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California Policy Forum Webinar: What's at Stake in the Proposed State Budget

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
This program is a webinar.
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Governor Brown has announced his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2016-2017, and nonprofits, funders, and other stakeholders have a window of opportunity to advocate for future state revenues to be invested in critical programs that support vulnerable families and communities.

Join us for an interactive webinar with Chris Hoene, Executive Director of the California Budget and Policy Center, to learn about the budget’s implications for both grantmakers and nonprofits. This conversation will also feature Marisol Aviña, Program Manager, Prevention, Healthy California, The California Endowment, Nancy Berlin, Policy Director,California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), and Nancy Jamison, President and CEO, San Diego Grantmakers.

Together, we'll explore which human development priorities may be ripe for action and identify pathways for influence.

The proposed budget unveiled by Governor Jerry Brown in January includes several key highlights:

  • Advancing a new proposal to revise and extend a tax on managed care organizations (MCOs) that, if left unaddressed, would result in a $1 billion General Fund shortfall
  • The first cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) since 2006 for cash grants for low-income seniors and people with disabilities
  • Rebuilding state reserves as stipulated by the passage of Proposition 2 in November 2014
  • Increasing funding for K-12 education/community colleges due to growing state revenues
  • Proposals to restructure the state’s preschool and subsidized child care systems
  • Setting aside funding for the maintenance and upgrade of state buildings and other facilities


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About the California Policy Forum

The California Policy Forum brings nonprofits and foundations together for quarterly webinars to learn about specific policy topics and address evolving issues impacting the communities we serve:

June: Water Policy and the Drought
September: 2016 Elections: Voter Engagement and Ballot Propositions
December: Looking to 2017: Implications for California


Speaker Biographies:

Marisol Aviña
Program Manager, Prevention, Healthy California, The California Endowment

Marisol Aviña joined The California Endowment in February 2013 as a Program Manager for The Endowment's Health Happens with Prevention campaign. Prior to joining The Endowment, she served as a senior consultant to the California legislature’s Assembly Education Committee where she analyzed and provided recommendations to the chair and members of the Committee on proposed legislation that addressed numerous education issues including pupil rights, English language learners, foster youth services, migrant education, curriculum and instruction, among other issues. In addition, Aviña drafted legislative proposals, managed and led legislation, and planned and coordinated oversight and informational hearings on various topics, among a number of other activities.

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

Nancy Berlin is Policy Director for California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits).  She directs and oversees policy initiatives that protect and promote California’s nonprofits, including state and federal legislative and administrative issues, and develops and implements campaigns to encourage advocacy and civic engagement among its more than 10,000 organizational members. Berlin was the former director of California Partnership and project coordinator for the Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger & Homelessness. She is well known to the California nonprofit and advocacy community through her leadership in advocacy in Sacramento and throughout California. Recognitions include Outstanding Public Citizen of the Year Award from the California Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and the Community Building and Justice Award from Alexandria House.

Chris Hoene
Executive Director, California Budget and Policy Center

Chris Hoene became the Budget Center’s Executive Director in October 2012, bringing to the organization 15 years of leadership in state and local policy research and analysis. He leads the strategic direction of the organization, acts as primary spokesperson, and works with the board of directors and community partners to implement our vision and mission. Prior to joining the Budget Center, Hoene was director of the Center for Research and Innovation at the National League of Cities in Washington, DC, leading efforts to analyze trends in local and state government and promote constructive policy action on issues including public finance, economic development, housing, poverty reduction, infrastructure, and governance. Hoene also previously worked for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, DC, and the Public Policy Institute of California in San Francisco. Chris holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science of the College of Idaho. In 2011, in recognition of his service to the state and local community, Hoene was elected as a Fellow into the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA).

Nancy Jamison
President and CEO, San Diego Grantmakers
Nancy Jamison has led San Diego Grantmakers since 2005, overseeing the organization's growth in membership and service offerings, particularly around learning and networking opportunities and the facilitation of funder collaboration. This has increased the organization's prominence in both local and national philanthropic communities, and she often speaks to audiences about the power and practice of strategic philanthropy. Prior to joining SDG, Jamison was a senior consultant for TrustWorks Group, a leading San Diego firm providing strategic planning, leadership and team development for nonprofits, associations and corporations. She was a co-creator of the TrustWorks training programs on how to build trust in the workplace, now marketed by the Ken Blanchard Companies and the basis for the book Trust Works! Four Keys to Building Lasting Relationships. Jamison was a Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank, where she worked in a variety of positions over 10 years, including branch manager, marketing, advertising and employee training. Nancy has served as a board member for the Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, National Charity League, San Dieguito Academy Foundation, and the Canyon Crest Academy Foundation, and on the Community Council for Young Nonprofit Professionals San Diego. She is currently a board member for the national Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers and Chair of the 2015 Association of Fundraising Professionals National Philanthropy Day Honorary Committee. Jamison was a finalist for the San Diego Business Journal’s 2014 Women Who Mean Business awards, and earned a B.A. with Honors in Psychology from Stanford University.

No cost to participate

Who May Attend:
Current members of CalNonprofits, League of California Community Foundations, Northern California Grantmakers, San Diego Grantmakers, and Southern California Grantmakers

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