Public Policy Platform
Please join SCG at an informal lunch discussion for grantmakers to meet post-election and consider the ramifications of the election outcomes on nonprofits and our work. We anticipate a lively discussion and out-of-the-box thinking about new directions for our state, the nonprofit sector and philanthropy.
Senior Program Officer for California Democracy at the James Irvine Foundation Latonya Slack will lead us in a discussion with local thought leaders, including: Kathay Feng, executive director of California Common Cause; Janis Hirohama, president of The League of Women Voters of California; and Jean Ross, executive director of the California Budget Project.
Senior Program Officer for California Democracy, The James Irvine Foundation
Latonya Slack was appointed senior program officer for California Democracy in April 2005. Prior to joining The Foundation, Slack served as executive director of the California Black Women's Health Project, where she created a comprehensive policy advocacy program, a mental health initiative and an advocate training program designed to train lay community members as health policy advocates. Prior to that she worked for the Service Employees International Union, Local 399, engaging community, religious, labor and health organizations on health care issues. Slack serves on the Board of Southern California Grantmakers and holds a B.A. in Biomedical Ethics from Brown University and a J.D. from UCLA.
Executive Director, California Common Cause
Kathay Feng is executive director for California Common Cause, a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to restoring the core values of American democracy, reinventing an open, honest and accountable government that serves the public interest and empowering ordinary people to make their voices heard in the political process. She brings more than 10 years of experience working in the area of election reform. In 2008, she co-authored and played a leadership role in winning the passage of Proposition 11, to reform California’s redistricting process. Feng sits on the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee for the Help America Vote Act and the LA County Human Relations Commission.
Janis R. Hirohama
President, The League of Women Voters of California
Janis R. Hirohama has served as president of The League of Women Voters of California since 2007. She has held leadership positions on the local, state and national levels of the League, including first vice president of the League of Women Voters of the United States. Hirohama is a member of the Fair Political Practices Commission’s Political Reform Act Task Force, and has served on the Board of Directors of EdSource and on the Steering Committee of the California Judicial Council’s Commission on Impartial Courts. She has appeared as a panelist and speaker at numerous public policy forums and events. Hirohama is a graduate of the New York University School of Law and is admitted to the bar in California and New York. She has worked as a litigator in private practice and as an attorney for the court system.
Executive Director, California Budget Project
Jean Ross is the founding executive director of the California Budget Project, a nonprofit organization that engages in independent fiscal and policy analysis and public education with the goal of improving public policies affecting the economic and social well-being of low and middle-income Californians. Her prior professional experience includes serving as principal consultant to the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee; senior consultant to the Assembly Human Services Committee; where she staffed the California Legislature's Joint Select Committee on the Changing Family; and assistant research director of the Service Employees International Union in Washington, DC, where she was responsible for coordinating the union's research on tax, budget and employment policy issues. Ross is a frequent speaker on workforce and fiscal policy issues and has published numerous reports and articles on fiscal and economic policy issues.
Center for Healthy Communities
1000 N. Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Thursday, November 18, 2010
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Who May Attend:
Current SCG members and other grantmakers eligible for SCG membership. For eligibility requirements see http://www.socalgrantmakers.org/membership/join.