Bently Reserve, one of the greenest buildings in San Francisco. Join us for:

  • Keynote speaker Sophia Danenberg, the first African American and black woman to summit Mount Everest
  • Interactive, hands-on presentations on how NatureBridge programs lead the field of environmental education through science and social and emotional learning
  • Hear from our 2019 Student of the Year
  • A gourmet dinner served in the grand Banking Hall

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Geeta Tate at for more information.

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Guest Speakers

Sophia Danenberg

Sophia Danenberg currently leads the international policy analysis program in environment, health and safety (EH&S) at Boeing. She has summited some of the largest mountains in the world, and was the first African American and black woman to summit Mt. Everest. Sophia also currently serves on the Board of Directors at NatureBridge. She will speak on the importance of establishing pathways and opportunities for all kids to experience and connect with the natural world to inspire monumental and positive change for the Earth and future generations.

Sophia during her Mt. Everest summit.

Kinzie Klein

The 2019 Student of the Year is Southern California New Day Academy student Kinzie Klein, who took part in the Environmental Science program at Yosemite National Park last fall. NatureBridge is thrilled to recognize Kinzie for her remarkable spirit and willingness to accept every challenge as an opportunity for growth. She will speak about the profound experience in Yosemite that provided her with the courage and confidence to face all future endeavors and embrace her role as an environmental steward. Read her full story here.

Kinzie (right) with a friend at NatureBridge in Yosemite.
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Event Chair: Ananda Baron

Honorary Chairs: Linda S. and Neill H. Brownstein



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Bently Reserve
301 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

The Bently Reserve is easily accessible by public transportation. Several parking garages are also available in the area.

Celebrate the Leaders of Tomorrow