Fatima Angeles is the executive director of the Levi Strauss Foundation, which invests in organizations and causes pioneering social change in the areas of worker rights and well-being, democracy, reproductive justice, and immigrant rights. Before joining LSF, Fatima was vice president of programs at The California Wellness Foundation where she provided executive leadership and strategic vision for the foundation’s programs in grantmaking and program-related investments. Fatima held other positions at Cal Wellness including director of evaluation and learning, program director and program officer. Before joining Cal Wellness, she was a program associate at the Hasbro Children’s Foundation in New York City. Fatima’s other philanthropic experience includes work with The Commonwealth Fund and the corporate philanthropy program of Pfizer Inc. Fatima has experience working with youth in San Francisco, where she served as director of the South of Market Teen Center and project coordinator for Asian American Communities Against AIDS. Fatima currently serves on the boards of directors for John Muir Health, CARESTAR Foundation, Confluence Philanthropy and the Sisters of St. Joseph Healthcare Foundation. Previously, Fatima served on the boards of Grantmakers In Health and Northern California Grantmakers. Fatima served as chair of the board of the Asian and Pacific Islander Health Forum and as a board member of the Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center and of Funders Concerned About AIDS. Fatima earned her master’s degree in public health from Columbia University and her bachelor’s degree in integrative biology, with a minor in Asian American Studies, from the University of California, Berkeley.
Professor and Director, UC Santa Cruz Institute for Social Transformation
Dr. Chris Benner is the Dorothy E. Everett Chair in Global Information and Social Entrepreneurship, and a Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He currently directs the Everett Program for Technology and Social Change and the Institute for Social Transformation. His research examines the relationships between technological change, regional development, and the structure of economic opportunity, focusing on regional labor markets and the transformation of work and employment. His applied policy work centers on social and economic dimensions of technological change, workforce development policy, the structure, dynamics and evaluation of workforce intermediaries, and strategies for promoting regional equity. He has authored or co-authored seven books, including most recently Solidarity Economics (2021), with Manuel Pastor, which invites us to imagine and create a new sort of solidarity economics – an approach grounded in our instincts for connection and community – and in so doing, actually build a more robust, sustainable, and equitable economy. He received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley.
Sarah Bowles Carter
Vice President, Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co
Sarah Bowles Carter is the Vice President, Global Philanthropy with JPMorgan Chase where she is responsible for the firm’s philanthropic strategy and grantmaking efforts in Southern California. In this role, she partners with nonprofit organizations with demonstrated success in one of the firm’s four focus areas: jobs and skills, small business expansion, financial health and neighborhood development, all aimed at expanding inclusive economic opportunity. Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Sarah served as the Project Manager for Special Initiatives with the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC). In this role, Sarah was responsible for the development, implementation, and oversight of high-profile strategic initiatives to combat homelessness within the City of San Diego. Before moving to San Diego, Sarah worked for several years in New York City at the Robin Hood Foundation and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Her work has focused on launching and managing large-scale initiatives that rely on public-private partnerships and collaboration across a variety of sectors.
Sarah received her BA in Sociology from Occidental College and her MS in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from the New School University. Sarah serves on the Advisory Board for the San Diego affiliate of the Local Initiatives Support Coalition (LISC San Diego). In addition, she is JPMorgan Chase’s representative on the Orange County Grantmakers and the Inland Empire’s Funders Alliance.
Originally from San Diego, Sarah still lives in the area with her husband, six-month old daughter, Charlotte, and their rambunctious English bulldog puppy, Tater Tot.
Program Officer Disability Inclusion Fund, Borealis Philanthropy
Nikki Brown-Booker is the Program Officer for the Disability Inclusion Fund at Borealis Philanthropy. As a person with a disability and a biracial woman, she has devoted her work to advancing rights at the intersection of disability justice and racial justice. The daughter of a domestic worker who immigrated from the Philippines and a professional chef and a long-term SEIU member, Nikki was taught from a young age that justice is a human right. Nikki was the Executive Director for Easy Does It Emergency Services, a nonprofit that provides emergency services for people with disabilities and seniors in Berkeley, California. She has a master’s degree in clinical psychology, and is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Nikki continues to organize with Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network, and helped pass the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.
President & CEO, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation
Stephen Cheung is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) and its subsidiary, the World Trade Center Los Angeles (WTCLA). As CEO of the LAEDC, Mr. Cheung brings together the capabilities of LAEDC’s mission-delivery department areas, including the Institute for Applied Economics (Research), Business Assistance, Industry Cluster Development, Workforce Development, World Trade Center Los Angeles (International), Strategic Relations, Communications & Marketing, and Public Policy, into a single team that delivers the LAEDC’s critically important, public-benefit mission—reinventing Prior to joining LAEDC and WTCLA, Cheung was the Secretary General and Managing Director of International Trade and Foreign Affairs for Los Angeles Mayors Eric Garcetti and Antonio Villaraigosa and was responsible for managing policies and programs related to the Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports, International Affairs, Global Trade and Clean Technology. Cheung currently sits on the Board of Advisors of UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs, UCLA Extension, Coro Southern California and Sister Cities of Los Angeles, while also serving on the Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board.
Chief Programs & Operations Officer, The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation
Jacqueline Chun has dedicated over 20 years to the non-profit sector, seeking to make positive changes that improve the health and well-being of all, especially those who have been historically disadvantaged and underserved. Jacqueline has held positions in the philanthropic and non-profit sectors and is currently the Chief Programs & Operations Officer at The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation. She is responsible for managing the Foundation’s strategic grantmaking and daily operations. Jacqueline regularly participates in strategic public private partnership committees, all of which strive to advance healthier communities, achieve equitable access to education, housing, and services, and promote community-driven solutions. She currently sits on the Boards of Grand Performances, the LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment, and Partners for Children South LA. Jacqueline lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son, and puppy.
Mike de la Rocha
CEO & Co-Founder, Revolve Impact
Mike de la Rocha is one of the most effective change makers of our generation with over two decades of experience as an organizer, strategist, and artist. As co-founder and CEO of Revolve Impact, a movement-driven creative impact agency, he is behind several of the largest policy victories and cultural shifts in America. Mike’s impact portfolio includes serving as Director of Strategic Partnerships for Californians for Safety and Justice, Senior Legislative Deputy for former Los Angeles City Council Member (and current U.S. Congressman) Tony Cárdenas, and Policy Advisor for the Los Angeles Human Relations Commission. In 2020, alongside Emmy-nominated actor Richard Cabral, Mike launched Tepito Coffee, one of the fastest growing Latinx owned and operated coffee companies in the United States. Mike's work in utilizing music and culture for social change spans four continents where he has worked alongside notable cultural icons such as Harry Belafonte, Dolores Huerta, and John Legend. He is one of GOOD Magazine's top 100 people changing the world, recipient of the AFL- CIO's Justice, Peace and Freedom Award, and a top innovator in America, as listed by Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Good Works Executive Director, Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Anne Ellegood has been the Good Works Executive Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA) since September 2019. Prior to that, she was the Senior Curator at the Hammer Museum for ten years, where in addition to organizing exhibitions and building the collection, she oversaw the Hammer Projects series and the Public Engagement program. She has also held curatorial posts at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden in Washington DC and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City. In 2021, she co-curated the group exhibition Witch Hunt with Connie Butler, Chief Curator at the Hammer Museum, presented at both institutions. At the Hammer, she organized Made in L.A. 2018 (co-curated with Erin Christovale); Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World (2017; traveled to the Walker Art Center, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Remai Modern in Saskatoon); and Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology (2014; co-curated with Johanna Burton); as well as numerous other solo exhibitions, including those with Diana Al-Hadid, Kevin Beasley, Shannon Ebner, Latifa Echakhch, Charles Gaines, Friedrich Kunath, Yunhee Min, John Outterbridge, Tschabalala Self, Frances Upritchard, and Lily van der Stokker. Ellegood serves on the Board of Directors of the non-profit arts organization JOAN in Los Angeles and on advisory committees for the Center for Art, Research, and Alliances (CARA) in New York City and Protocinema in New York City and Istanbul. Ellegood received her MA in Curatorial Practice from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and was a 2020 Fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership.
Chief Executive Officer, Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation
Shawn Escoffery is the Chief Executive Officer of the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation where he leads a small team and a family board committed to social justice and advancing equitable practices in philanthropy. RPDFF invest in innovative solutions and community leaders to build a more just and sustainable world in which all people thrive. Shawn manages a $6-8 million annual grantmaking budget and an endowment approaching $150 million. Since joining the Foundation 2018, Shawn has led the organization through a strategy refinement process, created a fellowship for someone who is formerly incarcerated, and launched an Impact Investing portfolio with a 10% carve-out of the endowment. The Foundation now focuses on Criminal Justice Reform, Environmental Justice, and Affordable Housing Preservation with a trust-based approach centered in place and that emphasizes lasting partnerships as well as capacity building. Shawn leads an impact-investing program primarily focused on investing with a racial and gender equity lens while seeking to use capital to support first time fund managers and challenge “risk” perceptions.
Prior to joining RPDFF Shawn Escoffery directed the Strong Local Economics program at the Surdna Foundation – a nationally focused family foundation with over $1 billion dollars in assets. In this role, Shawn worked to support the development of robust and sustainable economies that include a wide range of businesses, equitable economic policy and access to quality jobs. With an annual budget of $9.2 million, the program aims to create opportunities for upward economic mobility among communities that have experienced historical barriers to opportunity, including low-income people, communities of color, women, and immigrants.
Shawn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English Literature from Rutgers University and a Master’s of City Planning from MIT. He also holds certificates from Carenegie Mellon, UPENN and Duke University.
Vice President of Program Implementation, The James Irvine Foundation
Charles Sidney Fields joined the Irvine Foundation in 2016 as the Chief of Staff and Planning and was named Vice President of Program Implementation in June 2019. He has more than a decade of leadership experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, funding and supporting social change organizations to achieve greater impact.
He previously served as a Senior Program Manager for The California Endowment. There he was responsible for strategy development, grantmaking, and leadership activities in Southern California. He also co-developed and managed Sons & Brothers, the Endowment’s $50 million grantmaking and leadership program focused on improving the health, wellness, and opportunity of boys and young men of color. During his tenure there, he co-developed a $260 million public-private loan fund, the FreshWorks Fund, to increase access to healthy foods and spur economic development in underserved communities in California.
Prior to the Endowment, Charles was a grantmaker at the Marguerite Casey Foundation, managing an $8 million portfolio of grants focused on community economic development, civic engagement, educational equity, violence prevention, and family support.
Charles was also an Initiative Coordinator and Neighborhood and Community Development Fellow at the San Francisco Foundation, where he provided day-to-day management of the West Oakland Initiative. Other positions of note include Social Action and Policy Coordinator for The National Community Building Network in Oakland; Empowerment Zone Coordinator for the Transportation Resource Information Project in Cincinnati, Ohio; and Organizer and Economic Development Specialist for Welcome House (Northern Kentucky Welfare Reform Task Force) in Covington, Kentucky.
Charles currently serves as a board member of the Edward W. Hazen Foundation and was awarded a German Marshall Memorial Fellowship to Europe.
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President, Economic Security Project
Natalie Foster is author of the forthcoming book The Guarantee and is the President and co-founder of the Economic Security Project, an ideas advocacy organization that builds economic power for all Americans. She’s a senior fellow at the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative, and former director at Obama’s Organizing for America, MoveOn.org and Sierra Club. She is based in Oakland.
Rodney is an executive, entrepreneur, and investor with deep and diverse networks across economic development, impact investing, philanthropy, and venture capital. He’s advised, founded, operated, and funded multiple entrepreneurial endeavors and is currently Co-Founder of Worthmore, an impact investing, strategic advisory, and venture development firm that works to build opportunity, ownership, and wealth for diverse communities and stakeholders.
Most recently, Rodney served as CEO of Common Future, a nonprofit social enterprise with a bold vision: Building a future where all people—no matter their race and class—have power, choice, and ownership over the economy. Under his leadership, Common Future developed a new brand identity, grew its net assets from $1.5M to nearly $25M, quadrupled the size of its staff and budget, acquired two organizations, and launched an impact investment vehicle.
Rodney’s writing has appeared in publications such as Boston Review, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Impact Alpha, Nonprofit Quarterly, and Stanford Social Innovation Review. He authored the essays “The Need for Black Rage in Philanthropy” and “Wealth Inequality and the Fallacies of Impact Investing.”
A Ford Global Fellow and Skoll Awardee for Social Innovation, Rodney serves on the boards of Nonprofit Finance Fund, Race Forward, Rhia Ventures, RockHealth.org, and SOCAP Global.
Executive Director, The Fund for Santa Barbara
Eder Gaona-Macedo is the Executive Director for the Fund for Santa Barbara, a non-traditional community foundation that supports organizations and groups working for progressive social change in Santa Barbara County.
Gaona-Macedo is former Senior Officer for Community-Engaged Research at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. In his role, Gaona-Macedo engaged young people in participatory action research that focused on civic engagement and social justice.
Prior, Gaona-Macedo served as the executive director of Future Leaders of America (FLA), an organization that provides leadership training and educational experiences to Latinx youths in California. During his tenure, FLA addressed education and health disparities through youth-led grassroots organizing efforts that include “A-Gs for All”. Under his leadership, FLA went from becoming a small-nonprofit with a budget of $150k to one of California’s largest Latino-led youth-serving organization with a budget of $2Million.
In 2018, Gaona-Macedo cofounded the 805 UndocuFund to provide disaster relief to undocumented residents in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. In 2020, under his leadership, the 805 UndocuFund raised and distributed over $6.1 Million dollars to over 4,500 undocumented families affected by the COVID19 pandemic.
Gaona-Macedo is an alum of UCLA, where he received his BA in Chicano/a Studies and Political Science, and Columbia. University, where he earned his MPA in public administration. He sits on the board of the Santa Barbara Education Foundation and the Fund for Santa Barbara. Eder lives in Santa Maria, CA with his wife, Gloria, and his two puppies Pequitas and Chikis.
Director, Program & Policy Development, United Ways of California
Henry Gascon is the Director, Program and Policy Development at United Ways of California. In this role, Mr. Gascon leads policy research and analysis, engagement work with local United Ways, communication strategies and assists with various organizational operations. He is a co-author of The Real Cost Measure in California which introduces a self-sufficiency standard that conveys the real cost of living in California and promotes the Human Development Index, which discusses well-being in health, education and financial stability.
Previously, Mr. Gascon was a Policy Analyst at Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority and the Director of NPower Los Angeles, a social service organization that provided technology education services for the Southern California nonprofit sector. He holds Bachelor degrees in History and International Relations from Holy Names University in Oakland, California and a Master’s in Public Administration specializing in policy analysis from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University.
Ana Luz Gonzalez-Vasquez
Project Director, UCLA Labor Center
Dr. Gonzalez-Vasquez has 17 years of experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation projects. In 2010, she co-authored a ground-breaking report on the prevalence of wage theft and workplace violations among low-wage workers in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago. She also co-authored the first comprehensive study on transportation network companies in Los Angeles. At the Labor Center, she is leading the expansion of the Labor Center’s workforce development area of work, with a focus on building a high road economy and prosperity for all through research, education, evaluation, and coalition and movement building. Dr. Gonzalez-Vasquez connects the Labor Center’s work to statewide systemic change initiatives making the workforce development system more accessible and easy to navigate for worker organizations serving marginalized communities in California. Recently, she co-led the development and implementation of the HRTP initiative in California, and has co-produced documents on the HRTP framework and model. Prior to joining the Labor Center, Dr. Gonzalez-Vasquez was the Project Coordinator of the UC Irvine Community and Labor Project. At UCI, she conducted a wage theft study on low-wage workers in Orange County and was a lecturer at the Law School. Dr. Gonzalez-Vasquez earned a dual B.A. in Economics and Social Science with a specialization in Public and Community Service and a minor in Spanish from UCI. She earned her Master’s and Ph.D. in Urban Planning from UCLA.
President & CEO, Pacific Community Ventures
Bulbul Gupta, MPP is President & CEO of Pacific Community Ventures, where she previously served as a Board member, coming in to support our first Good Jobs strategy. Bulbul is a mission-driven leader, passionate about making markets and technology work for social equity, and the future of workers. Her 20 years of experience in funding and advising entrepreneurs, advancing quality jobs, and growing the field of impact investing for equity and inclusion has led PCV to double their community investing and business advising portfolios empowering small business entrepreneurs across the country, and re-committed our mission to addressing racial wealth gaps through a good jobs agenda. Bulbul also serves as a Lecturer in Impact Investing at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and in 2021 was named one of the Most Influential Women in the Bay Area by the SF Business Times.
She recently served as an outside policy advisor to the Biden-Harris campaign on small business, racial equity, and good job creation; and was an Entrepreneurship Policy Advisor to the Clinton Campaign in 2016. She also formerly led Entrepreneurship & Impact Investing at the Clinton Global Initiative, where she led their revised impact metrics effort, and alignment with the launch of the SDGs, including on building out indicators and targets for Decent Work and Jobs – a top priority for President Clinton. She served on the Board of Upaya Social Ventures,an impact fund investing in bottom-of-the-pyramid entrepreneurs in India, to create dignified good jobs for the ultra-poor. She led private sector partnerships at The Asia Foundation, coordinated strategy and budget for fragile states economic recovery, and public-private partnerships at USAID. Bulbul has served on MacArthur Foundation’s Place-Based Investing and the Global Social Good/G8 Impact Investing task forces, advised the Open Road Alliance family office,and helped launch the White House National Advisory Board on Impact Investing in 2013.
Executive Director, ORALE: Organizing Rooted in Abolition Liberation and Empowerment
Gaby Hernandez (she/her) serves as the Executive Director for ORALE Organizing Rooted in Abolition Liberation and Empowerment. Gaby was born and lived in Mexico City until she was twelve years old and moved to Oceanside, CA where she grew up before moving to Long Beach eight years ago. Her life experiences as an undocumented woman have fueled her passion and commitment for social justice and immigrant rights. She’s an abolitionist who believes in the importance of people power and grassroots organizing in order to make real systemic change. Gaby received her Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a minor in International Studies from California State University, Long Beach.
Artist, Bloco Obini
Bloco Obini, all Queens drum ensemble. Bloco (block or group) Obini (Yoruba word meaning Women, queens)
Bloco Obini represents the enpowerment of not only women, but an entire generation. By using the drum as a spiritual weapon, to heal, educate, uplift, and serve the community, and abroad. “In a fractured world, we need culture to survive, and thrive. Bloco Obini understands the power of the spirit of the drum "Ayan Agalu”, and its healing affects on communities and people, especially kids dealing with trauma in under privilege and under served schools. Bloco Obini sets to serve the people by providing the drum medicine, and raising awareness, to the many issue plaguing our societies. Children are the beginnings of all things, therefore have infinite possibilities, choices, and hope. We are a drum ensemble made up of, educators, nurses, dance instructors, political activist, students, mothers, and healers. All whom dedicate their lives to defend culture. Using art to speak on the times. Bloco Obini performs, Afro Brazilian bloco style drumming, with uplifting songs affirming that we are all royalty, and come from Kings, and Queens. Bloco Obini is a family. We are civilization’s anchor. We are the compass for humanity’s conscience.
President and CEO, Sierra Health Foundation
Chet P. Hewitt is President and CEO of Sierra Health Foundation and its nonprofit intermediary, The Center at Sierra Health Foundation. Since beginning his tenure at the Foundation, Chet has worked with his board of directors to develop and launch a bold collective impact strategy focused on promoting health equity and social justice in underserved communities to improve the well-being of children, youth and families. Recognized for his strategic thinking and his willingness to take thoughtful risk, Chet has received national attention for his emphasis on making the Foundation’s partnerships with local communities and public and private funders the centerpiece of the organization’s strategy for change.
Prior to joining Sierra Health Foundation, Chet held several senior positions including Director of Alameda County’s Social Services Agency, Associate Director for the Rockefeller Foundation in New York, and Director of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice in San Francisco.
Chet has received numerous awards for his service to children and families, including the 2017 Terrance Keenan Leadership in Health Philanthropy Award, the Grantland Johnson Intergovernmental Leadership Award, Congressman Robert T. Matsui Community Service Award, and the Sylvia Siegel Consumer Champion Award. Chet is an Annie E. Casey Children and Families Leadership Fellow, and serves on several boards including Roberts Enterprise Development Fund, Public Policy Institute of California, Advance Peace and CalNonprofits.
Program Director of the Disability Inclusion Fund, Borealis Philanthropy
Sandy Ho is the program director of the Disability Inclusion Fund at Borealis Philanthropy. Prior to her role in philanthropy, Sandy was a disability policy researcher at the Community Living Policy Center at Brandeis University. In 2022 Sandy received a Disability Futures Fellowship supported by Ford Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She is the co-partner in the Access is Love campaign that she leads with Alice Wong and Mia Mingus. Her essay Canfei to Canji: The Freedom of Being Loud is included in the anthology Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century edited by Alice Wong. In 2015 Sandy was recognized at the White House as a “Champion of Change.” She comes to disability community organizing and activism by way of youth mentoring for young women with disabilities. In 2016 Sandy founded the Disability & Intersectionality Summit, a national biennial conference that is organized by disabled activists and highlights the lived-experiences of marginalized BIPOC disabled people. She identifies as a disabled queer Asian American woman, and is an obnoxious Red Sox fan. As the director of the Disability Inclusion Fund at Borealis, Sandy leads a grantmaking strategy in general operating, rapid response, and capacity building resources to U.S. based disabled-led organizations across the country. She received her Master in Public Policy from Brandeis University in 2023. In 2023 Sandy joined the inaugural Obama Foundation Leaders USA program. You can follow her on twitter @NotYourAvgHo101.
President, Equal Justice Society
Lisa Holder is President of the Equal Justice Society, the Oakland, Calif.-based nonprofit transforming the nation’s consciousness on race through law, social science, and the arts. Lisa succeeded Eva Paterson who retired on August 31, 2022.
Lisa has been part of EJS’s legal team in 2016 as Of Counsel. She served as Interim Legal Director from November 2018 through April 2019. In these various roles, she has been an invaluable part of our litigation and advocacy to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline and to bring race equity in the workplace and workforce.
In May 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Lisa to serve on the first-of-its-kind Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans, formed by the Governor’s signing of AB 3121, authored by then-Assemblymember Shirley Weber. The bill established the nine-member task force to educate the public about slavery and its history and pernicious aftereffects in California and make recommendations on how the state could provide reparations. This Summer, the Task Force released a stunning 500-page interim report that surveys the history of anti-black discrimination in America and serves as the scholarly underpinning for the reparations legislation.
Lisa has been a nationally recognized, award-winning trial attorney since 2000, and has developed expertise in cases involving employment discrimination, police misconduct, and international human rights violations. She was named by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star from 2005-2008.
Lisa is also a recognized racial justice scholar and equity consultant. She is a UCLA Law Lecturer and previously taught their Civil Rights Clinic. As an adjunct professor at Occidental College, she created the curriculum for a class on the prison industrial complex. Lisa also serves as a legislative consultant on institutional bias elimination.
Program Manager, The California Endowment
William Ing is a senior program manager at The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation. His work on the Endowment’s Los Angeles regional team focuses on justice reinvestment, advancing a community-defined vision of healing, justice and safety that is focused on redirecting resources from punishment to prevention. He also serves on the Steering Committee of the California Criminal Justice Funders Group. Prior to joining the Endowment, he held various positions in the nonprofit sector and California state government, including Special Assistant to the Secretary at the California Health and Human Services Agency, Program Specialist and Manager of Grants and Field Outreach at the state’s AmeriCorps commission (CaliforniaVolunteers), and grantwriter and special events coordinator at Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies in San Francisco and Oakland. He holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Claremont McKenna College.
Artist, Artivist Entertainment
Maya Jupiter is a Mexican/Turkish Hip Hop Artist from Sydney, Australia. Her songs reflect upon activism, feminism and motherhood and has released two albums produced by Grammy award winning Quetzal Flores.
Maya co-founded Artivist Entertainment to support artists whose works promote positive social transformation and facilitates song writing workshops for underserved youth and community.
Maya produced and presented for national TV and Radio on Australia’s triple j network and Channel [V].
Now raising a family in Los Angeles, she is currently working on an EP produced by Georgia Ann Muldrow and a collaboration with Tongva/Chumash artist Jessa Calderon as well as mentoring young artists through Music Forward’s Open Mic program.
President, Krupp Family Foundation
Liana Krupp (she/her) is the President of the Krupp Family Foundation and the Phillip & Bernice Krupp Foundation for Jewish Life. Her work focuses on building economic, political and cultural power for people and communities who are most directly affected by systems of oppression. Krupp actively organizes with other funders to challenge the status quo of philanthropy. While her work has been historically based in Boston, MA, Krupp is actively seeking opportunities in the Los Angeles area where democracy, grassroots organizing, community building, and art intersect.
Outside of her work, Krupp is deeply engaged in the arts, serving as a supporter, steward and advocate for socially engaged visual and performative work across North America. Krupp lives between Los Angeles and the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts with her husband and daughter. She serves on the boards of Keshet, Philanthropy MA, Bend the Arc, and Ballroom Marfa, and actively supports several arts organizations in the Los Angeles area.
Founder and President, LaVant Consulting Inc
Andraéa LaVant is a nationally and internationally sought-after disability inclusion expert. She is widely recognized for spearheading a global disability justice movement as impact producer for Netflix’s Oscar-nominated film, Crip Camp, executive produced by President Barack and Mrs. Michelle Obama. Andraéa is founder and president of LaVant Consulting, Inc. (LCI), a social impact communications firm that offers cutting-edge corporate development and content marketing for brands and nonprofits. LCI’s specialty is helping brands “speak disability with confidence.” Her work has been featured on Good Morning America, NBC, Essence.com, the Root, Paper Magazine, and a host of other national media. As a black, disabled woman, Andraéa champions intersectionality and is committed to working toward a future where ALL people, particularly disabled people of color, are seen and valued in culture and society at-large.
Senior Advisor, Common Future
Vivienne Lee is an L.A. native and passionate about creating equitable opportunities and access for all. As Senior Advisor, Vivienne is focused on advancing the efforts of Common Future to change the structures, terms, rules, and norms of utilizing investment capital to better serve our communities.
Vivienne joins Common Future from REDF where she built partnerships and created pilot programs that served as models as REDF scaled a social enterprise ecosystem nationwide. Vivienne was the lead architect of LA:RISE, a nationally recognized collaborative model that integrated the traditional workforce system and social enterprises to systematically address the overwhelming needs of homeless and re-entry populations. Prior to joining REDF, Vivienne led Citi Community Development’s efforts managing a philanthropic portfolio of grantees in Los Angeles focused on affordable housing, homeownership, small business, and financial inclusion in low-income communities.
Vivienne started her career as an Americorps VISTA volunteer, with the Hawaii Alliance for Community Based Economic Development, helping low-income families in Hawaii build wealth and assets through matched savings accounts. She earned a Master’s Degree in City Planning from MIT and attended Occidental College.
Artist and Cultural Organizer, Art.coop
Marina Lopez (she/her) is a Mexican American performing and socially engaged artist, massage therapist/somatic educator, and cultural organizer. Her experience as a bodyworker is essential to her practice as an artist because we can’t separate the art from the body that makes it. Care work is culture work. As an artist, her work is an interdisciplinary weaving of many voices that links to history, social movements, and tradition. She is a co-organizer and creative collaborator with Art.coop. Marina also hosts, Remember the Future, a podcast about QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color) creatives who are firing their bosses, freeing the land, and building livelihoods based on care, cooperation, mutual aid, and solidarity. Marina seeks to create work that articulates and provides an embodied cognition of the ways in which art, culture, and care are foundational within a thriving society. Her work challenges the status quo of who we as a society uplift as expert voices, and inspires curiosity, collaboration, and solidarity.
CEO, California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits)
Jan Masaoka is CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), a statewide policy alliance of more than 10,000 nonprofits speaking to government, philanthropy, and the public at large.
Through active policy, educational, and research work, California works with legislators and regulators to strengthen the economic and regulatory climate for nonprofits. CalNonprofits has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento, and through our social enterprise, we are also a full-service insurance broker and provide health insurance to more than 25,000 nonprofit staff.
Jan is a leading writer and thinker on nonprofit organizations with particular emphasis on boards of directors, business planning, and the role of nonprofits in society. Her books include Best of the Board Café (Fieldstone), Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability, co-author (Jossey Bass) and The Nonprofit's Guide to HR (Nolo Press). Jan founded and wrote Blue Avocado magazine, growing it to 64,000 subscribers, before leaving in late 2015.
Prior to CalNonprofits, she served 14 years as executive director of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services in which position she was named Nonprofit Executive of the Year by Nonprofit Times. She is an eight-time designee as one of the "Fifty Most Influential" people in the nonprofit sector nationwide and was named California Community Leader of the Year by Leadership California. Her volunteer work includes having served as chair of Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center and founding chair of Community Initiatives; she currently serves on the boards of the California Child Care Resource & Referral Network and the Japantown Garage. She will be leaving CalNonprofits after 12 years at the end of September, 2023
Senior Fellow & Head of New America CA, New America
Autumn McDonald is a senior fellow & head of New America CA at New America where her work focuses on issues of economic equity, community engagement, resident voice, policy influence, and narrative change. McDonald’s writing has been published by numerous media outlets, including Slate, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Project Syndicate, Pacific Standard, CalMatters, and Britannica Parents.
McDonald has more than two decades of experience working on strategy, advocacy, civic innovation, and social impact. Before joining New America, McDonald served as a senior advisor to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee through the FUSE Corps executive fellowship.
During that time she led the women's economic empowerment agenda, shaping policies and public-private initiatives to improve economic opportunity for women and families throughout the Bay Area. Prior to that, McDonald worked with FSG, a social impact consulting firm focused on foundations.
McDonald serves on the board of Women’s Foundation of California and as Chair of the board for Lincoln Families. She has a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a master’s from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a master’s from the Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy.
Joseph Tomás Mckellar
Executive Director, PICO California
Joseph Tomás Mckellar is Executive Director of PICO California, the largest faith-based organizing network in the state, whose mission is to catalyze faith-based and spiritually-centered people power across California to create systemic change for the most vulnerable so that all Californians can belong and thrive. PICO builds power across race, faith, and class with congregations and spiritually-rooted individuals who take action for racial and economic justice.
In his role, Joseph provides strategic leadership to 10 multi-faith, multi-racial community organizations representing 450,000 Californians, and accompanies a talented staff team running power building and leadership programs for 2,500 grassroots volunteers.
He also helps lead PICO’s Faith Votes campaign, dedicated to building a more robust democracy by significantly expanding the California electorate to include millions more young voters, low-income voters, and voters of color around a vision for an economy of belonging.
Joseph guides PICO’s statewide campaigns to transform the criminal justice system, protect and promote immigrant families, increase affordable and family-sustaining housing, advance structural tax reform, and care for our common home.
Joseph founded and directed Faith in New York and Faith in the Valley, which are members of the Faith in Action National Network. Joseph previously worked as a Community Organizer in San Diego and Orange County, as an Assistant Teacher with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Boston.
Joseph is a first-generation college graduate from the University of San Diego, and is a fellow of the Civil Society Fellowship, a partnership of The Anti-Defamation League and The Aspen Institute.
Program Officer, Weingart Foundation
Sara Montrose is a Program Officer at the Weingart Foundation where she manages a portfolio of grants, primarily in LA County. Prior to coming to the Foundation in 2007, she worked at the San Diego affiliate of Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) advocating for children in foster care. She was also an elementary school teacher for several years in New York City and Buenos Aires, Argentina. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Heritage Square Museum, a collection of historic structures in Northeast LA. Ms. Montrose is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
Initiative Director, The James Irvine Foundation
Initiative Director, The James Irvine Foundation
Andre Oliver joined the James Irvine Foundation in 2014. He played an instrumental role in developing – and now manages – the Foundation’s Fair Work initiative, which aims to expand the voice and influence of low-income workers on the issues that affect their lives and livelihoods. Irvine’s Board of Directors this year approved $186.5 million in additional grantmaking through 2030 for the initiative. Andre also led the Foundation’s Leadership Awards program from 2014 to 2018.
He brings more than two decades of experience in the public policy and advocacy arenas, holding senior positions within philanthropy, political consulting, and government. Prior to joining Irvine, Andre was a senior strategist for one of the nation’s leading political consulting firms, with a deep involvement in California’s ballot initiatives, statewide, and local elections.
Previously, he was Director of Communications for the Rockefeller Foundation, and served in various roles within the Clinton Administration, including Special Assistant to the President in the Office of Public Liaison, and Director of Communications and Strategic Planning at the U.S. Peace Corps.
In the mid-1990s, Andre took a hiatus from government to serve on the United Nations election team in South Africa’s historic presidential elections. He has also worked extensively in southern and western Africa, including development and electoral work in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
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Senior Program Officer, The James Irvine Foundation
Yungsuhn Park joined The James Irvine Foundation as a Senior Program Officer in May 2021. Yungsuhn’s background is in civil rights litigation and labor law enforcement and policy. Prior to joining Irvine, Yungsuhn served as Chief Deputy Secretary at the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency where she advised on strategic enforcement of workplace protections and launched new community education programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Before the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, Yungsuhn served as Special Assistant to the Labor Commissioner, Adjunct Faculty Member at Loyola Law School, and Senior Staff Attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice Southern California.
Director, USC Equity Research Institute
Dr. Manuel Pastor is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, where he directs the Equity Research Institute. Pastor has co-authored many books, including his latest volume with Chris Benner, Solidarity Economics: Why Mutuality and Movements Matter. Pastor is the inaugural holder of the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change at USC, is a member of the California Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, and was awarded the Wally Marks Changemaker of the Year in 2012 from the Liberty Hill Foundation in recognition of his many research partnerships with social justice organizations.
Executive Director, California Black Freedom Fund, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Marc was named executive director of the California Black Freedom Fund in April 2022, bringing more than a decade of leadership in advocacy working with grassroots organizations to build power for racial justice. Prior to joining the California Black Freedom Fund, Marc led the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color. Under his leadership, the Alliance successfully advanced more than 100 state policies and established powerful partnerships with the California Senate and Assembly Select Committees on the Status of Boys and Men of Color and the California Funders for Boys and Men of Color. Through these experiences, Marc has gained deep campaign and policy expertise across a wide array of issues, including public health and violence prevention, police and prison abolition, education, the criminalization of youth, economic equity and poverty eradication, and voting and civic engagement.
President, The Maven Collaborative
Anne E. Price is Co-President and Founder of The Maven Collaborative. She previously served as President and a Director of the Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative at The Insight Center for Community Economic Development. Anne was one of the first national thought leaders to examine and push for narrative change in addressing race, gender and wealth inequality. She was also one of the first experts to make the connection between criminal/civil legal system debt and racial wealth inequality by focusing on state-sponsored child support debt. Anne is an experienced researcher, advocate and trainer. She has spent 30 years in the public sector working in a wide range of areas including child welfare, hunger, welfare reform, workforce development, community development and higher education.
Anne’s work has been featured in the New York Times, The Nation, The Washington Post, The Mercury News, Citylab, O Magazine, the Stanford Social Innovation Review and other publications.
Anne holds a B.A. in Economics from Hampton University and a M.A. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the Milano School of Management and Urban Policy at The New School in New York City.
Artistic Director, Playwrights' Arena
JON LAWRENCE RIVERA is the Founding Artistic Director of Playwrights’ Arena and the recipient of the first Career Achievement Award from Stage Raw. Jon also leads the Artistic Directors of Color Alliance – Greater Los Angeles (ADCA). He directed the following world premieres for Playwrights’ Arena: APARTMENT LIVING by Boni B. Alvarez, A HIT DOG WILL HOLLER by Inda Craig-Galván (both part of collaborative season with Skylight Theatre), MARCH (a co-production with the LA LGBT Center), SOUTHERNMOST by Mary Lyon Kamitaki, BABY EYES by Donald Jolly, @THE SPEEDOFJAKE by Jennifer Maisel, CINNAMON GIRL by Velina Hasu Houston and Nathan Wang, THE ANATOMY OF GAZELLAS by Janine Salinas Schoenberg, GIRL MOST LIKELY TO by Michael Premrirat, and Euripides’ HELEN by Nick Salamone (at the Getty Villa). Other recent work includes: KIM’S CONVENIENCE by Ins Choi at Laguna Playhouse, ANNA IN THE TROPICS by Nilo Cruz at Open Fist Theater; THE SONNETTEER and SEA CHANGE both by Nick Salamone at the LA LGBT Center; THE JOY LUCK CLUB by Susan Kim, THE LAST FIVE YEARS by Jason Robert Brown, and CRIERS FOR HIRE by Giovanni Ortega at East West Players; HONEYMOON IN VEGAS by Jason Robert Brown and A CLASS ACT by Ed Kleban for Musical Theatre Guild; BINGO HALL by Dillon Chitto, FAIRLY TRACEABLE by Mary Kathryn Nagle, and STAND-OFF AT HWY #37 by Vickie Ramirez for Native Voices at the Autry; The landmark Los Angeles Premiere of DOGEATERS by Jessica Hagedorn at SIPA and Krik Douglas Theatre. Rivera is also the recipient of a NY Fringe Festival Award (for directng HILLARY AGONISGTES), an LA Weekly Award (for directing SEA CHANGE), and five Ovation Award nominations.
Executive Director, CLEAN Carwash Worker Center
Flor Rodriguez is a workers’ rights advocate who brings over 12 years of experience in coalition building, organizing, and leadership development to CLEAN. Flor joined CLEAN as a Community Organizer in 2012 but quickly took great leadership. As Executive Director, Flor led CLEAN’s transformation from a campaign into the CLEAN Carwash Worker Center. Prior to CLEAN, Flor worked at the Institute of Popular Education of Southern California (IDEPSCA), conducting community outreach to businesses around the day laborer movement. She soon became the Program Manager for IDEPSCA’s six (6) Day Laborer Centers. Flor immigrated from Durango, Mexico, and has lived in Los Angeles since 1992. She is the daughter of immigrant workers and the eldest of two siblings. In her free time, she likes to travel with her husband and children.
Vice President of Policy and Programs, Catalyst California
As the Vice President of Policy and Programs, Mike Russo works to provide community-based organizations with the data, training, and tools they need to be effective advocates for local budgets that reflect the needs of low-income communities of color. Before joining Catalyst California, Mike served as the director of the federal office of U.S. PIRG, a nationwide federation of state-based public interest advocacy organizations. He also previously led U.S. PIRG’s work on health care, overseeing campaigns to implement the Affordable Care Act and helping to create a program to analyze and watchdog insurers’ rate filings, which has saved consumers over $25 million. Mike graduated from the California Institute of Technology and Columbia Law School.
Director, LA County Department of Arts and Culture
Kristin McDonald Sakoda Esq. is Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, a local arts agency with a mission of advancing arts, culture, and creativity throughout the largest county in the U.S. The Department of Arts and Culture provides grants and technical assistance to hundreds of nonprofit organizations; runs the largest arts internship program in the nation; coordinates countywide public-private arts education initiatives; increases access to creative career pathways; commissions civic artwork; supports free community programs; implements the LA County Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative; and advances cross-sector cultural strategies to address civic issues. Appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Ms. Sakoda previously served as Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and led the organization during its historic transition into the County’s first Department of Arts and Culture.
Ms. Sakoda is an arts executive, attorney, and performing artist with over 25 years in the field. She has appeared as a speaker around the world and performed on national and international stages including with dance and social justice company Urban Bush Women and in musicals Rent and Mamma Mia! on Broadway. Prior to her work at the Department, she previously served in leadership roles at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs overseeing a portfolio of strategic, programmatic, policy, legislative, and funding programs with a $200m annual budget, and was instrumental in advancing diversity and inclusion; public art; creative aging; cultural facilities and affordable workspace for artists. She holds a J.D. from NYU School of Law with honors in Entertainment Law and B.A. from Stanford University with a specialization in Race and Ethnicity and a secondary major in Feminist Studies. She is a Board member of Grantmakers in the Arts, the national association of public and private arts funders in the U.S.
President & CEO, Inland SoCal United Way
Kimberly Starrs has worked in the United Way network for 18 years and was named President and CEO for Inland SoCal United Way & 211 in April 2023. In partnership with the team at ISCUW, she was instrumental in the expansion of the agency from $2.7M in annual revenue to more than $300M raised over 3 years. The projects she is most excited about right now are those that focus on income equality, social enterprise, and community lead partnership. The agency she leads is one of the 7 sites selected for the State's Guaranteed Income Pilot Project and will be serving both pregnant and foster populations.
Born and raised in the Inland Region of Southern California, she is proud of her mixed Latinx/Euro heritage and lives with her partner and two children. She recently attained a Master of Business Administration and holds a CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) Credential. She is the Board Chair for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Inland Empire Chapter and has served as an AFP board member for 6 years.
Co-Director and Researcher, Northwestern Music and Medicine
Clara Takarabe is a violist, neuroscience researcher-investigator and co-directs the Northwestern Music and Medicine Program (NMMP) with cognitive behavioral neurologist Dr. Borna Bonakdarpour. Ms. Takarabe led the team that created Clinically Designed Improvisatory Music, a type of social-clinical music designed along neuropsychiatric frameworks of felt safety.
Clinically Designed Improvisatory Music, also known as CDIM for short, is being investigated for reductions in anxiety and agitation in Alzheimer’s disease at Northwestern's Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease and this research is funded through the National Endowment for the Arts Sound Health Initiative and the Osher Foundation for Integrative Medicine. Most recently, with the support of the Carle College of Medicine at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and the MacArthur Foundation, Ms. Takarabe piloted a wrap-around program centered on CDIM at Wendell Phillips Academy High School in Bronzeville. On the community level, CDIM has become popular in the south side of Chicago among support groups grappling with traumatic grief and for medical professionals experiencing secondary traumatization or burnout. Ms. Takarabe presently plays viola in the Chicago Symphony and also played in the Los Angeles Philharmonic and is in an experimental cinematic band called Nireus with composer and synthesist Anton Riehl.
Executive Director, Inland Empire Black Worker Center
In November 2021, Dr. Thomas became the first Associate Director of the Inland Empire Black Worker Center (IEBWC), later becoming its inaugural Executive Director in October 2022. His background includes 12 years as a higher education professor and administrator and over three decades as a senior pastor. Dr. Thomas also held notable roles, including being a Board Member for the Los Angeles Southwest College Foundation, HR Leadership Development Consultant for the City of Rialto, Commissioner for the City of Fontana Parks and Community Services, and Director of Faith and Community for Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson.
With a diverse educational background, including degrees in higher education leadership (PhD), Pan African studies (DMin), divinity/family life (MDiv), business (MBA), and accounting/theology (BA), Dr. Thomas brings a unique skill set to his leadership role, spanning nonprofits, civic leadership, advocacy, community organizing, research, and policy work.
Dr. Thomas has been happily married to his wife Debbie for 37 years, with three adult children and two grandchildren. His leisure activities include travel, watersports, billiards, enjoying 60s-80s R&B music, playing board games, and attending Vegan food fairs.
Dr. Thomas is deeply committed to championing the principles of racial equity, worker advocacy, and meaningful workforce development while empowering workers. His overarching vision encompasses the centralization of worker voices and experiences, aiming to establish clear pathways toward family-sustaining wage opportunities in partnership with High Roads employers. Additionally, he is dedicated to fostering collaboration among community, public, private, and industry stakeholders who share aligned values.
Senior Program Officer, Health, California Community Foundation
With 24 years of experience in health promotion, Rosemary Veniegas currently serves as Senior Program Officer for Health at the California Community Foundation (CCF). CCF’s mission is to lead positive systemic change that strengthens Los Angeles (LA) County. Dr. Veniegas serves on the Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research Panel of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, which was established as part of the Affordable Care Act. She is a member of the LA County Commission on Hospitals and Healthcare Delivery and the California Department of Health Care Services Behavioral Health Stakeholder Advisory Committee. Previously, Dr. Veniegas was an implementation scientist and researcher in academic departments of family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, psychology, and psychiatry. She received her Ph.D. in social psychology from UCLA.
Executive Director, California Black Power Network
James Woodson is the Executive Director of the California Black Power Network, a growing ecosystem of Black-led and Black-serving community based organizations working together to change the lived conditions of Black Californians by dismantling systemic and anti-Black racism. Previously, James served as the Redistricting Lead and Policy Director of the California Black Census and Redistricting Hub, a coalition of over 30 Black-led and Black-serving organizations across the state focused on maximizing participation in the census and redistricting process among hard to count Black communities. He also served as Policy and Strategic Projects Manager at California Calls Education Fund where he managed work around the 2020 census, redistricting, and the Voters Choice Act (VCA). He is a former member of the California Secretary of State’s VCA Task Force and the Voters Choice Los Angeles Steering Committee. James began at California Calls as an Organizing Coordinator in 2016, where he worked on the African American Civic Engagement Project, coordinating civic engagement programs and providing support and assistance to the founding cohort.
Before moving to California, James served as the Director of Programs for the Boys & Girls Club of Newark, NJ and in a variety of capacities within the Democratic National Committee, the NJ Democratic State Committee, Obama For America, and the NJ Health Care for America Now campaign. James is a licensed attorney in the states of New Jersey and New York and a proud alum of Rutgers Law School. He served as co-Counsel for the New Jersey Congressional Redistricting Commission in 2011 and 2012. In addition, James was the Founding Director of the Friendship Development Corporation, where he led the effort to create an outreach center that provides food, clothing, and other services to thousands of low-income families in the Baltimore metropolitan area.