As Los Angeles County works to solve its persistent housing and homelessness crisis, often overlooked are the more than 15,000 parents, caregivers, and young children struggling with housing insecurity. And yet they face their own unique challenges as they try to navigate a complex system of resources and support.
The LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment and SoCal Grantmakers invite you to join us and an expert panel of leaders as we focus critically needed attention on these families and possible solutions and assistance that will address their needs.
Please join us on Wednesday, April 19th from 10:00 a.m. to noon for this timely discussion about how philanthropy can play a catalytic and irreplaceable role in addressing the county’s housing crisis.
Director, Housing & Economic Opportunity, California Community Foundation
Maria Cabildo leads CCF’s Housing and Economic Opportunity initiatives, including its discretionary grantmaking activities and Program Related Investments. She oversees project management, community engagement, and convening activities related to CCF’s housing and economic opportunity program areas.
Prior to CCF, Cabildo was a Senior Advisor at Advancement Project California (APCA), leading their strategic initiatives, including RACE COUNTS, its racial disparity policy, and data platform. Before APCA, she was a 2019 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University. Cabildo has a long career in public service. She has held positions in the nonprofit, private, and government sectors, including over fifteen years as the CEO of a nonprofit she co-founded. She has served as an appointee on state and local boards, including Los Angeles’ City Planning Commission, LAUSD’s Construction Bond Citizens’ Oversight Committee, and the California Housing Partnership.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from Columbia University, a master’s degree in Urban Planning from UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs, and a Certificate in Advanced Environmental Studies from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
Director of Program Development, The James Irvine Foundation
Rajib Guha joined the Irvine Foundation as Director of Program Development in November 2019. His role includes identifying and assessing new opportunities for impact, building cross-sector relationships and partnerships, and engaging internal and external stakeholders on the design and execution of pilot projects and potential new initiatives. Rajib is currently managing the foundation's Racial Equity Project (which launched in July 2020) as well as the strategy for a new grantmaking initiative focused on statewide policy and systems change. Prior to Irvine, Rajib spent six years at the Monitor Institute by Deloitte, where he served as a strategic advisor to a wide range of grantmakers and nonprofits, including New Profit, United Way of New York City, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, ArtPlace America, and City Year. Rajib began his career as a college counselor at Prep for Prep and a program specialist at the Breakthrough Collaborative. He then joined The Opportunity Network as the organization’s first Director of College Initiatives. Born and raised in Southern California, Rajib holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University, a master’s in education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
President and CEO, Upward Bound House
Christine Mirasy-Glasco leads Upward Bound House (UBH) with over twenty-five years of experience in the field of homelessness. Prior to joining UBH, she was the Chief Programs Officer at PATH where she oversaw programs of four organizations operating temporary shelters, interim housing, service centers, and permanent supportive housing projects. She also served as Chief Executive Officer of Beyond Shelter, a leading provider of housing and services for homeless families. Her nonprofit experience is complemented by many years of leading the Contracts and Grants Management department of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA).
Christine sits on several policy tables including the Continuum of Care (CoC) Board as well as the Race Equity Committee of the Homelessness Policy Research Institute. Christine is also the Co-Chair of the Family Caucus, a subgroup of the Provider Alliance to End Homelessness, an alliance of nonprofit agencies united by a shared commitment to serve the needs of all who experience homelessness and to break the cycle of poverty. She is also the former Co-Chair of the Westside Coalition, an alliance of forty-five organizations, public agencies and faith communities.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Law from the University of Nice, Sophia-Antipolis, Nice, France, a Master’s degree in International and European Law from the University of Paris II – Panthéon-Assas, Paris, France and a Pre-doctorate degree in International Economic Law from the University of Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, France.
Principle Consultant, Watson Consulting Group
Ms. Watson is the principal of Watson Consulting Group. Her firm is deeply engaged with systems change, focusing on the intersection of Child Welfare and housing instability as well as houselessness among the American Indian and Alaskan Native community. Ms. Watson and her team serve as housing consultants for the Center for Strategic Partnerships. Ms. Watson began consulting while serving as the inaugural director of the LASPA Center at Scripps College, a leadership center that prepared young leaders to take on global challenges and advance the role of women in contemporary leadership. Previously, as Downtown Women’s Center’s CEO from 2000 through 2014, Ms. Watson transformed DWC from a small agency serving 300 homeless women annually into a nationally recognized homeless services organization and anchor agency within Los Angeles County serving and housing thousands annually. In her position with the Downtown Women’s Center as well as through prior work with the YWCA, she has developed housing, created workforce development programs, and started three social enterprises. Watson Consulting Group Los Angeles is dedicated to uplifting marginalized communities by providing mission-driven consulting services that support governmental, philanthropic, and nonprofit organizations. WCG maximizes impact through projects that focus on organizational change, leadership development, and systems change work to build a more equitable world.