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Public Policy Conference 2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017
8:00am - 3:30pm PDT
Center for Healthy Communities
1000 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $250.00
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Sold Out! SCG's Public Policy Conference will take place Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Center for Healthy Communities. 

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SCG is here to help you stay informed and engaged in this tumultuous policy environment. From health care and immigration policy to climate change and education, from human and civil rights to protecting journalistic integrity, our philanthropic community is poised to shape California’s future—and demonstrate new ways to tackle federal policy challenges.

As dramatically shifting public policy is shaping our grantmaking landscape, it’s more important than ever for us to engage in dialogue—with each other and with government leaders. That’s why, at this year's event, we are partnering with the California Budget and Policy Center to deepen the SCG community’s growing focus on advancing equity through public policy.

We will come together for candid peer conversations about our sector's role in civil society today, as well as how strategies such as advocacy and civic engagement can protect and strengthen our communities.

In the coming years, philanthropy will have an important part to play in supporting polices and equity initiatives that support our most vulnerable populations. We hope you can join us!

Opening Keynote:

Equity: Paving the Way to a Thriving Southern California

As economic and racial inequalities skyrocket, cities, states, and the nation are experiencing profound demographic shifts and a fierce sense of urgency to change the status quo. PolicyLink President Michael McAfee will walk us through how philanthropy can help Southern California grow and thrive by adopting new approaches grounded in equity, that is, just and fair inclusion in a society in which everyone can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. He will also address how philanthropy can lift up the region’s most vulnerable populations by promoting equity
through public policy, bolstering advocacy efforts, and embracing equity internally while advancing
it externally.

Michael McAfee, President, PolicyLink
@mikemcafee06 @PolicyLink

Morning Panel

The Implications of Federal Budget and Policy Proposals for Southern California

Three experts in federal and state policy discuss current and expected federal budget and policy proposals, their implications for Southern California, and what it could mean for future policy. Speakers will cover a range of state and federal policy proposals including proposed changes to health care, human services, child care, immigration, and infrastructure policies, with particular attention to the ramifications of potential changes for communities, nonprofit organizations, and individuals in our region.

  • Chris Hoene, Executive Director, California Budget & Policy Center (@CalBudgetCenter)
  • Kim Belshé, Executive Director, First 5 LA
  • John Kim, Executive Director, Advancement Project California


Lunch Panel

Finding Common Ground in Uncertain Times

In the current climate, it can feel difficult or impossible to find common ground and continue to make progress on the issues philanthropists care about so deeply. However, there are many areas where we can focus without getting mired in politics or partisanship. In this interactive session, we’ll turn today’s political rancor on its head and engage in a positive discussion about Southern California’s future by focusing on shared goals around education, economic development, and social justice. Panelists will share helpful examples of some of their own experiences finding common ground among differing viewpoints, and together we’ll consider where there are opportunities in our own work to move beyond politics and keep moving the needle on crucial community issues.

  • Dr. Raphael Sonenshein, Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs, Cal State LA
  • Bill Allen, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (@LAEDC)
  • Hon. Kathryn Barger, Supervisor, Fifth District, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
  • Nike Irvin (@Nikenik), Vice President, Programs, California Community Foundation (@calfund)


    Afternoon Panel

    South LA, a Blueprint for Southern California: Emerging Possibilities for Civic Engagement and Community Empowerment
    As we approach the 25th anniversary of Los Angeles’ 1992 civil unrest, it is clear that our region is dramatically different than it was then, especially when we look at major demographic shifts that have occurred within communities and that continue throughout the region. In this panel, we’ll hear from community and academic leaders about promising strategies to leverage the diversity within Southern California populations while building effective coalitions that strengthen and unite our communities. With recent research from the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration as a starting point, we’ll look at transformations in South Los Angeles that, over time, have resulted in high impact coalitions of communities of color and new efforts to bring together independent voices with an interdependent community agenda.  The panelists will consider the diversity beneath the profound demographic shifts in South LA—moving from eighty percent African-American in 1970 to roughly two-thirds Latino today—and explore the drivers of change, including African-Americans departing due to deindustrialization and Latino immigrants spilling in from Central American countries wracked by civil wars. The media tale about this change often centers on tension: African-Americans departing due to deindustrialization and Latino immigrants spilling in from Central American countries wracked by civil wars. More recent factors include massive transit investment and housing pressures on the rise across the region, making an area that has always worried about being left behind now deeply concerned about gentrification and displacement. Given that many of these same factors are playing out in similar ways across our region, we’ll explore how lessons learned from this community provide a model for funders seeking to support positive community development and higher levels of civic engagement across the entire region.

    • Maisie Chin (@itzmemaisie) - Executive Director/Co-Founder, Community Asset Development Re-defining Education (CADRE) (@CADREparents)
    • Marqueece Harris-Dawson (@mhdcd8) - Los Angeles City Councilmember, District (@mhdcd8)
    • Manuel Pastor (@Prof_MPastor) - Director, Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, USC (Moderator) (@PERE_USC)
    • Pamela Stephens - Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, USC (@PERE_USC)
    • Benjamin Torres - President and CEO, CDTech (@CDTech)

      Breakout Sessions

      2020 Census: Ensuring an Accurate Count Begins Now
      An accurate census count has tangible benefits for many under-served individuals and families in our region. Without a full picture of who our community members are and where they are, funding for public services will lag behind the true needs of hard-to-count populations like young children, immigrants, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ youth. Join us to learn how philanthropy can advocate for and support efforts toward a more accurate census count.
      • Stewart Kwoh - President and Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) (@AAAJ_LA)
      • Armando Mendoza - Assistant Regional Census Manager Los Angeles Regional Office, U.S. Census Bureau (@uscensusbureau)
      • Virginia Mosqueda (@virginia4irvine) - Senior Program Officer, The James Irvine Foundation (@IrvineFdn)
      • Daranee Petsod (@DaraneeGCIR)- President, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (@gcirtweets)
      • Arturo Vargas (@ArturoNALEO) - Executive Director, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) (@NALEO)
      California Budget Perspective: What's at Stake in State and Federal Budget Proposals

      Why do California community leaders and grantmakers need to know about changes to our federal and state budgets? For funders seeking to improve outcomes for low- and middle-income Californians, the proposed budgets could have profound effects on safety net services, education funding, and more. Join us explore the major elements of the Governor's proposed budget, changes expected at the federal level, and key debates that will shape budget choices at the national, state, and local levels.

      How to Influence Policy and Budgets via a Multi-pronged Approach

      Have you ever funded a successful initiative in one community center or one school, only to see the resulting proven strategies and best practices fail to make an impact beyond your specific project? In this session, we’ll explore how programs and best practices at the local level can be connected more broadly at the state level with the explicit intent of changing policy. Session speakers will use early childhood initiatives as an example of how philanthropy can use a multi-pronged, integrated approach to influence public policy and budgets. We will also explore how to leverage the various strategies - from research and best practices to communications and stakeholder engagement - to educate both the public and legislators, with the ultimate goal of shaping an advocacy and policy change agenda.

      • Parker Blackman (@parkertweetman) - Executive Director, LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment (@investinkidsla )
      • Sarah Bohn (@sbohnHQ) - Research Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) and the PPIC Higher Education Center (@PPICnotes )
      • Avo Makdessian (@AvoMakdessian) - Vice President and Director, Center for Early Learning 
      • Kim Pattillo Brownson - Vice President for Policy and Strategy, First 5 LA (@First5LA)
      Advocacy: The Do's and Don’ts for Foundations

      There are specific definitions and rules that should frame any advocacy efforts your foundation undertakes. What is the difference between lobbying and political campaigning? What advocacy can you do and how much can you do? How do the lobbying regulations apply to private foundations versus public charities? Explore these questions and others through discussions of hypothetical scenarios your foundation might encounter.

      • Rose Chan, Of Counsel, Rodriguez, Horii, Choi & Cafferata
      • William Choi, Partner, Rodriguez, Horii, Choi & Cafferata
      Informing Public Policy in a “Post-Facts” World

      In a time where the spreading of “fake news” on social media and elsewhere has become a regular occurrence, civic and public policy organizations must grapple with how to provide factual information to frame policy discussions. What can institutions do to address this challenge and engage an American public struggling to decipher disparate news sources? How can we advance informed public policy choices in this climate? Panelists will discuss these challenges and shine a light on the unique role that philanthropy and our partners can play in promoting fact-based policy deliberations.

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        SCG members: no cost to participate
        Eligible non-members: $250

        Who May Attend
        Current SCG members and grantmakers eligible for SCG membership.

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