The Community Connections Lunch Hour, a monthly virtual series hosted by Berkeley Lab’s Government and Community Relations Office, provides opportunities for Lab employees to learn how they can support outreach activities in our surrounding communities.

Each month’s session will feature informational talks by GCR staff or partnering organizations focused on current activities, the importance of the work our partners are doing in the community, and how you can help support their missions. These sessions are meant to be interactive, and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the speakers.

Upcoming Events

Join us Thurs, Feb 10th @ noon to hear from Joel Sjostrom, CEO of the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano, about how institutions like the Lab help advance their mission to end hunger and what we as a community can do to stay engaged. Biosciences Area’s Trent Northen will also make brief remarks.

Featured Speakers

Joel Sjostrom, CEO, Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano

Joel joined the Food Bank in December of 2019, just months before the full rise of the pandemic and shelter-in-place orders. He led our team through immediate and significant expansion of staff, facilities and food distribution programs to respond to record food insecurity levels created by COVID-19 and crushing wildfires. Under his leadership, the organization was able to serve more people and provide more food than ever before. Building strong teams and increasing organizational capacity has been a strength in Joel’s leadership experience, and his sights are set on expanding the Food Bank’s ability to serve our neighbors in need well into the future.>> MORE

Trent Northen, Deputy Director, Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology Division

Dr. Northen is a Senior Staff Scientist at Berkeley Lab. Since joining Berkeley Lab in 2008 Dr. Northen has had leadership roles within large DOE funded research programs using mass spectrometry for energy and environmental research including through the Joint BioEnergy Institute and the ENIGMA SFA project. Dr. Northen has also played a pivotal role in organizing the Lab's Food Bank drives. >>MORE

Past Events

January 2022