Join us for the first Corporate Funders Group meeting for 2023. Keeping everyone’s safety in mind, the meeting will be virtual but we hope later in the year to welcome people in person.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has released his proposed budget plan for the 2023-24 fiscal year and the legislature is now taking it into consideration. We invite you to a conversation with the California Budget & Policy Center who has been studying the budget proposals and their impact on our local communities. As the state grapples with a reduction in tax revenues, the budget expenditures will have major implications for how companies do business in California as well as the impact on philanthropic areas our corporate partners support.
This is an excellent opportunity to learn where potential gaps in community support may exist because of the proposed budget and discuss with peers on how to address those gaps. The discussion will center on education, housing/homelessness, health care including behavioral health, and pandemic recovery. We encourage you to invite your colleagues to hear this comprehensive summary of the Governor's proposal. We will also be joined by SCG's Public Policy team to share about their work and policy agenda, and hear from you on how you would like to engage with SCG policy work.
Executive Director, California Budget & Policy Center
<p>Chris Hoene has been the executive director of the California Budget & Policy Center since 2012. He has 20 years of leadership in state and local policy research and analysis, particularly on fiscal policy issues. Prior to joining the Budget Center, Chris was director of the Center for Research and Innovation at the National League of Cities in Washington, D.C. Chris also previously worked for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, D.C. and the Public Policy Institute of California in San Francisco. In 2011, in recognition of his service to the state and local community, Chris was elected as a Fellow to the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Government Finance Research Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Chris is married to Darrene Hackler and, in their free time they can be found traveling, cooking, seeking out good wine, playing tennis, and hiking.</p>
Senior Policy Analyst, California Budget & Policy Center
Jonathan Kaplan, Senior Policy Analyst, conducts research on education and tax policy issues to support the equitable allocation of state resources. Jonathan has authored various studies on educational policy and funding in California, including analyses of how state and federal policies impact public K-12 and postsecondary education and how California’s K-12 school funding compares to that in other states. Jonathan’s work on tax policy includes analyses of California’s corporation tax as well as providing analytical support to help public education advocates understand how tax revenue affects funding for California’s K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities.
Before joining the Budget Center in 2006, Jonathan taught law and United States history for seven years in Martinez, California, where he also served as chair of Alhambra High School's Social Science Department. Jonathan’s classroom experiences working with English learners motivate his interest in policies that promote multilingual educational opportunities. Jonathan holds a master's degree in education from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and received his bachelor's degree in history from Yale University.
Director, Philanthropy California, SCG/Philanthropy CA
<p>Karla Mercado supports SCG's public policy efforts and manages Philanthropy California initiatives.</p>
<p>Prior to SCG, Karla was the director of special events for a public relations firm where she developed and coordinated strategic networking events for local nonprofits, institutions, and corporate clients, with the goal of expanding their community involvement and exposure. She began her work in the nonprofit sector as a case manager for the Los Angeles Chapter of Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters, where she supported and maintained records for youth and their mentors to ensure positive youth and match development. Karla has a B.A. in Sociology from California State University, Los Angeles and an M.P.A. and certificate in Non-Profit Management from the California State University, Northridge.</p>
Manager, Public Policy & Government Relations, SoCal Grantmakers
Emily Michels provides leadership and strategic direction on SCG’s public policy priorities and actions, as well as programmatic and communications planning. She is responsible for developing and maintaining external relationships with partners, members, and elected officials, and plays a key role in executing public policy strategy, as well as cross-team collaboration. She leads the planning of SCG’s annual advocacy trips and serves as the liaison and point of contact for the Public Policy Advisory Committee.
Prior to joining SCG in 2021, Emily worked as the Ethics and Communications Officer for a small technology company, developing internal policies for safe work practices and standards philosophies for efficient workflow. Previously, she worked as a health policy analyst in Denver, CO, conducting legislative research, drafting, lobbying, and analysis with a focus on consumer rights, access to health care, and social determinants of health. She has published research on policy solutions for ethical community-driven public health interventions, fair research practices, narrative ethics, and equitable resource distribution. Emily graduated from Emory University with an M.A. in Bioethics and Colorado College with a B.A. in Bioethics & Public Policy.