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Funders Briefing on Proposition 47

Monday, July 13, 2015
9:00am - 11:00am PDT
Center for Healthy Communities
1000 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $100.00
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SCG is proud to partner with The California Endowment and Californians for Safety and Justice for a funder briefing on Proposition 47 implementation and what it means for Southern California communities.

Last year, California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 47, a landmark ballot initiative to reduce incarceration in the nation’s largest and most costly prison system, and to invest in prevention.

Moderated by Liberty Hill Foundation President and CEO Shane Murphy Goldsmith, our panelists will examine how this significant policy change is reshaping our criminal and juvenile justice systems to better meet public safety goals for our communities:

  • Lenore Anderson (@LenoreAnderson), Executive Director, Californians for Safety & Justice (@SafeandJust)
  • Susan Burton (@SusanBurtonLA), Founder and Executive Director, A New Way of Life (@ANewWayofLife1)
  • Marqueece Harris-Dawson, City Councilmember, 8th District
  • Dr. Robert Ross, President and CEO, The California Endowment (@calendow)
  • David Ryu, City Councilmember, 4th District

The panelists will also share opportunities for philanthropy to play a significant role in implementation of the measure and help to reshape the systems that serve young men and women.

Proposition 47 changed six low-level crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, and mandated investing the resulting reduction in prison costs into treatment, youth programs and trauma services. Now, significant numbers of young men and women, most of them individuals of color, will no longer serve time in prison for nonviolent offenses.  Also, many hundreds of thousands of Californians with old criminal records will have the opportunity to remove the barriers they’ve faced to securing jobs, housing and improved life outcomes.

The proposition also channels prison cost savings into local mental health and drug treatment programs at the community level, prevention programs for K-12 students, and trauma recovery services to help victims of crime.

We hope you join us for this fascinating discussion on one of the most transformative policy reforms that the State of California has undertaken and how it can change the lives of young people in our communities.


Shane Murphy Goldsmith
President and CEO, Liberty Hill Foundation

Shane Murphy Goldsmith is the President and CEO of Liberty Hill Foundation, one of the nation’s most admired social change foundations. She served previously as Liberty Hill’s Vice President and Director of Programs, responsible for trainings, grantmaking and campaigns as well as Liberty Hill’s operations and finance departments. Prior to joining Liberty Hill, Goldsmith was Executive Director of PATH Ventures, an affordable housing development agency. Prior to that, she served as a senior advisor to then-City Council President Eric Garcetti for four years, overseeing a variety of field and legislative projects, including housing, economic development, the city budget, public safety, and LGBTQ issues. In addition, Goldsmith ran the Council District 13 Leadership Institute.

She currently sits on the Los Angeles Homeless Authority Commission, the national board of the Neighborhood Funders Group, the L.A. steering committee of the Los Angeles Funders Network for Smart and Equitable Growth, the Boards of People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) and PATH Ventures, and the selection panel for the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows. She is a 2014 Congressional Hunger Center Alumni Leadership Award for leadership in programs or policies that promote social justice, reduce poverty and oppression, and improve food security. Goldsmith spent a year as a National Hunger Fellow managing a homeless shelter while doing federal policy research in both Indiana and Washington, D.C. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration.

Dr. Robert Ross
President and CEO, The California Endowment

Dr. Robert Ross leads The California Endowment (TCE), a health foundation established in 1996 to address the health needs of Californians. Prior to his appointment in 2000, Dr. Ross served as director of the Health and Human Services Agency for the County of San Diego, and Commissioner of Public Health for the City of Philadelphia. His previous service also includes: medical director for LINK School-Based Clinic Program, Camden, New Jersey; instructor of clinical medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; and faculty member at San Diego State University’s School of Public Health. Dr. Ross has served as a member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, and on the Boards of the National Marrow Donor Program, San Diego United Way and Jackie Robinson YMCA. He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pediatrics, served on the President’s Summit for America’s Future and as chairman of the national Boost for Kids Initiative. Dr. Ross also was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.

During his tenure at TCE, the Foundation has focused on the health needs of underserved Californians by championing the cause of health coverage for all children, strengthening the capacity of community health centers, improving health services for farm worker and ex-offender populations and strengthening the pipeline for bringing racial and ethnic diversity to the health professions.  Ross received his Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree in Public Administration and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

This program is sponsored by The California Endowment.

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Who May Attend:
Current SCG members and non-members eligible for SCG membership

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SCG members: free
Eligible non-members: $100 per session