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Disability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: A Cross-Sectoral Approach

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
2:30pm - 5:30pm PST
California Community Foundation, Joan Palevsky Center Board Room
281 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance Guide for Nonprofits, people with disabilities comprise more than 19 percent of the people living in the United States. Almost one in five people living in the U.S.—a total of about 56.7 million—have one or more disabilities, including those related to sight, hearing and mobility, as well as mental disabilities and learning disabilities. Those who have disabilities include people of all races, ethnic backgrounds, gender identities, religious beliefs, ages and sexual orientations.

Funders, nonprofits and the public sector can support people with disabilities through diversity, equity and inclusion collaborative efforts. Many of your organizations are committed to serving the needs of the community in a variety of areas: the arts, education, recreation, human services, health, advocacy, community development and housing, which provides a great opportunity for a cross-sectoral approach for inclusion of people with disabilities.

Join us for a panel discussion with leaders and allies of people and communities with disabilities to explore how we can create a Los Angeles-area and beyond that will provide access and opportunity for all regardless of ability. We welcome nonprofits, funders and community advocates in framing how we strengthen our communities for people with disabilities in our region for a more equitable society.

Following the discussion, the WITH Foundation and the California Community Foundation invite you to stay for a reception.




2:30 pm - 4:30 pm: Panel Presentation
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm: Reception




Carlos Benavidez, Artist and Chair, Los Angeles County Commission on Disability

Commissioner Carlos Benavides was appointed to the Commission by Supervisor Don Knabe of the Fourth District on June 15, 2014. He is the current President of the Commission and Chair of the Patient Advisory Council at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (Rancho). Commissioner Benavides has a passion for life and independence is shared with newly injured patients as a Peer Mentor with Rancho's Know Barriers program. He is also an accomplished graphic artist and digital photographer, and has exhibited his work in several art galleries nationally.



Noorain Khan, Program Officer, Reserves Fund, Ford Foundation

Before joining Ford in 2015, Noorain Khan was Chief of Staff to Wendy Kopp, CEO and Co-Founder of Teach for All, and Founder of Teach for America. At Teach for All, a global network of organizations in 35 countries, Noorain worked with the CEO on strategic initiatives to facilitate coordination and deepen the network’s impact. Earlier, Noorain was a corporate attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where she advised clients on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. In addition, she represented clients pro bono in family law and Supplemental Social Security Income proceedings. Noorain serves on the boards of the Association of American Rhodes Scholars, Libraries Without Borders and Girl Scouts of the USA, where she is National Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee. Noorain has worked on the global public policy team at Google, as a contributing researcher at Jezebel and as a law clerk in the civil appellate section of the US Department of Justice. She appeared on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for law and policy in 2014 and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Noorain earned a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School, where she was a PD Soros Fellow; an MPhil in migration studies from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar; and her Bachelor’s degree from Rice University.


Carmen Ibarra, CEO, Achievable Foundation

profileimageCarmen Ibarra has more than 20 years of progressive leadership experience in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining the Achievable Foundation, Carmen was the CEO at Pomona Community Health Center. She previously worked as Chief Operations Officer at Venice Family Clinic, which held the distinction of being the largest free clinic in the nation. Carmen is actively involved in the community and has served on several nonprofit boards, including the California Family Health Council, Westside Shelter and Hunger Coalition, and Health Care L.A. IPA. 



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Event Supported with Real-Time Captioning and Sign Language


No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG members, nonprofits and government employees

Register online here.

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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