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The Noticing Mind: Reaching Beyond Gratitude

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
10:00am - 11:30am

This 90-minute workshop is for leaders who want to lead with authenticity and know that practice makes progress. The Noticing Mind is a fresh way to reimagine your leadership development. The Noticing Mind begins with the practice of gratitude.

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Next Steps and Implementation: An Update on the Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness 2018 Report

Friday, October 30, 2020
10:00am - 11:15am

Join the Funders Together to End Homelessness (FTEH) – Los Angeles network and Southern California Grantmakers for an informative presentation led by Jacqueline Waggoner, VP and Southern California Market Leader – Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.; Dr. Va Lecia Adams- Kellum, Executive Director – St. Joseph’s Center; Reba Stevens – (TITLE).

Nearly two years ago, the groundbreaking Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness Report was released with more than 65 recommendations for the County. Waggoner, Adams-Kellum, and Stevens will share what work has taken place, the latest in next steps towards implementation, and how philanthropy may get involved to continue to advance equity and eliminate racial disparities impacting Black people experiencing homelessness across Los Angeles County.

About Funders Together to End Homelessness: FTEH is a diverse network of over 230 philanthropic organizations dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness. Because homelessness has no single cause or solution, members are engaged in many grantmaking activities, ranging from homelessness to related areas like housing, health care, education, workforce development, child welfare, domestic violence, and food security. The Los Angeles Chapter has planned an event.



Jacqueline Waggoner

Enterprise Community Partners, President of Solutions

Jacqueline Waggoner is President of Solutions, for Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. She leads a team of over 300 talented Enterprisers across the country, driving Enterprise’s programmatic, policy and advisory work in alignment with our strategic priorities: Increase Housing Supply, Advance Racial Equity, and Build Upward Mobility and Resilience.

Prior to her promotion to president in October 2020, Jacqueline was vice president and Southern California market leader. She led Enterprise’s affordable housing, community development, investment and strategic programs serving the state’s Central Coast to San Diego, with particular focus to the Los Angeles region.

Jacqueline started with Enterprise in 2005. During her tenure, she has deployed capital, intellectual resources and capacity building tools to achieve Enterprise’s strategic and production goals, leading to more than $1.3 billion in Enterprise investments locally. With her experience in commercial real estate lending spanning more than 24 years, she has worked with the city of Los Angeles, banks and nonprofit developer partners to create local funds for affordable housing, advocate for low-income families and advance Enterprise’s vision of providing affordable homes in vibrant communities.

She serves vice chair on the 10-member Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Commission, the agency’s governing board, and was appointed by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. She serves as chair of LAHSA's Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness, which produced a ground-breaking report with 67 recommendations to advance equity and eliminate disparities. Jacqueline is a board member for the Los Angeles Business Council, the California Community Reinvestment Corporation, Restore Neighborhoods LA, Inc., and the board of governors for the California Housing Consortium. Jacqueline additionally serves on the steering committees for LA Thrives, a collaborative advancing equitable transit-oriented development, LA Funders' Collaborative, a network promoting healthy, equitable and sustainable communities, and the Committee for a Greater LA, a diverse group of civic and community leaders focused on a just pandemic recovery plan.

Prior to joining Enterprise, Jacqueline was vice president of Wells Fargo’s Community Banking Real Estate Group. A Los Angeles native, she has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in urban planning from UCLA.

Reba Stevens

Advocate and Person with Lived Experience

A Los Angeles native, Jacqueline has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in urban planning from UCLA.

Reba Stevens is dedicated to using her real-life experience to advocate for community members who are experiencing homelessness, criminal justice involved, impacted by substance abuse as well as for residents who need or utilize mental health services in Los Angeles County.

She is powerfully committed to ensuring systems are responsive and accessible to those who need them the most.

Prior to being diagnosed with mental illness and beginning her personal road to recovery, Ms. Stevens lived on and off the streets of Los Angeles for 21 years. She recalls the many fears and trauma associated with being homeless; overwhelming, depression, stress, anxiety, feelings of shame, remorse and incomprehensible demoralization. Her understanding of the homeless, health/mental health systems in L.A. County, together with her experience and deep knowledge and empathy for those who are experiencing homelessness, deeply inform her unwavering conviction that solutions must be based on an individual’s needs and experiences. Ms. Stevens pursues these solutions relentlessly.

Dr. Va Lecia Adams Kellum

President & CEO, St. Joseph Center

Dr. Va Lecia Adams Kellum joined St. Joseph Center in 2008. During her tenure, St. Joseph Center has tripled its staff, expanded its range of services, and broadened its geographic reach to encompass all of LA County, with major service centers on the Westside, in South Los Angeles, and in Downtown LA.

Under Dr. Adams Kellum’s leadership, St. Joseph Center consistently applies best practices to serve new populations and new areas through significant collaboration with governmental, nonprofit, and private sector partners. The Center is a trailblazer in deploying integrated, multidisciplinary teams to help the most vulnerable homeless individuals obtain and maintain stable housing. Since the inception of LA County’s Coordinated Entry System, St. Joseph Center has served as the lead agency for both Individuals and Families on LA’s Westside.

Dr. Adams Kellum serves on the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s No Place Like Home Program Advisory Committee, a role she was appointed to by Governor Jerry Brown and is continuing in under Governor Gavin Newsom. She served as an appointed member on the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness, and is the former Chair of the Westside Coalition and represented the Westside on the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Coordinating Council for many years. She currently serves on the board of directors for Tarzana Treatment Center, located in the San Fernando Valley, Abode Communities, based in Downtown LA, and Housing California, based in Sacramento.



Kameron Green

Director, Professional Learning and Communities

As Director, Professional Learning and Communities, Kameron plays a significant leadership role in developing and implementing SCG’s Professional Learning strategy and programs for members. This includes managing the day-to-day operations of SCG’s Professional Development portfolio, Family Philanthropy offerings, and relationships with peer and affinity groups. Kameron is also responsible for ensuring high quality professional learning experiences are made available to enable SCG members to continually increase their knowledge, skills, competencies, career development and networks.

Kameron is a member of The Prytanean Women's Honor Society, the Alliance for Women in Media, and is a member of the Board of Directors for Central City Neighborhood Partners (CCNP), a leading non-profit organization committed to advancing systemic change to benefit low-income communities through collaborations. Kameron graduated from The University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Media Communications.

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No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and SDG members and eligible non-members

SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
NCG & SDG members: Please contact [email protected] to register.
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account, contact us.
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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A.P.I. V -- Tour – Leaders Who “Adapt, Persist, and Innovate” During COVID-19

Thursday, October 22, 2020
12:00pm - 1:30pm

Registration for this program has closed. Please contact Monica Banks at if you have any questions or concerns.

Journey with us as we take our annual AAPIP-LA Van Tour on the road, virtually.  We invite you to take a lunchtime pit stop out of your day to visit with dynamic leaders of AANHPI serving organizations to share a little about their work, including how they have been able to adapt, persist, and innovate during COVID-19.  This “A.P.I. V-Tour” will explore new data from the Asian Pacific Community Fund’s API Nonprofit COVID-19 Needs Assessment, which shows how the pandemic has specifically impacted nonprofits serving AANHPI communities. 

Together we will learn about their organization’s journey in the last few months, how they see their future, and learn about funding gaps and how we as funders can make an impact and support community needs. 

Information subject to change. Event details will be emailed to registrants closer to the event. 



Christine Najung Lee, MSW

Program Manager, Asian Pacific Community Fund

Christine oversees APCF’s Asian & Pacific Islander (API) nonprofit sector capacity building programs, grants management, volunteer program as well as other resource development programs. With over a decade of experience in the API nonprofit field, she has served at various Los Angeles-based organizations, including the Koreatown Youth & Community Center, Little Tokyo Service Center, Asian & Pacific Islander Older Adults Task Force, NAKASEC, and a community health clinic in Koreatown. In addition to program management experience in public health, community outreach, cultural competency, youth leadership development, and community organizing, Christine has a background in journalism, with a feature article having won the New American Award. She currently sits on the board for The K.W. Lee Center for Leadership and the Steering Committee of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy-Los Angeles (AAPIP-LA), and was formerly elected and served on the Wilshire Center-Koreatown Neighborhood Council. Christine holds a Master of Social Welfare (MSW) as well as a bachelor’s degree in English and Asian American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Cynthia Sanchez, Esq.,

Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center

Cynthia Sanchez currently serves as Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center, a 30-year-old nonprofit organization that provides peacebuilding and restorative justice services and training to the underserved and underrepresented communities in Los Angeles County, including incarcerated children. Ms. Sanchez is an attorney and mediator with years of nonprofit, corporate, and government experience specializing in the areas of: conflict resolution, domestic and international copyright law and policy, enforcement, nonprofit management, technical assistance, capacity building, program development, outreach, training, and rule of law.

Susana Snigem

Executive Director, United Cambodian Community

Susana Sngiem is the first second-generation Cambodian-American woman to serve as Executive Director of the United Cambodian Community. Since assuming the role in 2015, she has expanded UCC’s impact by building economic opportunities in the Cambodian community. Her parents survived the Khmer Rouge and immigrated to Long Beach in the early 1980’s, where Susana was born and raised. She earned her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California and has over 13 years of nonprofit experience. Susana was recognized for her leadership with the CCEJ Human Relations Award in 2019 and the “Go Long Beach” Award from Mayor Robert Garcia. She currently serves as chair of the City of Long Beach Homeless Services Advisory Committee and as board member of Long Beach Community Action Partnership, Midtown Business and Property Owners Association, Long Beach First Friends Church, and Asian Pacific Islander American Professional Network. During her free time, Susana enjoys hiking with her fiancé, eating delicious food with friends, and playing hide and go seek with her nephew and nieces.

Tracy Zhao (She/They) 

Executive Director of API Equality – LA.

Tracy Zhao (pronouns: she/they) is a passionate advocate for LGBTQ communities of color. She is the Executive Director of API Equality-LA, a grassroots Asian and Pacific Islander (API) LGBTQ rights and racial justice organization in Los Angeles. Tracy has worked with many progressive coalitions and community groups in Los Angeles on issues ranging from trans and queer immigrants’ rights, decolonizing Western science, and training young API organizers in direct action organizing. Tracy is currently a board member for the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON) in Los Angeles.

Presented in partnership with:


No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current AAPIP, SCG members, and eligible non-members

Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
AAPI members contact us at [email protected] 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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