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California Policy Forum - Advancing Equity: Saying NO to the Status Quo

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
11:00am - 12:00pm PST
This program is a webinar
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A new generation of California leaders are doing things their way—and, let’s say, they’re not afraid to make waves. Stockton, once the poster child for so much that was wrong in American life, is becoming the first city in America to test a universal basic income. Everyone is watching—governments, social scientists around the world and the media. Universal basic income isn’t the only thing that has people's attention. They are also looking at the way innovative partnerships between philanthropy and nonprofits are driving change across California—and they’re wondering what’s next for higher education in the Golden State. It’s a call to action for our sector.

Join us for an open, candid discussion with three of California’s rising young changemakers as they take a deep dive on what it means to advance equity now. 

This webinar will be moderated by Linda Beech Cutler, Chair of the League of California Community Foundations and CEO of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.




  • Welcome: Linda Beech Cutler
  • Reinvention: The Stockton Experiment: Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs in conversation with Moses Zapien, CEO of the Community Foundation of San Joaquin
  • Hope on the Horizon: Policy Change and Higher Education in California: Jessie Ryan, Executive Vice President of the Campaign for College Opportunity
  • Policy Update: Nancy Berlin, Policy Director of CalNonprofits 
  • Update on California Complete Count: Linda Beech Cutler




Linda Beech Cutler, Chair, League of California Community Foundations; CEO, Sacramento Region Community Foundation

Linda Beech Cutler is the Chair of the League of California Community Foundations and CEO of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. Since joining the Foundation in March, 2013, Linda has been focused on positioning the organization for continued growth and development through strategic planning, enhanced visibility and measurable impact. Prior, she served as the Deputy Director of Commercial Strategy for the Sacramento County Airport System where she was responsible for the strategic development of aviation and non-aviation revenue projects. She is the former President and CEO of the Mercy Foundation and has also served as Vice President, Corporate Communications and Corporate Responsibility for GenCorp, parent company of Aerojet. She also served as President of the GenCorp Foundation and Chairman of the Aerojet and GenCorp PAC, the Company's political action committee. 


Michael Tubbs, Mayor of Stockton, California

On November 8, 2016, Michael Tubbs was elected to serve as the mayor of the City of Stockton, California. Upon taking office in January 2017, Michael Tubbs became both Stockton’s youngest mayor and the city’s first African-American mayor. Tubbs is also the youngest mayor in the history of the country representing a city with a population of over 100,000 residents. Included in Fortune’s 2018 Top "40 under 40," Forbes' 2018 list of the “30 Under 30” and The Root's 100, Tubbs’ leadership has received national recognition. Mayor Tubbs has secured over $20 million in philanthropic capital to launch the Stockton Scholars, a place-based scholarship that aims to triple the number of Stockton students entering and graduating from college. Mayor Tubbs also brought Advance Peace to Stockton, a data-driven program that works to reduce gun violence. Additionally, with an innovative public-private partnership supported by a $1,000,000 seed grant from the Economic Security Project, Tubbs launched the nation’s first municipal level basic income pilot, the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration. Before becoming mayor, Tubbs served as Stockton's District 6 City Councilmember. Elected at age 22 in 2013, he became one of the youngest City Councilmembers in the country. As a councilmember, Tubbs created the Reinvent South Stockton Coalition, championed the creation of the City’s Office of Violence Prevention and was part of the council that led the city out of bankruptcy as Chair of the Audit and Legislative Committee. Mayor Tubbs graduated in 2012 from Stanford University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree with honors. Tubbs has been a college course instructor for Aspire Public Schools and a Fellow at the Stanford Institute of Design and the Emerson Collective.


Moses Zapien, CEO, Community Foundation of San Joaquin

Moses Zapien is CEO of the Community Foundation of San Joaquin. Prior, he was appointed by Governor Brown to represent the Third District on the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, and served as Chairman of the Board. Moses earned his law degree from the Laurence Drivon School of Law, where he served as President of the Student Bar Association. His collaborate work to promote child literacy has been recognized by San Joaquin A+, the International Reading Association and the San Joaquin County Reading Association in 2015. As a result of his policy work to champion sustainable, healthier communities, Moses was named a Healthy Growth Leader by the American Lung Association in 2014—one of a handful in the Central Valley and the only one in San Joaquin County to earn that distinction. Moses was also named as one of Comstock Magazine’s 10 Young Change Leaders to Watch in 2015.


Jessie Ryan, Executive Vice President, Campaign for College Opportunity

As the Executive Vice President for the Campaign for College Opportunity, Jessie Ryan leads the organization’s advocacy and policy efforts to increase the number of California students accessing higher education. In 2015, Jessie successfully led efforts to expand enrollment funding for the CSU and UC as well as direct $60 million dollars to community colleges for reforming remedial education practices. Before joining the Campaign, Jessie served as a Circuit Rider for the Great Valley Center’s Community-based Assistance Programs (CAPs). In December 2017, Jessie was elected President of the Sacramento City Unified School District, Board of Education. She graduated from Emerge California, a political leadership training program designed to identify, educate and inspire Democratic women who want to pursue a career in politics at the local and state level. Jessie is a graduate of the Women’s Policy Institute, a program offered by the Women’s Foundation of California. She was a 2005 fellow in the Institute for Developing Emerging Area Leaders (IDEAL) program, which is dedicated to engaging a diverse group of valley stakeholders in strengthening effective public policy decision-making. She attended Sacramento City College and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communications from San Francisco State University. Jessie received her Master of Arts in Leadership Studies from Saint Mary’s College of California.


Nancy Berlin, Policy Director, California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits)

Nancy Berlin directs policy initiatives that protect and promote California’s nonprofits. Her work includes developing and implementing campaigns that encourage advocacy and civic engagement among CalNonprofits more than 10,000 organizational members.




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