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Education Funders Group: An Update on LA County’s Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
10:00am - 11:30am
Where: 
Virtual

As the year comes to an end parents and educators are anxiously awaiting to hear plans on the reopening of schools. SCG’s Education Funders Group invites you to join us for a briefing on how LA County’s Department of Public Health is working with school districts and charter schools on the safety measures being taken for the reopening of schools.

The Education Funders Group brings philanthropic funders together quarterly to learn about issues, trends, and needs in the field of education to inform individual and collective grantmaking. Over the years, the group has explored a variety of topics, including early childhood education, after school programming, parent engagement, blended learning, linked learning, STEM, implementation of the common core, and college access/college success.

 

Speakers

Myrna Castrejón

President and Chief Executive Officer, CCSA

As the leader of CCSA, Myrna Castrejón has managed the membership organization representing California's public charter schools since January 2019.

Prior to assuming the role of President and CEO, she served for nearly three years as the Founding Executive Director of Great Public Schools Now, an organization created in winter 2015. As the Executive Director, Myrna led Great Public Schools Now's strategy to transform public education in Los Angeles by expanding high-quality public schools of diverse governance models in the areas most in need of support.

Before that assignment, Myrna worked at the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) in various key leadership roles since its founding in late 2003, leading the government affairs, local advocacy, quality, school development, and research and evaluation portfolios at various times. Her work with CCSA was preceded by a decade in school reform efforts in Texas and Los Angeles.

In the late 1990s-early 2000s, Myrna served as a consultant to the state-funded Urban Education Partnership/LAUSD, helping to develop eight innovative early education service centers in the most high-need areas of Los Angeles; served as VP of School and Family Networks for the Los Angeles Alliance for Student Achievement and the director for family engagement for the Los Angeles Annenberg Metropolitan Project.

In Texas, Myrna spearheaded parent and community engagement efforts at the El Paso Collaborative for Academic Excellence, a K-16 systemic reform initiative and served for nearly a decade as a key education leader, supporting community organizing strategies for the Southwest Industrial Areas Foundation and its statewide Alliance Schools Initiative to develop parent, teacher and community capacity to transform low-performing schools into high achieving centers for community-wide change.

Whether in community organizing efforts or through her leadership on the national board of Parents for Public Schools, Myrna cemented her professional ‘north star’ orientation early: to center the needs of students and parents and give their children high-quality education opportunities when faced with so few equitable choices. Her passion for this critical work is personal too - as a single mother and an immigrant - driven by what she knows is possible when commitment, opportunity and urgency meet to help families carve out better futures.

Myrna is a member of the Aspen Pahara Education Fellowship's eighth class and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Myrna and her son share their home with two black cats and the six different brass instruments her son plays in his quest to feature in a college marching band. Will it be USC? UCLA? Stay tuned…

Valerie Cuevas

Senior Program Officer for Education, The California Community Foundation

Valerie Cuevas serves as Senior Program Officer for Education at the California Community Foundation. With expertise in educational equity, state legislative policy and K-12 governance, she most recently led Education grantmaking strategy as the Senior Program Officer for Education at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF). She entered philanthropy after a significant tenure with Education Trust-West, where she focused on public policy advocacy and program work that improved educational outcomes for all students pre-Kinder through college. Additionally, Valerie recently completed two-terms as a publicly elected school board member and served as President of the West Contra Costa Unified Board of Education, a middle-sized, urban Bay area school district serving approximately 30,000 children, seventy-five percent of whom are English learners, low-income and/or foster youth students. Valerie is a proud product of California’s public education system and a staunch advocate for kids. She is frequently featured in the media for her respected expertise and education equity advocacy.

Debra Duardo, M.S.W., Ed.D.

Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools

Debra Duardo was appointed Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors effective May 15, 2016, designating her as the top education leader of the nation’s most populous and diverse county.

Previously executive director of Student Health and Human Services for the Los Angeles Unified School District, Dr. Duardo now serves as the chief executive officer for the Los Angeles County Office of Education, and as secretary of the County Board of Education. In this post, Dr. Duardo provides leadership and support to the superintendents and other top administrators of the county’s 80 K-12 school districts.

She has 30 years of professional experience working with at-promise students and their families. Her unique life experience as a high school dropout able to overcome obstacles and rise to the position of executive director drives her passion to ensure that all students receive an education in a safe, caring environment and that every student is college-prepared and career ready.

As LAUSD’s executive director of Student Health and Human Services, she was responsible for the administrative oversight of support services and district programs including Student Medical Services, School Nursing, School Mental Health, Pupil Services, Dropout Prevention and Recovery, Health Education, Community Partners, and Medi-Cal programs.

She holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a doctorate from UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Appointed by former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, she also served as a City Commissioner on the Commission for Community and Family Services. Dr. Duardo is currently the Chair of the National Dropout Prevention Network Board of Directors which she has served on since 2006.

Dr. Barbara Ferrer

Director of Public Health, Los Angeles County

Dr. Barbara Ferrer is a nationally‐known public health leader with over 30 years of professional experience as a philanthropic strategist, public health director, educational leader, researcher, and community advocate. She has a proven track record of working collaboratively to improve population outcomes through efforts that build health and education equity.

Most recently, Dr. Ferrer served as the Chief Strategy Officer for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where she was responsible for developing the strategic direction for critical program‐related work and providing leadership to the foundation’s key program areas: Education & Learning; Family Economic Security; Food, Health & Well‐Being; Racial Equity; Community Engagement; and Leadership Development.

Prior to working at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Dr. Ferrer served as the Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission, where she led a range of public health programs and built innovative partnerships to address inequities in health outcomes and support healthy communities and healthy families. During her time as Executive Director, Dr. Ferrer secured federal, state, and local funding for critical public health infrastructure and community‐based programs. Under her leadership, the City of Boston saw significant improvements in health outcomes, including a decrease in the rates of childhood obesity, smoking, and infant mortality.

Dr. Ferrer has also served as Director of Health Promotion & Chronic Disease Prevention and Director of the Division of the Maternal & Child Health at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. As a headmaster at a district high school in Boston, she led efforts to significantly improve high school graduation rates and ensure that every graduating senior was accepted to college. Dr. Ferrer received her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from Brandeis University, a Master of Arts in Public Health from Boston University, a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Cassy Horton

Vice President, Greater Los Angeles Local Advocacy

Cassy is Vice President, Greater Los Angeles Local Advocacy. She leads CCSA's cross-functional efforts to secure public policy wins that improve education equity throughout Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. Cassy is a mission-driven leader with more than a decade of experience engaging and activating social and public sector stakeholders to deliver meaningful change in California. Her expertise includes government relations, strategic communications, and social impact. She studied political science and public affairs at U.C.L.A, and is pursuing her M.B.A. through the University of Chicago Booth's Civic Scholars program for leading government and nonprofit professionals from across the U.S.. Cassy was the president of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network- Los Angeles, serves as a Chair of Booth Social Impact, and has volunteered with dozens of community-based organizations and political campaigns. When she is offline you can find her camping in the mountains or playing rec-league volleyball.


Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG members

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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SCG's Health Funders Group: Leveraging Tech to Support Families — Lessons from Home Visiting in LA County

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
1:00pm - 2:30pm

The COVID-19 crisis has spurred the increased adoption of virtual platforms facilitating access to family supports and health services more than ever before. Virtual social services are increasingly demanding engagement with technology to enroll in care, access personal health information, and communicate with providers.

Home visiting programs provide information, guidance, mental health, and developmental screening and connect families with health services and other resources in their communities to meet their needs. These programs are not only associated with improved health and family outcomes but are also key to advancing health equity and addressing disparities. However, not all families have equal access to devices, connectivity, and the capacity to use technology effectively. Parents and caregivers have not received adequate training or support to assume these increased responsibilities across systems. While the utilization of virtual home visits is rising – one program model had over 6,000 visits conducted virtually since March 2020, with approximately 75% occurring on virtual platforms – such digital engagement is difficult for families who may have limited digital literacy, language barriers, and time constraints. 

Join SCG’s Health Funders Group on December 1st to discuss the home visiting system-building effort in LA County and how providers pivoted to meet the needs of families during the pandemic. Attendees will learn about county-wide efforts to build a highly integrated and comprehensive home visiting services system following recent Supervisorial Board Motions. Panelists will include county leaders, philanthropic investors, and home visitors who will discuss lessons learned and opportunities to engage on future policy and systems change efforts to provide sustainable and flexible access to home visiting services. 

 

Speakers: 

Deborah Allen

Deputy Director, The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Deborah Allen is Deputy Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, where she heads the Bureau of Health Promotion. Divisions within the bureau include Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health, Women’s Health, Children’s Medical Services, and Substance Abuse Prevention and Care. Bureau programs take a holistic approach, addressing health needs in the context of family and community. Like all programs of the Department of Public Health, they emphasize elimination of health inequality as a central goal. Dr. Allen is new to the Department of Public Health and to Los Angeles. She served previously as Director of Child, Adolescent and Family Health at the Boston Public Health Commission, as Associate Professor of Maternal and Child Health at the Boston University School of Public and as director of the Division for Special Health Needs at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 

Dr. Allen received the MCHB Director’s Award and the Federation for Children with Special Needs Executive Director’s Award in 2016; the Coalition for Excellence in MCH Epidemiology Outstanding Leadership Award in 2014; the American Public Health Association Maternal and Child Health Section Outstanding Leadership Award in 2013; the Massachusetts Association for Behavioral Healthcare Children’s Behavioral Health Award in 2012; and the Boston University School of Public Health Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009, 2010 and 2012. She currently chairs the Maternal and Child Health Section of the American Public Health Association and serves on the board of CityMatCH, the national organization of urban maternal and child health leaders. Throughout her career, she has served on multiple leadership and advisory committees for maternal and child health programs at local, state and national levels. Dr. Allen has a doctorate in Maternal and Child Health and master’s degrees in MCH and Health Policy and Management from the Harvard University School of Public Health.

Christina Altmayer 

Vice President of Programs, First 5 LA

Christina Altmayer previously served as the Executive Director of the Children and Families Commission of Orange County, where she successfully led the organization through a comprehensive strategic planning and implementation process and oversaw a program funding portfolio of $35 million. In this capacity, Altmayer has helped lead several high impact efforts, including initiatives related to developmental screening and early intervention, kindergarten readiness, and oral health. Prior to this role, Altmayer was the President of Altmayer Consulting, Inc. and specialized in management consulting to public and nonprofit agencies.

In her consulting practice, she served as Project Director for the Pediatric Health Services (PHS) Program for the Orange County Children and Families Commission for 12 years. She also worked with numerous Children and Families Commissions throughout California, including First 5 LA, as well as the County of Los Angeles, on long-term financial planning, strategy development, program design, and implementation, and evaluation. Altmayer earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics, and later, a Master of Arts in Public Administration from St. John’s University in New York.

Raysa Barrientos

Family Support Counselor; Home visitor; HFA-F5LA, The Children’s Bureau

Ms. Barrientos is currently a Family Support Counselor with Children’s Bureau. Her responsibilities include case management, administration of developmental screenings, supporting her families with resources, parent education, and assisting families in crisis situations. Ms. Barrientos received her bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development. Ms. Barrientos started her role as a Family Support Counselor with Children’s Bureau in 2017, prior to her current position she has experience working as a Behavior Therapist working with children that have developmental delays. Her content knowledge is working with families and children 0 to 5. During her time with Children’s Bureau Ms. Barrientos has helped with training new Family Support Counselors and supported the team due to the expansion of the home visitation programs. Ms. Barrientos is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Social Work at California State University, Long Beach.

Jeanna Capito

Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis, The Los Angeles County Early Care and Education System

Jeanna Capito has been working in the prenatal to five fields for nearly 25 years with experience including the management of child-care programming, Early Head Start, Head Start, developmentally oriented pediatrics, national home visiting models, and child welfare programming. Capito has focused on developing state and local initiatives to increase the quality of programs, access by families, and capacity of professionals and communities through systems change across social services agencies, education systems, home visiting services, public health programming, and healthcare systems. Capito’s work has involved managing projects including the development of birth to three Early Learning Guidelines, recommending and implementing quality support structures for home visiting, crafting national scale learning communities across Head Start and child care with their respective federal offices, managing comprehensive fiscal analysis and cost modeling projects, and building a technical assistance structure for collaboration building. Capito brings a strong working knowledge of both state and local systems, including work on policies and recommendations to ensure that systems at each level inform one another and are built in response to the characteristics of each other. Capito’s consulting includes work building on her expertise in budget creation and management building build the complementary fiscal, governance and management systems that support collaboration and program implementation. 

Leslie Eichberg

Parent Coach Supervisor/ MCHA

Leslie Eichberg is a Parent Coach Supervisor for Maternal and Child Health Access (MCHA) Welcome Baby program. Leslie has worked with MCHA for over 11 years and was part of the Welcome Baby pilot program. Leslie provided shadowing and coaching other parent coaches from 14 other Welcome Baby programs as part of the Family Strengthening Oversight Entity (FSOE). Leslie provides mentoring, support and coaching for the staff she supervises to ensure the Welcome baby approach and fidelity of the program model is sustained . Leslie is passionate about breastfeeding education and providing culturally competent services to her clients and within her community utilizing a strength-based approach. Leslie is a mother and a champion breastfeeder  to her two young children Brady and Olivia. In her free time Leslie enjoys spending time with her husband Ernie and their children.

 

Cynthia Harding, M.P.H

Executive Member of the LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment

Cynthia Harding is the Chief Strategist for Interdepartmental Initiatives for the Los Angeles County Department of Human Resources (DHR). In this role, she facilitates and implements transformational initiatives of importance to the Board of Supervisors, Chief Executive Office and DHR. She provides executive-level consulting services to other County Departments in order to transform service delivery, build new services or staffing models, provide oversight on executive projects, or develop new entrepreneurial services. Prior to coming to DHR, she worked in the Department of Public Health for 35 years in a variety of different public health programs, including serving as the Chief Deputy Director, Interim Director, and running Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health, Tobacco Control, and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Programs.

Ms. Harding is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and taught as a visiting professor at the National School of Public Health in Brazil. Ms. Harding has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Health from Brown University, a Masters of Public Health from UCLA, and a Certificate of Management from USC’s Center of Excellence in Health Care Management.

In addition to her work for the County, Ms. Harding is a musician, playing a number of different instruments from Latin America. She performs Latin American folk jazz with her husband in the Ciro Hurtado Band and with her sister in Conjunto Jardin (pronounced con-HUN-toe har-DEEN), a group that performs the music of Veracruz, Mexico.

 

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Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG members

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected].

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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2020 Election Debrief: What is Next for the Environment in Southern California?

Friday, November 20, 2020
10:30am - 12:00pm
Where: 
Webinar

This funder convening will take place two and a half weeks after what many believe is one of the most consequential elections in this nation’s history.

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LA Arts Funders Meeting - October

Thursday, October 8, 2020
9:30am - 10:30am
Where: 
Virtual

LA Arts Funders is delighted to welcome Eddie Torres, President & CEO of Grantmakers in the Arts. Eddie will share his reflections on this moment for America’s cultural funding community, the ways we’re responding to the pandemic and systemic racism, and how we’re creating our futures.

 

Speaker

Eddie Torres

President & CEO, Grantmakers in the Arts

Edwin Torres joined Grantmakers in the Arts as president & CEO in October 2017. Torres served on the GIA board of directors from 2011 through 2016. He most recently served as deputy commissioner of cultural affairs for New York City, where he worked on elements of the city’s long-term sustainability plan, a study of and efforts to support the diversity of the city’s cultural organizations and the city’s first cultural plan. Prior to joining the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, he was a program officer with The Rockefeller Foundation, where he worked on the foundation’s support for arts and culture, jobs access, and resilience. He has also served in the dean’s office at Parsons the New School for Design, on the arts and culture team at The Ford Foundation as well as on the staff of the Bronx Council on the Arts. He holds a Master of Arts in Art History from Hunter College and a Master of Science in Management from The New School.

Recurring Dates:

  • Thursday, October 8, 2020 | 10:00am-11:00am PST
  • Thursday, December 3, 2020 | 10:00am-11:00am PST

Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
LA Arts Funders Group is open to public and private sector grantmakers that fund arts grants in the Southern California region. Grantmaking organizations that also solicit funds are expected to designate representatives whose role involves program and/or policy, not solely development. Philanthropic consultants must be current members of Southern California Grantmakers.

If you aren't an SCG member and haven't attended an LA Arts Funders meeting before, please email Morgan Bennett at [email protected] to confirm your eligibility.

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

No Solicitation Policy
Please note that LA Arts Funders has a no solicitation policy in order to allow for candid peer discussions among philanthropy colleagues.

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Systemic Racism as a Public Health Crisis and Its Impact on Health and Mental Health

Thursday, September 3, 2020
10:00am - 11:30am
Where: 
Webinar

Health funders have long raised concerns about health disparities in communities of color, and the current pandemic has only exacerbated these inequalities. Data continues to show that Black, Indigenous, and people of color have higher rates of infant mortality, heart disease, and even an advanced aging process due to stress and trauma. We are now at a pivotal moment, and cities and counties across the country are declaring racism as a public health crisis, including San Bernardino County. By declaring racism as a public health emergency, officials recognize systemic racism as a problem that needs to address. Join our next Health Funders Group to dive deeper into the root causes of systemic racism and its impact on the health and mental health of communities of color.

 

Moderator

Kaci Patterson

Owner, Social Good Solutions and Chief Strategist, Black Equity Initiative

Kaci Patterson brings over 18 years of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors to her consulting practice. She began her career in the nonprofit sector while in college and soon developed a passion to push the world forward by expanding educational, economic and political opportunities for people of color. Always with an eye toward human and community development, Kaci works with philanthropic institutions, nonprofit organizations and public entities to design, operationalize and manage strategic initiatives from concept to implementation. Her passion is advancing community-driven solutions to social change.

Prior to consulting, Kaci held entry-to-executive-level roles within the nonprofit sector, leading capacity building, education advocacy and social justice initiatives; serving networks of organizations, and, over 1,000 civil society leaders and public officials worldwide. In addition to managing multi-million-dollar grant-making portfolios in the United States and abroad, Kaci has created programs recognized as breakthrough contributions to the field: The School Boards and Community Engagement Initiative was highlighted by Harder+ Co Community Research in 2011 as a transformational strategy. In 2014, she co-founded and launched B.L.A.C.C. (Building Leaders and Cultivating Change), a grassroots social activism fund. She was named a 2016 California Community Foundation Unsung Hero of Los Angeles for her work with the fund; and, has served as the Chief Strategist for the Black Equity Initiative since 2017, a racial justice, systems change effort.

Speakers

 

Eraka Bath, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Vice Chair for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion — UCLA

Dr. Bath is the Director of Child Forensic Services, Associate Professor in Department of Psychiatry, and an Associate Chair for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. She is board certified in child and adolescent, adult and forensic psychiatry. Dr. Bath has a long-standing interest in health care disparities, minority and community mental health, with particular interest in addiction and trauma within the special populations of juvenile justice and foster care youth. Dr. Bath has dedicated her time to working with vulnerable populations and their families and consults regularly with the court system. Her portfolio of research includes funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Drug Abuse, PCORI, and Los Angeles County Department of Probation, which includes researching the efficacy of short-term, family based interventions for youth involved in the delinquency system as well as the trajectories of commercially sexually exploited girls.

Dr. Bath obtained her undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley, her medical degree at Howard University College of Medicine, and completed her child psychiatry and forensic training at NYU School of Medicine where she was on faculty prior to joining UCLA.

Jae Canas

Senior Administrative Analyst, Department of Mental Health-UCLA PP4W — Public Partnership 4 Wellbeing

Jae Canas is currently a Sr. Administrative Analyst with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH) and the UCLA Public Partnership for Wellbeing (PPFW) and a member of the DMH Strike Team led by Gita Murthy Consulting. In that capacity he brings an academic, direct service, and community lens to initiatives designed to meet the needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized people in Los Angeles County.

As a former youth under the supervision of the LA County Department of Children and Family Service (DCFS) and prior resident at MacLaren Hall, Jae is inspired by his lived experience to transform systems of care and focus on innovative strategies that improve the wellbeing of children & youth. Jae is driven by a passion for justice, equity, and inclusion to cocreate human centered content for individuals and organizations supporting children, youth, and families.

Jae holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Minor in Disability Studies from UCLA. Jae will begin a Master of Public Health for Health Professionals Program at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health in October 2020.

Rev. Sam Casey

Executive Director, Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (COPE), San Bernardino

Pastor Samuel J. Casey is the Senior Pastor & Co-Founder of New Life Christian Church in Fontana with his wife Pastor Tamika Casey. The Lord led him along with his wife Pastor Tamika Casey to launch their ministry in October 2013. Pastor Samuel J. Casey began his ministry 25 years ago at Mt. Olive 2nd MBC in Watts, CA under the leadership of Pastor E. Winford Bell. Under the covering of Pastor E. Winford Bell, Pastor Samuel J. Casey was licensed at Mt. Olive 2nd MBC in 1994 and ordained in 2002. In 2001 the Lord relocated Pastor Casey and his family to Imani Christian Cathedral under Bishop Jelani F. Kafela, where he served as the Assistant Pastor to Bishop Kafela. 


Pastor Casey also serves as the Executive Director of Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (COPE). COPE, founded in 2000, is dedicated to building effective leadership among clergy, community members and local parents through local, regional, and national trainings that build the capacity of individuals to revitalize the communities in which the live, work, and worship. COPE has successfully led and organized outreach campaigns in support of key legislative policies including AB 743, San Bernardino City Unified School Districts Task Force for African American Student Achievement, Local Control Funding Formula, Prop 30, Prop 47, School Discipline Reform that will ultimately seeks to eradicate the School-to-Prison Pipeline, and Civic Engagement Campaigns that seeks to engage voters beyond election cycles. More recently he lead the ReTHINK Public Safety SB Coalition in demanding that San Bernardino County Declares Racism a Public Health Crisis on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.
           
Pastor Casey has received numerous awards for his Social Justice/Prophetic Work in the community including the 2105 Assembly Member Cheryl Brown’s Men of Distinction Award, 2014 Black Rose Award and the 2012 NAACP Advocacy and Justice Award. Additionally, Pastor Casey was appointed to the Fontana Parks and Recreation Commission in 2015 and served until 2016. Pastor Casey and his wife Tamika have three daughters. Samantha (25) who is a Registered Nurse in Atlanta, GA, Tamia (23) who is  Bio-Chemist living in Delaware, and their youngest child Kourtny (21) who just completed 4 years  serving in the United Stated Navy.

Felicia Jones

Associate Director, COPE

Felicia Jones is the Associate Director with Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (COPE) in San Bernardino, CA. COPE trains and mobilizes clergy, parents, youth, and community leaders as grassroots organizers to build people power to full it’s mission to “revitalize their communities in which they live, work, and worship.” In this role, she supports the organization’s multi-issue social justice organizing through campaign strategy, policy advocacy, and grassroots leadership development. She was trained and mentored by the late Rev. Eugene Williams, founder of  Regional Congregations and Neighborhood Organization (RCNO), faith-centered organizing model rooted in black liberation.  She served as the Associate Director with Los Angeles Metropolitan Churches where she led the organization’s school improvement efforts.  She continued her focus in education advocacy as the Director of Community Engagement and Advocacy with Families in Schools, a parent advocacy organization and served as a former Board Chair and Deputy Director with Community Asset Development Re-defining Education (CADRE), a South LA based parent-led organization who works to ensure that all children are rightfully educated regardless of where they live.  She is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles College and a single mother.

Stephanie Teleki, Ph.D.

Director, Learning & Impact, California Health Care Foundation

Stephanie Teleki is CHCF’s director of Learning and Impact. She partners with the foundation’s program teams to support organizational learning, evaluate the foundation’s investments, and optimize impact. Stephanie also leads the foundation’s portfolio in maternity care as part of CHCF’s focus on high-value care. This portfolio currently includes work to improve maternal mental health care, and work to promote birth equity for Black mothers / birthing people.*

Previously, Stephanie led CHCF’s transparency-focused efforts to establish and then expand both the California Maternal Data Center and the California Joint Replacement Registry. She also developed projects to track cancer care quality and costs in the state. Prior to joining CHCF, Stephanie was a policy analyst in the health unit of RAND Corporation, where she conducted health policy research and evaluations for such clients as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, and private-sector health plans. She has also held research and management positions at Kaiser Permanente, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Stephanie received a bachelor’s degree in English and history from Amherst College, a master’s of public health in health services research and policy from the University of Texas at Houston School of Public Health, and a doctorate of philosophy in health services research and policy from the University of California, Los Angeles, Fielding School of Public Health.

*We use the term “birthing people” to recognize that not all people who become pregnant and give birth identify as a woman or a mother.

The SCG Health Funders Group is a peer group of funders seeking to improve the health and well-being of the communities they serve. These facilitated sessions provide opportunities for shared learning and collaboration. All funders seeking to address barriers to health and equity through an intersectional approach are welcome.


Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG members

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

About this Location
This location is ADA compliant, has dedicated nursing rooms, and gender-neutral restrooms available.

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SCG Environmental Funders Group: How to Be an Anti-Racist Environmental Movement

Friday, August 21, 2020
10:30am - 12:00pm

As the Black Lives Matter movement has made clear, white supremacy and systemic racism are root causes of injustice, violence, and inequality, and these forces contribute to environmental injustice, degradation, and destruction.

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