Cary Simmons


Cary Simmons is the Director of Community Strategies at Trust for Public Land. He is the organization’s leading expert on innovative community engagement and partnership models that deliver powerful social outcomes and recently completed a three-year fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focused on community-based participatory research methods.

At TPL, Cary’s team leads our national partnerships and collaborations around creative placemaking, welcoming and belonging, and civic engagement. Cary has worked at the organization for nearly 10 years, previously in a field leadership role in the Northwest, where he developed more than a dozen neighborhood parks and schoolyards across Washington, Montana, and Wyoming.

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Expressions of Belonging
This session will showcase multiple expressions of belonging, illustrating the benefit of belonging being advanced through an array of organizations at different scales and locations. The session will offer a mix of stories, insights, and diverse approaches to advancing belonging. Through story, the Panelists will share how they are actively building for belonging before diving into critical questions that will uplift the throughlines of these unique projects. Participants will gain an understanding of practical expressions of belonging and be inspired to build towards belonging in their...