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Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection

Monday, May 12, 2014
9:00am - 11:00am PDT
Children's Bureau - Magnolia Place Family Center
1910 Magnolia Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90007
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $100.00
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Following the tragic death of an eight-year-old boy, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors created the Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection to review our current child protection system and make recommendations to improve child safety and prevent future tragedies. 

Join your colleagues and Commission Chairman David Sanders, Executive Vice President of Systems Improvement at Casey Family ProgramsKim Belshé, Executive Director of First 5 LA, and Winnie Wechsler, Executive Director of the Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation, to learn about the recommendations and how philanthropy can play a leading role in the implementation process. 

This session will be moderated by Aileen Adams, Co-Executive Director of the LA County Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection, and will feature leading child welfare advocates from the philanthropic sector.

We will focus particularly on how we as philanthropists can increase our impact on this urgent topic: by driving innovation, convening communities and stakeholders, and advocating for action.

To learn about the recently released recommendations, click here.

>> Read the letter of support to the LA County Board of Supervisors undersigned by SCG members.


Speaker Biographies:

Aileen Adams
Co-Executive Director, Los Angeles County’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection

Aileen Adams currently serves as the Co-Executive Director of Los Angeles County’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection. Previously, Adams served as the Los Angeles Deputy Mayor for Strategic Partnerships and helped to spearhead collaborative projects between the City and the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. She also served as a State Cabinet member under Governor Davis and headed the Office for Victims of Crime in the U.S. Justice Department under President Clinton. She is a former City prosecutor, an award-winning Los Angeles Technical Police Reserve Officer, and for many years was Legal Counsel at the UCLA Rape Treatment Center, where she played a major role in reforming California’s sexual assault laws. Adams has served on dozens of nonprofit and foundation boards, including chairing the California Women’s Foundation.  Currently, she chairs the board of the Rape Foundation and serves on the boards of the Weingart Foundation, the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, and CalArts.

Kim Belshé
Executive Director, First 5 LA

Kim Belshé serves as Executive Director of First 5 LA. She currently serves on the five-member Board of the state's new Health Benefit Exchange, a centerpiece of federal health reform. Belshé was previously a Senior Policy Advisor at the Public Policy Institute of California. She was also Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency throughout Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's tenure. In this capacity she was a member of the governor's cabinet and his chief advisor on health, social services, and rehabilitative policies. She previously held leadership positions in state government, including Director of the Department of Health Services and deputy secretary of the then-Health and Welfare Agency under Governor Pete Wilson. Belshé has also served in leadership positions in California philanthropy, including program director for The James Irvine Foundation. She holds a master's degree in Public Policy from Princeton University and a bachelor's degree in Government from Harvard College.

David Sanders
Executive Vice President of Systems Improvement, Casey Family Programs

David Sanders, Ph.D., joined Casey Family Programs in July 2006. He oversees the organization’s work with child welfare systems to improve practice, with an emphasis on ensuring safe and permanent families for children, as well as public policy work. Prior to joining Casey Family Programs, Sanders directed all operations for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.

Winnie Wechsler
Executive Director, Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation 

Winnie Wechsler is Executive Director of the Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation, which for over a decade has been investing in strengthening many of the unique institutions that define Los Angeles. The Foundation aims to enrich our community not just for the present, but for generations to come, with particular focus on medicine, higher education, the environment, the arts, and foster care. Before joining the Foundation two years ago, Wechsler served as Executive Director of Phoenix Houses of California. She also worked in media and communications, including serving as a Senior Executive at The Walt Disney Company for 14 years. She left Disney in 1999 to launch Lightspan, an education technology start-up that she helped take public in 2000. Wechsler is a board member of Foster Care Counts, a nonprofit started by Jeanne Pritzker, which helps raise awareness and serve the needs of foster youth and families in Los Angeles. She holds an MBA from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania. 


SCG members: free
Non-members: $100

Children's Bureau
Magnolia Place Family Center
1910 Magnolia Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Who May Attend:
Current SCG members and other grantmakers eligible for membership. For eligibility requirements, click here.

SCG members: register online. (You must log in to your SCG account to register online.)

Eligible Non-members: If you already have an SCG account, log in to register. If you do not have an account yet, contact [email protected]