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The Global Refugee Crisis: Philanthropy's Opportunity to Respond

Monday, June 20, 2016
10:30am - 1:00pm PDT
The Annenberg Space for Photography
2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067
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This program is at capacity!

Join the Annenberg Foundation and the SCG International Funders Group on June 20th--World Refugee Day--for a private tour of the Annenberg photography exhibition REFUGEE followed by a panel conversation on efforts to stem the global humanitarian crisis.

Around the world, more than 60 million people are now forcibly displaced- the highest level ever recorded. These include refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons. Conflict, persecution, violence, natural disasters, and violations of human rights are causing people to flee in a variety of ways to different places around the world. Many are enduring dangerous journeys to seek a brighter future and a better life.

While access to medical care, food, water, and shelter will always be needed, new areas of humanitarian aid are emerging. Children will need access to and participation in education, adults will need to find employment to provide for their families, and many will need help adapting to a new community or learning to speak a new language.

Following the tour we'll hear abour how philanthropic efforts both at home and abroad can help some of the world’s most vulnerable people from a panel of distinguished experts:

  • Amber Hill, Regional Managing Director, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Southern California @unicefusa
  • Anne-Marie Grey (@annemariegrey), Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, USA for UNHCR @UNRefugeeAgency
  • Ambassador Craig Johnstone, former Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees @Refugees
  • Glen Peterson (@gjpeterson), Office Director of World Relief, Garden Grove @worldrelief
  • Margaret Traub, Head of Global Initiatives, International Medical Corps (Moderator) @IMC_Worldwide

Special guest: Ambassador Craig Johnstone will be joining us for a special lunchtime discussion! 

The challenges these immigrants and refugees face are enormous and extend beyond borders; philanthropic efforts of all levels and sizes are needed to help them both internationally and domestically.

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Speaker Biographies

Amber Hill
Regional Managing Director, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Southern California

With more than a decade of experience in the Los Angeles philanthropic community and six years with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Amber Hill leads the Southern California office as Regional Managing Director. The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Hill is a proud alumna of Pepperdine University in Malibu where her undergraduate majors focused in Spanish and Public Relations. She received her MBA in Business Administration from the Graziadio School of Business Management at Pepperdine as well.

Anne-Marie Grey
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, USA for UNHCR

Anne-Marie Grey supports the work of the UN Refugee Agency and its partners in life-saving and life-changing work to help refugees and other displaced people in more than 125 countries around the world. Appointed in September 2014 to lead the organization and enhance its programs and resource mobilization efforts in support of approximately 60 million displaced people, she brings more than 30 years of fundraising and marketing experience--both in the United States and internationally-–to USA for UNHCR. Prior to joining USA for UNHCR, Grey worked with UNHCR, Save the Children, UNICEF and Share our Strength in a variety of leadership fundraising and marketing positions. Before returning the United States, she lived in the Australia, where she led marketing and development programs for the National Museum of Australia and held several roles at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. Grey studied at Colby College, Maine and completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Australian National University. The child of a diplomat, she has lived in Norway, Burkina Faso, Australia and the United Kingdom. Grey has authored two books and is a frequent international speaker on a range of development, resource mobilization, and marketing topics. 

Ambassador Craig Johnstone
Former Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees

Craig Johnstone has served at the level of Assistant Secretary of State, US Ambassador, President of a major NGO, Deputy UN High Commissioner and as a private sector CEO.  In each capacity he has been responsible for developing a vision around the organization’s objectives, building a strategic plan and then moving it to implementation. Ambassador Johnstone has served on an emergency basis as President of Refugees International, selected a successor and remained to the present on the Executive Committee of the Board. At the request of the UN, he helped restructure the Board of USA for UNHCR and lead it out of crisis. He remains Treasurer and Finance Committee Chairman. Ambassador Johnstone also serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee of Vital Voices Global Partnership an NGO dedicated to women’s empowerment. Vital Voices was established by then First Lady Hillary Clinton with Craig’s assistance. In his role as UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees from 2007 - 2010 he was an early spokesperson on the perils of climate change and its impact on migration and refugees.

Glen Peterson
Office Director, World Relief, Garden Grove

Glen Peterson is World Relief’s Southern California office director. He is passionate about empowering people from all walks of life to serve alongside the most vulnerable in our society—the widows, the orphans and the foreign-born. Specializing in how people are transformed in communities across cultural, economic and social barriers, Peterson is accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals as an immigration representative. He has a BA in Intercultural Studies from Biola University and an M. Div. from Denver Seminary. Peterson is a licensed pastor. He has led, consulted and been a catalyst within grass‐roots, community, educational, economic development, and faith‐based organizations in south Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Indianapolis, Pomona and other geographies. Peterson was born in Los Angeles to parents who descended from immigrants from Sweden (1907) and England (1647). 

Margaret Traub @margaretjtraub
Head of Global Initiatives, International Medical Corps (@IMC_Worldwide)

Margaret Traub is Head of Global Initiatives for International Medical Corps, the Los Angeles-based humanitarian organization that since 1984 has delivered more than $2.2 billion in health care relief and training in conflict and disaster zones in 70 countries. As a member of International Medical Corps’ Emergency Response Team, Traub travels extensively to field programs around the world - including to Syria, Lebanon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, the Philippines, and South Sudan. She serves as the organization’s spokesperson, leads efforts to establish key partnerships with agencies and corporations, and oversees the celebrity ambassadors and First Responders programs. Traub has been interviewed by major media outlets such as The New York Times, Los Angeles TimesWall Street Journal, CNN, Fox News, and NPR. Her writing and photography have also been published in magazines and newspapers worldwide. Prior to joining International Medical Corps in 2005, Traub spent 17 years in print and broadcast journalism. She was an Executive Producer at CNN and prior to that spent six years at Good Morning America, first as a writer and then Head Writer. Traub received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Columbia University.

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