On June 15, 2023, the Financial Innovation Roundtable took place at the New York Federal Reserve Bank, bringing together experts and leaders to discuss the connections between climate, equity, and the social determinants of health. Hosted by the Center for Impact Finance at the University of New Hampshire and the New York Federal Reserve Bank, the event aimed to find integrated solutions and investments that could alleviate the burdens faced by disadvantaged communities due to the Covid pandemic, racial injustice, and the climate crisis.

Upton said, “Having a Native voice at the table at events of this level is so important for all Native Communities, ensuring Native communities are part of the discussion and solutions.”

The following day, Upton had a seat at the table with finance executives on the frontlines of community engagement, working to combat the many challenges facing minority populations during the African American Alliance of CDFI CEOs -Unapologetically Building Black Equity Conference in Clearwater, FL. Upton was part of a panel that discussed the progress made through collaborative efforts and expressed optimism for the fight for climate justice.

“Overall, the conference provided a platform for collaboration, advocacy, and the exchange of ideas to drive positive change in marginalized and economically vulnerable communities, particularly in the context of climate justice and equitable access to resources,” Upton said.