Palo Alto: City Council Candidate Climate Forum

Join 350 Palo Alto, CCL SVN, and our allies on October 6 from 7-8:30 pm as we invite the Palo Alto city council candidates for a vital conversation on municipal climate policy.  

Webinar registration and candidate bios coming soon.

In the meantime, pre-register for the webinar to indicate your viewing preferences (online v potentially in-person) and submit questions you'd like to see the candidates answer. 

Facilitated By: Pastor Smith

Pastor Kaloma Smith is a committed pastor driven to see the church transform the community.  At Greater Centennial Church in Mt. Vernon, he led the young adult, family life, men, and communications ministries.  He also served as Westchester District Chairperson for Young Adults in Christian Ministry, was instrumental in church growth at Foster AME Zion Church, and built vital facilities for Dixon AME Zion Church. While actively involved in ministry, Pastor Smith enjoyed award winning success as the Senior Managing Director of Home Theatre of Long Island.  He now leads the University African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Palo Alto, California.  

Meet the Candidates


Julie Lythcott-Haims

 is an activist, educator, and writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Julie holds degrees from Stanford, Harvard Law, and California College of the Arts. She’s written four books, including an award-winning memoir in prose, and now serves on boards such as the Black Women’s Health Imperative, Narrative Magazine, and California College of the Arts.


Hope Lancero 

is a Senior Scientist and researcher at the Department of Neurosurgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She is a 20 - year resident of Palo Alto and aims to provide a voice to people through the lens of a non-politician.


Lisa Forsell

is a current producer at Apple Design Studios. She was previously on the Utilities Advisory Commission and a manager at Pixar Animation Studies. Lisa has an MBA and MS from the School of Earth for Energy & Environmental Sciences at Stanford University, where she studied electrical vehicle charging on the power grid.