Philanthropy Now podcast: The Amah Mutsun Land Trust works on land restoration following the CZU Lightning Complex Fires

The Amah Mutsun Land Trust (AMLT) is a grantee of SVCF’s San Mateo and Santa Clara County Wildfire Fund. AMLT President Valentin Lopez and AMLT Interim Executive Director Sara French join SVCF Philanthropy Now podcast to talk about their fire recovery efforts. In conversation with SVCF Family Engagement Managerc Leticia Gonzalez, the episode takes listeners through the past, present and future of the Amah Mutsun people.Valentin and Sara share the Amah Mutsun’s connection with protecting and sustaining the earth. They also highlight AMLT’s work preserving the important ecological knowledge of their people and shed light on how they combine historical native wisdom with modern knowledge to develop and implement powerful environmental strategies.

In SVCF’s Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and we look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.

Sara French Leticia Gonzalez
Sara French, Interim Executive Director of the Amah Mutsun Land Trust.
Valentin Lopez, President of the Amah Mutsun Land Trust,
Leticia Gonzalez, SVCF's Family Engagement Manager for the Center for Early Learning,

What you will learn:

  • The origin of the Amah Mutsun Land Trust (AMLT) in our coastal communities, especially Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties
  • How AMLT creates relationships and platforms to preserve historical lands
  • Processes for re-building trust in community partnerships following historical mistreatment of tribes
  • The impact of the wildfires and AMLT’s approach to recovery and restoration

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