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In philanthropy, many of us are grappling with how to make real, lasting impact in our work. How can we effectively address complex problems that require us to engage with overlapping communities, social movements, and collaborative efforts currently at play in our society? When so many communities are more vulnerable than ever, the stakes are high, and we find ourselves at a crossroads. Does seeking impact mean that we need to focus narrowly, staying in our separate silos despite the true complexity of the issues we’re trying to solve? Or can we find collaborative ways to look at these challenges with a sense of untapped potential and opportunity?

Join us on September 26th to tackle the idea of intersectionality as a hands-on way for you and your organization to engage and take action.

 

Intersectionality is a driving force for funders to unlock impact together. But what is intersectionality? What does it mean for the way we do our work? At its core, this framework means understanding the overlapping issues and identities that impact the well-being of community members we serve. Factors such as health, poverty, food access, criminal justice, trauma, and others have a critical impact on the overall well-being of individuals—and gender, sexuality, race, and class further shape how these issues and systems are experienced in our communities. When we start making these connections about how and where support is needed, our philanthropy can become a powerful force to advance equity in our communities. 

At #SCGAnnualCon17, we’ll look at intersectionality as an approach to systems change that goes beyond theory—and that speaks directly to the work you do every day to make a tangible difference in people’s lives. Together, we’ll unpack many of the strategies and opportunities open to funders of all kinds as we work to support equitable, thriving communities in Southern California and beyond. Join 500+ colleagues from our diverse philanthropic community of private, public, family, individual, and corporate change-makers for this dynamic and inspiring day. We hope to see you there!

@socalgrantmaker  #SCGAnnualCon17

 
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What's New!

 
 

Registration

 
 

Registration is now closed.  If you want to register, please call SCG at 213-680-8866 and to see if there is still space.”

 

WHEN

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

8:00 am to 5:00 pm (Timing subject to change.)

Where

Westin Bonaventure Hotel
404 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071


PRICING

$400 for SCG members registered by August 25

$475 for SCG members registered after August 25

$900 for non-members who meet SCG eligibility criteria.

Members of Northern California Grantmakers and San Diego Grantmakers can register at the SCG member rate.

Registration closes September 19, 2017

 

Who May Attend

Current SCG members and others eligible for membership. Space is limited.

 
 
 

Conference Agenda

click here to Download a PDF of the agenda.

 

8:00 - 9:45        Check-in

8:30 - 9:45        Breakfast Breakout Sessions

                           Changing the Narrative through Arts and Culture
                           Closing the Wealth Gap: Economic Development for Long-Term Community Benefits
                           Improving Education through a Racial Equity Lens
                           Land of Plenty: Ending Hunger in Southern California and Beyond
                           The Role of Culture in Leading Change

9:45 - 1o:00      Networking Break

10: 00 - 12:00   MORNING SESSION

                          Welcome

                            Opening Performance and Conversation: Quetzal

                           Morning Plenary - Intersectionality: Moving From Theory to Practice

 

Moderator: Dr. Gail Christopher, Founder, Ntianu Center for Healing and Nature
Sarita Gupta, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, Caring Across Generations
Dr. Shaun R. Harper, Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership & Executive Director, USC Race & Equity Center
Monica Lozano, Former Chairman and CEO, US Hispanic Media, Inc. and Chairman, Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program
Timothy Silard, President, Rosenberg Foundation

12:00 - 1:45       Lunch Breakout Sessions (will take place in breakout rooms)

                           Addressing Health Inequity through Race-Conscious Strategies
                           Empowering Communities to Counteract Displacement and Gentrification
                           Equity and Wellbeing of Transgender Communities
                           Leveraging Intersectionality in County Systems to Address Homelessness
                           Discovering How Corporate Philanthropy & CSR Can Impact Social Change

1:45 - 2:00         Networking Break

2:00 - 4:00       AFTERNOON SESSION

                          State of SCG and Member Meeting

                          How Data Can Shape Our Equity Grantmaking: Portrait of LA County Sneak Peek

                          Afternoon Plenary - Agents of Change:
                            Working at the Intersection of Storytelling and Social Movements

 

Moderator: Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, Professor and Chair of Gender Studies, USC
Sarah Eagle Heart, CEO, Native Americans in Philanthropy
Funmilola Fagbamila, Playwright, Activist, and Professor of Pan African Studies, Cal State Los Angeles
Marisa Franco, Co-Founder and Director, Mijente
Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer and The Refugees and Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity, USC

4:00 - 5:00         Closing Reception

 

 
 
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Speakers & Performers


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Bill Allen
CEO, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation

Bill Allen is CEO of the LA County Economic Development Corporation and its subsidiary, the World Trade Center Los Angeles. He is also Co-Chair of the California Stewardship Network,  Vice Chair of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Weingart Foundation, Regional Economic Association Leaders of California Coalition, LA Area Chamber of Commerce, LA Coalition for the Economy and Jobs, and Unite L.A. Allen serves on the LA Advisory Board for BIOCOM and the Advisory Board for the CSUN Center for Southern California Studies. He was the first CEO of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando. Allen has served as a trustee of the University of Southern California and on the LA Economy and Jobs Committee for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from USC, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University, and a certificate in 21st Century Management from Pepperdine.


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James Alva
Senior Vice President & Southern CA Market Manager, Citi Community Development

James Alva serves as Senior Vice President and Market Manager for Citi Community Development.  He is responsible for managing a multimillion dollar budget supporting Citibank’s strategy to develop the most underserved communities across Southern California. He previously worked under the former Administrator of the U.S. SBA, Maria Contreras-Sweet, to establish ProAmerica Bank in downtown LA, which is a bank targeted at serving Latino entrepreneurs. Later he worked for the nonprofit organization, Small Business Development Centers, through which he founded the nonprofit technology accelerator, Tech Futures Group, which focused on helping the underserved to build a pathway to secure angel and venture capital funding. Alva has developed a niche in working with municipal governments to build public private partnerships that aim to break the cycle of poverty. He serves on the Boards of SCG, Youth Policy Institute, the LA Latino Chamber of Commerce, HONOR PAC, and the LA Economic Development Corporation, and Chairs the Advisory Board for the LA County Center for Financial Empowerment, which he also helped to found with the LA County Supervisors. Alva is a first generation college graduate and holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Stanford University.


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Marya Bangee
Director of Programming, Harness and CEO, SILA Consulting

Marya Bangee started her journey as a community organizer in the Muslim-American community, including leading a national advocacy campaign for the protection of free speech on college campuses. Through her organizing, she has often represented the Muslim-American voice in national media like the New York Times and NPR. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in English and Sociology at UC Irvine, she served as a Project Director at UCLA, working to increase access to higher education in impoverished areas of the city. Seeing the need for communal solutions to the challenges posed by poverty, she completed a six-month residency with the Industrial Areas Foundation as well as a prestigious Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs, through which she helped develop part of the California Community Foundation’s ten-year strategic plan. Marya graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master’s degree in Public Administration in 2015, specializing in nonprofit management and public policy. In 2017, she was selected by the Ford Foundation as a Public Voices Fellow, which aims to dramatically increase the impact of spokespeople from underrepresented communities.


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Dr. Elaine Batchlor
CEO, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital

As CEO of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, Dr. Elaine Batchlor, MD, MPH, was the driving force behind efforts to open the new, state-of-the-art, community-oriented, safety net hospital that provides compassionate, quality care and improves the health of the South LA community. Previously, Dr. Batchlor served as Chief Medical Officer at L.A. Care Health Plan. Prior to L.A. Care, Dr. Batchlor served as Vice President of Health Care Finance, Organization and Operations at the California HealthCare Foundation, as Medical Director for the LA County Office of Managed Care, and as a Chief Medical Officer for Prudential Health Care. She served as the past Chair and is currently on the Board of Integrated Healthcare Association and the Public Health Institute. Dr. Batchlor received a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, a Master’s of public health degree from UCLA, and a Doctorate of Medicine degree from Case Western Reserve University. She completed her internship, residency, and fellowship in internal medicine and rheumatology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and is board-certified in both specialties.


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Danielle Brazell
General Manager, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles

Danielle Brazell is the General Manager of the Department of Cultural Affairs for the City of Los Angeles, reporting directly to the Mayor and leading a staff of 80. She directs and works with the agency’s Public Art, Grants Administration, Community Arts, Performing Arts, and Marketing and Development Division Directors to oversee a $42 million portfolio of facilities, programming, and initiatives providing arts and cultural services. Prior to being appointed to this position, Brazell was the Executive Director of Arts for LA, a regional advocacy organization working to foster a healthy environment in which arts and culture may thrive and be accessible to all in the region. Under her stewardship, Arts for LA became a formidable coalition advancing the arts in the largest county in the country. Brazell’s professional experience also includes working as the Artistic Director of Highways Performance Space and as the Director of Special Projects for the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. She serves as a Board Member of Americans for the Arts and DataArts.


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Corrin Buchanan
Interim Deputy Director for the Office of Diversion and Reentry, Department of Health Services, County of Los Angeles

At the LA County Health Agency, Corrin Buchanan oversees programming to divert mentally ill offenders away from the criminal justice system and into community-based treatment, including a new permanent supportive housing program for homeless jail inmates with mental health and substance use disorders. Prior to joining that agency, she worked as a Health Program Planner for Housing and Urban Health at the San Francisco Department of Public Health and as the Community Programs Director for the San Francisco Women’s Building. Buchanan holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from UC Berkeley. She has presented locally and nationally on supportive housing at conferences including the National Council for Behavioral Health Annual Conference, the Corporation for Supportive Housing Annual Summit, and the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council.


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Leticia Rhi Buckley 
Acting Executive Director, Los Angeles County Arts Commission

Leticia Rhi Buckley oversees cultural services for Los Angeles County's 88 municipalities and nearly 140 unincorporated areas. The Arts Commission funds 364 nonprofit arts organizations through a two-year $9 million grant program, implements the regional initiative dedicated to restoring arts education to 81 public school districts, funds the largest arts internship program in the country, and manages the County’s civic art policy. Buckley recently spearheaded a countywide initiative to improve equity and inclusion within LA County arts and culture organizations, and is currently guiding the adoption of a cultural policy for the County. She currently serves on the LA Tourism Marketing Committee, and is a recent fellow of the Leadership LA program. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University.


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DR. GAIL C. CHRISTOPHER
Founder, Ntianu Center for Healing and Nature

Dr. Gail Christopher is an award winning social change agent with expertise in the social determinants of health and well-being and in related public policies. She is known for her pioneering work to infuse holistic health and diversity concepts into public sector programs and policy discourse. Dr. Christopher recently retired from her role as Senior Advisor and Vice President at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where she was the driving force behind the America Healing initiative and the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation effort. Dr. Christopher also served as Kellogg’s Vice President for Program Strategy and worked on place-based programming in New Orleans and New Mexico. In 2015 she received the Terrance Keenan Award from Grantmakers in Health. She chairs the Board of the Trust for America’s Health.


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Dr. Charles Davis III
Chief Strategy Officer and Director of Research, USC Race and Equity Center

Dr. Charles Davis III is on the faculty in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California and is Chief Strategy Officer and Director of Research in the USC Race and Equity Center. Previously, Dr. Davis was Director of Higher Education Research and Initiatives in the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He studies and writes extensively about student activism, social movements, campus climates, and a range of equity issues in higher education.


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Sarah Eagle Heart
Chief Executive Officer, Native Americans in Philanthropy

Sarah Eagle Heart, Oglala Lakota, has served as CEO for Native Americans in Philanthropy since 2015. She utilizes storytelling to share her perspective on healing trauma based on her experiences as a teen activist raised on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and working with faith-based communities on cross-sectional public policy initiatives with, and for, diverse communities. With a focus on education and advocacy on behalf of Indigenous Peoples, Eagle Heart has worked with small nonprofits and corporate tribal organizations, as well as international non-governmental organizations. She also previously served on the staff of the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church headquartered in New York City. She has built upon her traditional cultural knowledge to understand the essential need for cross-cultural communication, education, collaboration, community development, and advocacy. Eagle Heart’s priority projects include former President Obama’s White House Generation Indigenous Initiative as well as nonprofits serving native youth.


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Tina Eshaghpour
Director of Organizational Learning and Evaluation,
The California Wellness Foundation

Tina Eshaghpour has been working in the philanthropic sector as a grantmaker, capacity building provider, researcher and evaluator, and consultant for over two decades. She is Director of Organizational Learning and Evaluation at The California Wellness Foundation, where she supports foundation-wide learning and reflection, including implementation and tracking of Advancing Wellness evaluation framework and overseeing an internal Equity Initiative. Previously, Eshaghpour consulted with foundations and nonprofits on a range of issues, including environmental health and justice, gender equity, reproductive rights, and immigrant and refugee health. She also led the Women’s Foundation of California’s environmental health and justice program and spearheaded its grantmaking and capacity building work. Eshaghpour is a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and received a Master of Public Health from UCLA. She serves as Board Chair for the Center for Environmental Health and is a Board Member for the Center on Race Poverty and Environment.


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Rudy Espinoza
Executive Director, Leadership for Urban Renewal Network

Rudy Espinoza is the Executive Director of the Leadership for Urban Renewal Network and an urban planner with a passion for neighborhoods, entrepreneurism, and financial empowerment. He specializes in designing and managing place-based initiatives, identifying profitable investment opportunities in low-income communities, building private/nonprofit partnerships, and training the working poor to participate in the socioeconomic revitalization of their neighborhoods. Espinoza holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from UCLA and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.


Funmilola Fagbamila
Playwright, Activist, & Professor, Pan African Studies,
Cal State Los Angeles

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Funmilola Fagbamila is a Nigerian American scholar, activist, playwright, and artist. She earned her B.A. in Sociology and Pan African Studies from Cal State LA and obtained her graduate degree in Black Studies from UCLA. Fagbamila now serves as Adjunct Professor of Pan African Studies at Cal State Los Angeles. She is an original member of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and has been honored by Congress and the Black Community, Clergy and Labor Alliance for her activist scholarship and service. She frequently sits on community panels regarding police brutality, criminal justice, and overall wellness in black communities. Her artistry is multifaceted, including spoken word and hip hop. Her current project, entitled The Intersection, is a stage play on the complexities of black identity.

The myth of meritocracy in the era of Black Lives Matter (The Guardian)

 

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Ron Finely
Head Trouble Maker, The Ron Finley Project

Nicknamed the “Gangsta Gardener” Ron Finley planted organic vegetables on the parkway in front of his South Los Angeles home and a revolution was started. His belief that gardens build communities has blossomed into a quest to change how we eat and the founding of The Ron Finley Project, an organization focused on changing culture from the ground up.

Ron Finley: A Guerilla Gardner in South Central

 

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Michael Fleming
Executive Director, David Bohnett Foundation

Michael Fleming has served as Executive Director of the David Bohnett Foundation since 2000, promoting its mission to improve society through social activism and developing progressive programs in education, LGBT issues, arts, gun violence prevention and other areas. He also helped the Foundation establish leadership development graduate programs at New York University, UCLA, Harvard, and the University of Michigan. Since 2003, Fleming has taught the required capstone class for the LGBT minor at UCLA. He previously served as President of the East Los Angeles Area Planning Commission and as a Commissioner on the Board of the Los Angeles Convention Center, in addition to serving in President Obama’s White House Council for Community Solutions. Fleming is the immediate past Board Chair of the public radio station KCRW and serves as a Trustee of the NPR Foundation. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and was a Victory Fellow (now Bohnett Fellow) at Harvard. Fleming also led SCG’s 2016-2017 Emerging Leaders Peer-to-Peer Network cohort.


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Quetzal Flores
Musical Director, Quetzal

Growing up in grassroots movements, as the son of labor union organizers, Quetzal Flores inherited a deep commitment and sense of accountability to community. From work on behalf of South Central farmers and the indigenous Zapatista population, to immigration reform to supermarket workers union strikes, he has been engaged in the everyday community struggles in East Los Angeles—with music in hand. Since 1993, Flores has served as the Musical Director for Quetzal.


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Ron Fong
Executive Director, Asian Pacific Islander Small Business Program

Ron Fong is Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Islander Small Business Program (API SBP), responsible for the organization’s overall direction, administration, staff supervision, resource development, and program relations.  Prior to API SBP, Fong directed small business assistance, land use, and urban planning initiatives for the Little Tokyo Service Center. He previously served as Community Development Director for the Fannie Mae Western Regional Office and directed the LA office of the California Housing Partnership Corporation. Fong has been elected three times to represent Little Tokyo on the Historic Cultural Neighborhood Council in the City of Los Angeles. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the national Association for Enterprise Opportunity. Fong received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and studied at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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Brian Ford
Director, Los Angeles County Probation Department

Since 2002, Brian Ford has served in both deputized and administrative positions at the Los Angeles County Probation Department. He has experience with both juvenile and adult populations having worked in juvenile hall, juvenile residential camp and overseeing adult operations; including two Adult Day Reporting Centers and the Department’s SB 678 - Alternative Treatment Caseload Program, which serves medium and high risk adult felony probationers. Ford has been intimately involved with the development and implementation of several high level initiatives including AB 109, Breaking Barriers Rapid Re-Housing Program, Court to College, and the Invest Employment Program. He also provides training and consulting services to probation and parole jurisdictions throughout the United States on the implementation of evidence-based programs and quality assurance protocols. He was recently appointed to the Executive Board for the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) as a Regional Representative. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.


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Gabriel Foster
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Trans Justice Funding Project

Gabriel Foster is a black, queer, and trans social justice leader who in 2012 co-founded the Trans Justice Funding Project, a community-led funding initiative based in New York that supports grassroots, trans justice groups run by and for trans people. He previously worked in Seattle with the Northwest Network helping create youth programming for bisexual, trans, lesbian, and gay survivors of abuse.  From age 15 to 26, he went from a program constituent to program staff in the American Friends Service Committee’s LGBTQ Youth Program.  He has also worked at SPARK Reproductive Justice Now with LGBTQ youth of color and allies in Atlanta, the Leeway Foundation supporting women and trans people creating art and social change in Philadelphia, and the Johnathan Lax Fund at the Bread and Roses Foundation in Philadelphia providing outreach. Gabriel is also a former staff member of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. 

You can learn more about TJFP here and about trans justice here. Access TJFP annual reports here


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Clare Fox
Executive Director, Los Angeles Food Policy Council

Clare Fox has served as Executive Director of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council (LAFPC) since 2015.  In this role, she supports and collaborates with a network of public, private, nonprofit and community leaders to catalyze policy and systems change for a sustainable and fair food system. She joined the staff of LAFPC in 2011, eventually serving as the Director of Policy and Innovation. Previously, she created and led a food access investment program at the City of LA Community Redevelopment Agency. Previously, Foxwas a radio producer at National Public Radio and Youth Radio, where she taught media production to young people throughout L A. She currently serves on Mayor Garcetti’s LA Promise Zone Leadership Council, the Board of Directors for LA Compost, as Chair of the Women's Committee of CLUE (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice), and was a founding Board Member of Critical Mass Dance Company. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from UCLA.


Sarita Gupta
Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, Caring Across Generations

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Sarita Gupta is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Caring Across Generations, a national movement of families, caregivers, people with disabilities, and aging Americans working to transform the way we care in this country. She leads the campaign’s call to rethink the nation’s care infrastructure. She also serves as the Executive Director of Jobs with Justice, which is a network committed to improving the lives, communities and workplaces of all people. Gupta is a recipient of numerous awards, including the National Women’s Law Center Annual Leadership Award, Francis Perkins Open Door Award, Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Achievement Award, and Corporate Ethics International’s BENNY Award. 


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ANGE-MARIE HANCOCK ALFARO
PROFESSOR and chair of GENDER STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro is a globally recognized scholar of intersectionality theory, the world's leading analytical framework for analyzing and resolving inequality. She has written numerous articles and three books on the intersections of categories of difference like race, gender, class, sexuality, and citizenship and their impact on policy: the award-winning The Politics of Disgust and the Public Identity of the “Welfare Queen,” (2004), Solidarity Politics for Millennials: A Guide to Ending the Oppression Olympics (2011), and Intersectionality: An Intellectual History (2016). The applied forms of her research focuses on diverse donors in philanthropy, partnerships between funders and nonprofits for social change, and cross-sector training of leaders to implement intersectionality. Dr. Hancock Alfaro is also Founder of RISIST, the Research Institute for the Study of Intersectionality and Social Transformation, a new online certification and collaboration platform. RISIST is a cooperative social enterprise that consults with organizations seeking to apply intersectionality to the challenges they face.


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Dr. Shaun Harper
Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership & Executive Director, USC Race & Equity Center

Recognized in Education Week as one of the 10 most influential professors in the field of education, Dr. Shaun Harper is an expert on race, campus climates, and student success in higher education. He also is president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Dr. Harper has published over 100 academic articles and publications. Johns Hopkins University Press is publishing his 13th book, Race Matters in College. Dr. Harper has been quoted and had his research featured in The New York TimesWashington PostWall Street Journal, and Chronicle of Higher Education, among many other news outlets. He has interviewed on CNN, ESPN, and NPR. Dr. Harper spent a decade on the University of Pennsylvania faculty, where he founded the Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education.


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Alvin Herring
Director of Racial Equity and Community Engagement, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Alvin Herring provides strategic oversight for the Racial Equity and Community Engagement team and grant portfolios related to racial equity, racial healing and community engagement that advance the foundation’s work to strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success in school, work, and life. He also actively guides the integration of community engagement and racial equity into all aspects of the foundation’s national grantmaking strategy. Herring has held leadership roles at organizations across the country, including the PICO National Network, the Working Interfaith Network, Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization, Side By Side, the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice, and the National Coalition Building Institute in Washington, D.C. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville and Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of St. Francis.


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Andrea Iloulian
Senior Program Officer, Domestic Programs, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Andrea Iloulian manages the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s domestic grantmaking in the area of chronic homelessness. Prior to joining the Foundation, Iloulian worked in commercial property management, where she served as property manager of Class A high rise office buildings in the downtown and Miracle Mile areas of Los Angeles. Iloulian also previously held positions with TreePeople, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s PLACE Program, and served as a senior consultant at MAXIMUS. She holds a Master’s degree in public policy from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Ecology from UC Irvine.


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Harvey Kawasaki
Manager CEO, Chief Executive Office, County of Los Angeles

Harvey Kawasaki is a 34-year Los Angeles County employee and a native of Los Angeles.  He has held senior management positions during most of his County career, previously for the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and currently for the Chief Executive Office’s Service Integration Branch (SIB) as CEO Manager.  Currently his Division oversees countywide endeavors such as My Brother’s Keeper, 211 Los Angeles County and LA County Helps.  Kawasaki currently serves as one of the leads for the 2017 Los Angeles County Government Alliance for Race Equity (GARE) team, which is comprised of representatives from nearly 13 county departments.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Cal State Long Beach, a Master’s degree in Social Work from UCLA, and Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Cal State Long Beach. 


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Kristen Scott Kennedy
Senior Manager, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

Prior to joining Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Kristen Scott Kennedy worked for the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council, a membership organization that promotes the use of cooperatives as a development paradigm. Previously, she was Managing Director at The Bhutan Canada Foundation, a Canadian charitable organization dedicated to improving education in the Kingdom of Bhutan. Kennedy began her career in communications and operations at The Unusual Suspects Theater Company in Los Angeles before working in fundraising at The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health in Palo Alto, CA and Macmillan Cancer Support in London, UK. She is an alumna of the University of Southern California and a recipient of the Nonprofit Executive Scholarship from the Richard Ivey School of Business. Kennedy holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from American University.


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Helen Leung
Co-executive Director, LA-Más

A Co-Executive Director of LA-Más, Helen Leung utilizes her passion for strategies that minimize displacement pressures that come with gentrification and ensures all organizational projects are grounded in local need and systemic change. She has worked locally for former LA City Council President and current Mayor Eric Garcetti, and gained national policy and program experience through her work at Living Cities, a fellowship at the Office of Sustainable Housing & Communities at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, and an internship at the Office of Political Affairs at the White House under President Obama. Leung serves on the Los Angeles East Area Planning Commission, the Community Advisory Board of Genesis LA, and the Board of the Elysian Valley Arts Collective. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Urban Planning from Harvard and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Communications from the University of Pennsylvania.


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Kristen Lewis
Co-founder and Co-director, Measure of America

Kristen Lewis is co-founder and co-director of Measure of America, a project of the Social Science Research Council. Measure of America provides easy-to-use tools for understanding the distribution of well-being and opportunity in America and stimulating fact-based dialogue about crtical issues. Before starting Measure of America in 2007, Lewis was Senior Policy Advisor to the water and sanitation task force of the UN Millennium Project, led by Jeffery Sachs, and was co-author of the task force report, Health, Dignity and Development: What Will It Take? She previously worked at the United Nations for many years, first with UNIFEM and then as a policy specialist in UNDP’s policy bureau, and has served as a consultant on gender equality issues for numerous international development organizations, including UNICEF and UNFPA. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.


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Yvette Lopez-Ledesma
Deputy Director, Pacoima Beautiful

Yvette Lopez-Ledesma is Deputy Director of Pacoima Beautiful, an organization invested in promoting environmental justice through education, policy, and cultural arts in the San Fernando Valley. She has over 14 years of experience in program planning, project management, social justice, sustainability, and community engagement. Lopez-Ledesma currently serves on the RE:Code LA Zoning Advisory Committee and the San Fernando Valley METRO Service Council. She earned her Master’s degree in public administration as well as her Bachelor’s degree in urban studies and planning at Cal State University, Northridge.


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Gunnar Lovelace
founder and Chief strategy officer, Thrive Market

Gunnar Lovelace is a serial entrepreneur focused on business and health as vehicles for social change. He is the original Founder of Thrive Market, which is making healthy living accessible to Americans by providing the most popular organic and non-GMO groceries at 25-50% off normal retail prices. He is also the Co-founder and Co-owner of Love Heals - a jewelry business in more than 200 high-end retail stores and with over 75 employees. To date, Love Heals has funded the planting of over 1,500,000 trees and sponsored over 50,000 malnourished children. Prior to Love Heals, Lovelace started two technology companies in Los Angeles in software education and natural language processing (both of which were sold). In addition to his for-profit companies he has started two nonprofits in education and environmental sustainability.


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Monica Lozano
former chairman and ceo, US Hispanic Media, Inc. and chairman, aspen institute latinos and society program

Monica Lozano is Founder and Chairman of the Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program, which is dedicated to increasing awareness of the vital role Hispanics play in America’s long-term prosperity. She has been involved with numerous nonprofit and philanthropic organizations over the course of her career and serves on a number of boards, including the Rockefeller Foundation, and is Chair of the Weingart Foundation Board of Trustees. In December 2017, Lozano will assume the role of President and CEO of The College Futures Foundation. She an extensive record in Hispanic media that began in 1985 when she joined La Opinión, the country’s leading Spanish-language daily newspaper, and became Publisher and CEO in 2004. In 2010 Lozano was named Chairman and CEO of the parent company, US Hispanic Media, and led the successful transition of the business into a highly regarded multi-media content provider of news and information important to the Latino community.


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Heather Jue Northover
Chief of Staff, Office of the Chief Deputy Director, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

At the LA County Department of Public Health, Heather Jue Northover is charged with developing solutions to complex issues involving internal operations, and building relationships to promote strategic collaborations in departmental priorities. She is currently a Fellow with the Health Equity Awakened Leadership Institute and is helping to launch the Center for Health Equity, a new county initiative that aims to ensure all communities have equal access and ability to achieve optimal health and well-being. Since joining DPH over 12 years ago, Northover has served in various capacities to address upstream determinants of health and improve health care access, utilization, and outcomes. Her prior work experience focused on adolescent health issues in clinic, school, and community settings. Northover holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA and a Master of Public Health in Community Health from New York University.


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Shauna Nep
Senior Philanthropic Advisor, Fundamental Philanthropy, Inc.

Shauna Nep began her career at the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College, where she utilized behavioral economics to increase access to healthful, affordable foods for students in the LA Unified School District. She continued this work as Program Director of the Woolly School Garden Program, where she scaled the program nationwide. As Director of Community and Innovation at the Goldhirsh Foundation, Nep helped launch LA2050, an initiative to create a better future for Los Angeles through research, community engagement, strategic grantmaking, and marketing. At Fundamental, she works with multiple philanthropic organizations, including Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the Vera R. Campbell Foundation. Nep is the Board Chair of LA-Más, a Regional Board Member of Opportunity Fund, and Curator of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Los Angeles chapter. She was chosen as one of CSQ's NextGen10 in Philanthropy, Art & Culture and as a featured urban leader by NextCity. She holds a Master’s degree in Bioethics from New York University.


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Dr. Sumun L. Pendakur
Chief Learning Officer and Director of the USC Equity Institutes at the USC Race and Equity Center

Dr. Sumun Pendakur leads three of the USC Race and Equity Center’s signature activities, all of which focus on advancing racial justice in higher education and other sectors. She serves as a consultant, speaker, and facilitator regionally and nationally, helping campuses, nonprofits, and other organizations build capacity for cultural competence, social justice, and equitable practices. Dr. Pendakur is a scholar-practitioner, whose research interests include Critical Race Theory, Asian American and Pacific Islander students, change agents, and institutional transformation.  Most recently, she served as Assistant Vice-President for Diversity and Inclusion at Harvey Mudd College, where she was also Co-Chief Diversity Officer and directed HMC's social justice education center, the Office of Institutional Diversity. Prior to that, Dr. Pendakur served as USC’s Director for Asian Pacific American Student Services. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Michigan. She received her doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from the USC Rossier School of Education.


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Jennifer Pizer
Senior Counsel and Law and Policy Director, Western Regional Office, Lambda Legal

Jennifer Pizer is Senior Counsel and Law and Policy Director for Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and people living with HIV. In addition to litigating impact cases, she develops legislation, advises policymakers, and works with community advocates to advance family law and nondiscrimination protections, and to oppose overbroad religious exemptions. Pizer has served as an adjunct professor of law at USC, Loyola, and Whittier. Before joining Lambda Legal, she litigated intellectual property and complex business cases with a leading San Francisco firm, was legal director of the National Abortion Rights Action League, and clerked for Hon. Ann Aldrich of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.  She is a graduate of NYU School of Law and Harvard College.


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Sam Polk
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Everytable
Founder and board member, Groceryships

Sam Polk is the Co-founder and CEO of Everytable, a social enterprise that sells fresh, healthy grab-and-go meals affordable for all, and founder of Groceryships, a Los Angeles nonprofit working at the intersection of poverty and obesity. Prior to becoming a social entrepreneur, Polk was a hedge fund trader on Wall Street. His memoir, For The Love of Money, was published in July 2016 by Scribner. He has penned two Op-Eds in The New York Times, and his writing has also been published in The Los Angeles Times, CNBC.com, and The Huffington Post. He is a graduate of Columbia University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.


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Diego Sepulveda
Interim Director, Dream Resource Center, UCLA Labor Center

Diego Sepulveda currently directs the Dream Resource Center at the UCLA Labor Center. He is an advocate for LGBTQ justice, immigrant rights, worker justice, environmental justice, and college affordability and accessibility. In 2014, the City of Huntington Park recognized Sepulveda as Community Leader of the Year and, most recently, he was honored among the “40 under 40 Leaders” by the Empowerment Congress, Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, and LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. He has been featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, National Public Radio, KCET, and Equality California’s #Health4All efforts. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and is currently an MBA candidate at the Graduate School of Nonprofit Management in Bel Air, CA.


TIMOTHY P. SILARD
PRESIDENT, ROSENBERG FOUNDATION

Timothy P. Silard is a widely recognized expert in racial justice, sentencing reform, and urban policy. In 2016, he was appointed by then Attorney General Kamala D. Harris as a member of the California Racial and Identify Profiling Act Advisory Board. Since joining the Rosenberg Foundation, he has led the advancement of statewide and national criminal justice reform as a core grantmaking focus. Under his leadership, the foundation is also resourcing innovative solutions in the areas of immigrants’ rights and integration. Previously, Silard worked in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, where he served as Chief of Policy, developing reforms in criminal justice, civil rights, and immigrants’ rights. He also launched the nation’s first civil rights division in a local prosecutor’s office; designing model reentry programs that have proven to sharply reduce recidivism; drafting and advocating for state and local legislation in the areas of human trafficking, sexual exploitation, and alternatives to incarceration; expanding access to services for immigrants and low-income families; and other public safety policy innovations.


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Philippe Sion
Managing Director, FSG

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Philippe Sion leads FSG’s San Francisco office and has nearly two decades of experience advising social change leaders in the corporate, nonprofit, foundation, and government sectors. He leads FSG’s relationship with several Fortune 500 corporations, including Toyota, PG&E, Chevron, and other corporations and their philanthropic arms, across multiple sectors and geographies. Sion focuses on achieving strategic clarity and scaling successful programs across geographies. Prior to FSG, Sion worked for the Bridgespan Group, McKinsey & Company, and the World Economic Forum. He was part of the team authoring WEF's Global Competitiveness Reports, and managed initiatives on corporate and global governance. Philippe holds a Master’s degree in Financial Economics from the University of London and a Bachelor’s degree equivalent from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.


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Mitchell Singer
Director, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Mitchell Singer is Director of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ Los Angeles office, where he leads client engagements and works with a range of individual, family, and corporate donors. He has over 15 years of experience in philanthropy, nonprofit management and government. Before joining RPA, he served as Associate Director of The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy at the University of Southern California. Prior to that Singer worked for The California Endowment, analyzing trends in giving, managing discretionary grant programs, and spearheading ethics programs. He has also worked as a congressional aide and caseworker for Congresswoman Jane Harman. Singer previously served on the Board of Funders for LGBTQ Issues and currently serves on the Board of Liberty Hill Foundation. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and his MBA in Nonprofit Management from American Jewish University.


Viet thanh Nguyen
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California

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Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer is a New York Times best seller and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Other honors include the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction from the American Library Association, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, a Gold Medal in First Fiction from the California Book Awards, and the Asian/Pacific American Literature Award from the Asian/Pacific American Librarian Association. Thanh Nguyen's other books are Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award in General Nonfiction) and Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America. He is the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. His current book is the bestselling short story collection, The Refugees.

Viet Thanh Nguyen joined in conversation with Maxine Hong Kingston.

Viet Thanh Nguyen on Late Night with Seth Meyers

 

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Tunua Thrash-Ntuk
Executive Director, Los Angeles Local Initiatives Support Corporation

A native Angeleno, Tunua Thrash-Ntuk is Executive Director of Los Angeles Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LA LISC). A community and economic development practitioner of more than 15 years with both nonprofit and private sector experience, her strengths range from community advocacy to asset and real estate development around neighborhood revitalization. Thrash-Ntuk has led a number of important urban initiatives in Los Angeles focused on affordable housing and commercial development, as well as transit-oriented projects. Prior to joining LISC, she served as Executive Director of West Angeles Community Development Corporation. Thrash-Ntuk serves as a board member or advisory board member to many entities, including Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco’s Affordable Housing Council, Housing California, City of LA Measure HHH Citizens Oversight Commission, Union Bank’s Community Advisory Board, and the Los Angeles Development Fund, which is the City’s New Market Tax Credit implementation group.


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Lalitha Vaidyanathan 
Managing Director, FSG

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Lalitha Vaidyanathan has been with FSG for over a decade, focused on working with corporations as well as systems change and racial equity. She is currently leading FSG’s work on corporations and racial equity, in partnership with equity leaders PolicyLink. She has also been involved in internal efforts to develop FSG’s intellectual capital and practice around systems change. In her time at FSG, Vaidyanathan has worked on many corporate engagements helping develop corporate philanthropy, shared value and corporate responsibility strategies. Her corporate clients include domestic and global organizations such as Intuit, Facebook, Google, and Eli Lilly. She started her consulting career with McKinsey & Company and subsequently co-founded and ran a venture-backed technology company in San Francisco. Vaidyanathan then worked in the social sector as Program Director for a technology workforce development organization targeted at low-income young adults. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard and a Bachelor’s in Engineering from Cambridge University.


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Danielle Wildkress
Chief Program Officer, Brilliant Corners (Los Angeles)

Danielle Wildkress recently joined Brilliant Corners as its Chief Program Officer in Los Angeles. Brilliant Corners operates Los Angeles County’s Flexible Housing Subsidy Pool on behalf of the Department of Health Services, which has been recognized as a leader in the supportive housing industry. Previously, Wildkress acted as the Northern California Director and the Los Angeles Associate Director for Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH). At CSH she collaborated with public agencies and other stakeholders on systems changes to prevent and end homelessness, with a special focus on reentry issues. Prior to CSH, Wildkress served as a Senior Policy Analyst at HomeBase, providing technical assistance for the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development on a range of issues including discharge planning. She earned her J.D. from New York Law School, where she received several awards for her commitment to civil rights and public service.


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Sabra Williams 
Director of Engagement and The Prison Project, The Actors’ Gang

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Sabra Williams has received international acclaim for her work as an actor and founder of The Actors' Gang Prison Project, including being named by President Obama as a “Champion of Change” in 2016. As the Director of The Prison Project over the last eleven years, she has overseen the program grow from one California State Prison to twelve sites, as well as programs in two Reentry facilities and Juveniles Camps. Next on the “to-do” list, a program for Correctional Officers, Police and a long-term dream of an Arts Reentry hub.


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Quetzal featuring maya jupiter and ceci bastida

Grammy Award-winning band Quetzal will kick off the day with an energetic live performance featuring vocals by Maya Jupiter and Ceci Bastida! The Chican@ rock group reflects an East LA rock soundscape composed of Mexican ranchera, cumbia, salsa, rock, R&B, folk, and fusions of international music. During the past two and a half decades, the musical force of Quetzal has created a unique cultural platform that builds community at the intersection of social activism, art, and grassroots movements. After their performance, band leader Quetzal Flores will share more about the group’s intersectional, socially engaged work.

Born in La Paz, Mexico to a Mexican Father and Turkish Mother, Maya Jupiter grew up in Sydney, Australia, where she first fell in love with Hip Hop and realized the power of music as a tool to make a difference in her community. She is a co-founder of Artivist Entertainment, which supports art and music that inspire positive social change.

Singer Ceci Bastida started performing with the Mexican punk/ska band Tijuana No! when she was 15 years old. A little more than a decade later, Ceci began pursuing her own solo music career in Los Angeles as a singer-songwriter. Ceci seamlessly incorporates social justice and contemporary issues into her music, and her newest single, "Un Sueño," features Aloe Blacc.

Tiny Desk Concert: Quetzal

Artbound Presents Studio A: Quetzal

 
 
 
 

Sessions

PLENARIES

In 1851 abolitionist Sojourner Truth embodied intersectionality in her famous, "Ain't I A Woman" speech—pinpointing the incredible contradictions she experienced as a woman, an African American, and a former slave. It would take well over a century before the term "intersectionality” was coined to capture the idea that every individual holds many different identities—each with a layer of social expectations and restrictions—that combine to shape their experience of the world around them.

In this plenary, moderator Gail Christopher will provide context for the idea of intersectionality, framing what its use looks like in philanthropy today and why it’s vital to our work. Panelists will also outline ways to support diverse, often marginalized groups by sharing examples that touch on education, criminal justice reform, intergenerational caregiving, and more. As we move from theory to action, we’ll consider practical strategies to boost the impact of our grantmaking, systems change efforts, advocacy, and civic engagement.

Intersectionality: Moving from Theory to Practice

 
Moderator: Dr. Gail Christopher Founder, Ntianu Center for Healing and Nature  

Moderator:
Dr. Gail Christopher

Founder, Ntianu Center for Healing and Nature  

Timothy Silard President, Rosenberg Foundation

Timothy Silard
President, Rosenberg Foundation

Sarita Gupta Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, Caring Across Generations    

Sarita Gupta
Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, Caring Across Generations    

Dr. Shaun R. Harper Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership & Executive Director, USC Race & Equity Center

Dr. Shaun R. Harper
Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership & Executive Director, USC Race & Equity Center

Monica Lozano Former Chairman and CEO, U.S. Hispanic Media, Inc. and Chairman, Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program

Monica Lozano
Former Chairman and CEO, U.S. Hispanic Media, Inc. and Chairman, Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program


Agents of Change: Working at the Intersection of Storytelling and Social Movements

Today, the narratives of social movements are beginning to link issues and communities once thought to be mutually exclusive. So how do we empower our grantees—who are doing on-the-ground work across many different populations and issues—to be as effective as possible in this evolving social ecosystem? An all-star panel of community leaders and thinkers will share how collaborations between movements have been enhanced by storytelling to make a tangible difference for vulnerable populations.  Join us to look at how social movements can intersect and how we can amplify our impact by sharing stories and working with partners across communities to advance an inclusive, equitable common good.

In philanthropy we enable grantees to serve people whose life experiences cut across an entire spectrum of issues. The mark of humanity is a life lived at the intersections of equity: access to cultural enrichment, an excellent education, a healthy life, fulfilling work, and a thriving community. Looking beyond the individual, social movements can provide spaces of action, freedom, and sanctuary for the groups that need equitable access the most.

Moderator: Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro Professor and Chair of Gender Studies, USC

Moderator:
Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro

Professor and Chair of Gender Studies, USC

Viet Thanh Nguyen Author, The Sympathizer and The Refugees and Professor, American Studies and Ethnicity, USC

Viet Thanh Nguyen Author, The Sympathizer and The Refugees and Professor, American Studies and Ethnicity, USC

Sarah Eagle Heart Chief Executive Officer, Native Americans in Philanthropy

Sarah Eagle Heart
Chief Executive Officer, Native Americans in Philanthropy

Funmilola Fagbamila Playwright, Activist, and Professor, Pan African Studies, Cal State LA

Funmilola Fagbamila
Playwright, Activist, and Professor, Pan African Studies, Cal State LA

Diego Sepulveda Interim Director, Dream Resource Center, UCLA Labor Center

Diego Sepulveda
Interim Director, Dream Resource Center, UCLA Labor Center


How Data Can Shape Our Equity Grantmaking: Portrait of LA County Sneak Peek

A Portrait of Los Angeles County, slated for release in November, will provide an unprecedented collection of well-being scores—including health, education, and income indicators—for individuals throughout LA County cities, unincorporated communities, Community Plan Areas, and Council Districts. The Portrait sheds light on the wellness of major racial and ethnic groups as well as Asian subgroups; women and men; and US- and foreign-born residents. Most importantly, this project will give funders and policymakers consistent, accurate data in order to identify needs among County residents, explore underlying causes of disparity, and provide a bedrock of information upon which to collaborate and more effectively support our communities. The Portrait is the result of a collaboration of 15 funders, several County departments, nonprofit organizations, and Measure of America, facilitated by SCG. Join this session for a broad overview of the report and insights into how similar studies could be commissioned for counties across Southern California.

Kristen Lewis Co-founder and Co-director, Measure of America

Kristen Lewis
Co-founder and Co-director, Measure of America

 

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

 

Addressing Health Inequity through Race-Conscious Strategies

Though the Affordable Care Act has led to expansions in health insurance coverage, racial and ethnic minorities are still more likely to have unequal access, receive poorer quality care, and have worse health outcomes. These disparities also threaten our region’s social and economic wellbeing. In this session, we will focus on the importance of explicitly addressing racism as a driver of health inequities across multiple sectors—as well as some of the ways local government and philanthropy can work together to implement race-conscious strategies. Participants will also explore the concept of structural racism, and why race and place matter in our shared efforts to improve health outcomes for all communities.

Heather Jue Northover, Chief of Staff for the Chief Deputy Director, Department of Public Health, County of Los Angeles (Moderator)

Dr. Elaine Batchlor, CEO, Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital

Rev. Alvin Herring, Director of Racial Equity and Community Engagement, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Harvey Kawasaki, Manager CEO, Chief Executive Office, County of Los Angeles


Changing the Narrative through Arts and Culture

Real, lasting social change is only possible when the public and policymakers can see beyond the stereotypes and false narratives that divide communities. In this way, arts and culture have a unique power to change perceptions, foster understanding and empathy, and ultimately, catalyze action. Philanthropy also has an essential role to play in changing hearts and minds about the overlapping issues and identities that impact our communities. Together, philanthropy and the arts are a force to be reckoned with as we magnify the impact of traditional organizing, advocacy, and communications strategies. Join this interactive conversation to learn from leaders who are advancing social change by using arts and culture to tell authentic, contextual stories about our common humanity.

Leticia Rhi Buckley, Acting Executive Director, Los Angeles County Arts Commission (Moderator)

Marya Bangee, Director of Programming, Harness and CEO, SILA Consulting

Sarah Eagle Heart, CEO, Native Americans in Philanthropy

Diego Sepulveda, Interim Director, Dream Resource Center, UCLA Labor Center

Sabra Williams, Director of Engagement and The Prison Project, The Actors’ Gang


Closing the Wealth Gap: Economic Development for Long-Term Community Benefits

It’s easy to confuse economic development (job creation, economic growth) with workforce development (skills development to connect people to job opportunities). And while we need both sides of the coin to foster a dynamic and resilient regional economy, philanthropy is just beginning to explore the enormous potential of economic development work. The creation of businesses has many positive side effects in underserved communities—generating new sources of capital and helping individuals and families develop assets that continue strengthening neighborhoods over time. Funders have a unique opportunity to support this “virtuous cycle” of capital investments in communities by helping create a supportive environment for entrepreneurship. Join this session to learn how grantmaking strategies in economic development can lead to transformative change in marginalized communities and lift them up as valued partners in Southern California’s economy.

Bill Allen, CEO, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (Moderator)

James Alva, Senior Vice President and Southern California Market Manager, Citi Community Development

Ron Fong, Executive Director, Asian Pacific Islander Small Business Program

Rudy Espinoza, Executive Director, Leadership for Urban Renewal Network

Tunua Thrash-Ntuk, Executive Director, Local Initiatives Support Corporation


Discovering How Corporate Philanthropy & CSR Can Impact Social Change
(Closed session for corporate philanthropy and CSR leaders)

As a social impact professional, you may find yourself inspired by forward-thinking ideas and approaches to social change but struggle to translate them into your work in a corporate setting. How might our conference theme of “intersectionality as an approach to systems change” apply to social impact efforts in your company? Facilitated by FSG—leading thinkers on the role of the private sector in social/systems change—the conversation will explore how such concepts play out in corporate philanthropy, CSR, and core business efforts. To kick off, FSG will offer framing thoughts based on their recent national work around 1) racial equity and corporations and 2) systems change in a polarized country. The session is also designed to maximize knowledge-sharing and idea exchange between corporate leaders on what intersectionality and systems change mean to their work. Open only to corporate attendees at the conference, this breakout will help you synthesize the concepts and issues discussed throughout the day into social change strategies that work in a corporate context.

Philippe Sion, Managing Director, FSG

Lalitha Vaidyanathan, Managing Director, FSG


Empowering Communities to Counteract Displacement and Gentrification

Bringing additional resources to traditionally underserved communities is at the heart of our work in philanthropy. Naturally, the last thing we want to see as a result of our investments are unintended consequences that negatively impact residents and the cultural character of a neighborhood. So how do we as funders grapple with investments in communities while ensuring that the community members we seek to support have access to new opportunities, capital, and resources? Join this discussion to learn about the most promising new approaches to equitable urban development, cross-sector collaboration, and place-based approaches that empower communities and maximize social impact. 

Shauna Nep, Senior Philanthropic Advisor, Fundamental Philanthropy, Inc. (Moderator)

Danielle Brazell, General Manager, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles

Yvette Lopez-Ledesma, Deputy Director, Pacoima Beautiful

Helen Leung, Co-Executive Director, LA-Más


Equity and Wellbeing of Transgender Communities

Frequently facing violence unseen, transgender communities in Southern California and across the country face challenges that cross the intersections of health, housing, race, gender, immigrant status, transportation, and class. Most disturbingly, hate crimes against LGBTQ persons rose by 24.5 percent in Los Angeles County last year with an alarming climb in attacks on transgender persons. And yet, as transgender communities continue to face significant obstacles in society, their stories remain largely unknown within the philanthropy sector. Join this session to explore issues facing this underserved segment of our community, as well as opportunities to broadly advance the equity and wellbeing of transgender persons. What are some of the best examples of programs and approaches to serve this group and how can we learn from work with other populations to better serve them? Together, we’ll explore how funders are working to strengthen transgender communities in ways that are responsive to specific community needs and also complement other aspects of their grantmaking portfolios.

Mitchell Singer, Director, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (Introductory Remarks)

Michael Fleming, Executive Director, David Bohnett Foundation (Moderator)

Gabriel Foster, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Trans Justice Funding Project

Jennifer Pizer, Senior Counsel and Law and Policy Director, Western Regional Office, Lambda Legal


Improving Education through a Racial Equity Lens

All students are impacted by broader social and structural forces that shape their educational outcomes and experiences. And while K-12 and post-secondary educators frequently encounter issues around race and racial equity in the classroom, most have had few or no opportunities to learn about race in their personal, educational, and professional upbringings. In this session, directors of the Race and Equity Center at the University of Southern California will discuss their recent efforts to teach K-12 and postsecondary educators how to incorporate racial equity into their work. Participants will explore a wide variety of strategies and tools to help educators and leaders reframe their thinking about equity, as well as strategically achieve it in K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities. We’ll also explore opportunities for philanthropic investments and partnerships to advance racial equity in education.

Dr. Charles Davis III, Chief Strategy Officer and Director of Research, USC Race and Equity Center

Dr. Shaun R. Harper, Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership & Executive Director, USC Race and Equity Center

Dr. Sumun L. Pendakur, Chief Learning Officer and Director, USC Equity Institutes, USC Race and Equity Center
 


Land of Plenty: Ending Hunger in Southern California and Beyond

One out of eight Californians does not know where their next meal will come from, despite the fact that half of the nation’s fruits and vegetables are produced in our state. On top of this, nearly one million Californians live in food deserts (areas void of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods), which are most frequently located in communities of color and low-income areas. We also know that food insecurity intersects with a wide variety of issues, and has serious impacts on an individual’s well-being, including poor school attendance and performance, lowered workplace productivity, and a variety of physical and mental health problems. Join this session to hear from local entrepreneurs who have tackled some of the intricate socioeconomic drivers of hunger through social enterprise and other innovative community investments. 

Clare Fox, Executive Director, Los Angeles Food Policy Council (Moderator)

Ron Finley, Head Trouble Maker, The Ron Finley Project

Gunnar Lovelace, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Thrive Market

Sam Polk, Co-founder and CEO, Everytable and Founder and Board Member, Groceryships


Leveraging Intersectionality in County Systems to Address Homelessness

Current or past involvement in the criminal justice system creates significant challenges for individuals, including barriers to housing and employment, and by extension, opportunities for health and stability. Participants in this session will learn how philanthropy, nonprofit, and government leaders in Los Angeles County are implementing comprehensive criminal justice systems change with an emphasis on intersections with housing and health for improved outcomes. We’ll also explore how the County’s new Office of Diversion and Reentry is collaborating across human services providers and public safety divisions to reduce cycles of incarceration and homelessness. This session will incorporate learning about how the foster youth and justice systems intersect with each other and with other topics such as racial inequity and homelessness. While our conversation will focus on work in LA County, the strategies and lessons learned from these efforts will be helpful for funders working throughout Southern California.

Andrea Iloulian, Senior Program Officer, Domestic Programs, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation (Moderator)

Corrin Buchanan, Interim Deputy Director, Office of Diversion and Reentry, Department of Health Services, County of Los Angeles

Danielle Wildkress, Chief Program Officer, Brilliant Corners

Brian Ford, Director, Probation Department, County of Los Angeles


The Role of Culture in Leading Change

Leading change requires grantmakers to have a deep understanding of their own organizational culture and how it impacts the success of our nonprofit partners. But how we initiate conversations about culture within our organizations, and how we make the connection to our external work, are not always clear. Join this session with Grantmakers for Effective Organizations for an introduction to their nationally recognized culture framework—as well as a special opportunity to approach a “change challenge” through the lens of organizational culture. You’ll also get hands-on practice using several culture tools and peer-to-peer conversations to develop a better understanding of how your existing culture either supports or gets in the way of positive organizational change. 

Kristen Scott Kennedy, Senior Manager, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

Tina Eshaghpour, Director of Organizational Learning and Evaluation, The California Wellness Foundation

  

 

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Presenting Sponsor - $25,000
Recognition as Presenting Sponsor including on-stage plenary speaking opportunity
10 full-day conference passes
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Gold Sponsor - $15,000
Recognition as presenter of a conference module including on-stage speaking opportunity
8 full-day conference passes
Logo and recognition on conference program and signage
Recognition in conference e-blasts to SCG's mailing list (3,000+ recipients)
Logo on conference webpage for one year (40,000+ unique website visitors/yr)

Silver Sponsor - $10,000
6 full-day conference passes
Logo and recognition on conference program & signage
Recognition in conference e-blasts to SCG's mailing list (3,000+ recipients)
Logo on conference webpage for one year (40,000+ unique website visitors/yr)

Bronze Sponsor - $5,000
4 full-day conference passes
Recognition on conference program, signage, and conference e-blasts to SCG's mailing list (3,000+ recipients)
Logo on conference webpage for one year

Donor - $2,500
2 full-day conference passes
Recognition on conference program,signage, and conference e-blasts to SCG's mailing list (3,000+ recipients)
Logo on conference webpage for one year

 

 
 

Location

Westin Bonaventure Hotel
404 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

>> Parking Map and Rates

Westin Bonaventure valet is $24. Self-parking at the City National Garage is $15 (with  validation). SCG will provide validation for attendees to receive these rates on the morning of the event. 

City National Parking Garage:
400 S. Flower Street
LA, CA 90071

Please enter the garage on Flower Street (first entrance on 4th Street) and take the elevator to the 7th floor (there is a Westin Bonaventure Hotel button in the elevator). From the 7th floor, exit the parking structure for access to the “Sky Bridge” walkway. Proceed across the “Sky Bridge” toward the Westin Bonaventure and enter the hotel. Follow the conference signs to the registration area. 

Please note: Parking and access to the hotel area are being impacted by construction for the new Metro line. Make sure to give yourself ample time for travel!