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Race and Rage: Storytelling to Support Movements and Shift Power

Monday, August 17, 2020
10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $100.00
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The compounding effects of the global pandemic and deep-rooted systemic racism are moving philanthropy to further our commitment to racial justice. However, is our sector willing to be vulnerable enough to redefine risks, have honest conversations about race, and elevate community voices? How do we reframe emotions and perspectives to create narrative change?

Southern California Grantmakers invites you to join this discussion to explore how to be authentic storytellers, center racial justice in your communications, and build infrastructures on shifting ideologies and worldviews.



Jung Hee Choi

Deputy Director, Power California

Jung Hee is a plotter, schemer and a dreamer for social justice. For over 20 years, she has been designing and leading strategies that help organizations win campaigns, change narratives and lift community voices. From 2006-2014, Jung Hee was the communications director and chief architect of the communications program and strategies at Community Coalition in South Los Angeles. In her time at the Coalition she worked on numerous policy campaigns that resulted in millions of dollars for schools, community-driven public safety policies and greater resources for communities and families. Prior to joining Power California, Jung Hee was a consultant working with some of Southern California's top social justice organizations to develop smart, high impact communications, media and narrative strategies. She joined Power California's team in 2018 as the senior communications director. In 2019 she became the Associate Director, Communications & Policy Strategies. In her current role, she oversees strategies and campaigns to build power of young people, shift narrative and advance policies that will transform California to a more just and equitable state for all.

Borrowing a saying from her daughter, she "thanks the goddesses" for being able to work for social change the last two decades while raising a family. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children, whom she hopes will help lead the next generation of social justice schemers and dreamers.

Alex Johnson

Program Director, The California Wellness Foundation

Alex M. Johnson is a program director at The California Wellness Foundation, where he manages a grantmaking portfolio focused on creating healthier environments, preventing gun violence, developing community-led approaches to community violence, transforming the youth justice system, and advancing healing and wellness. His responsibilities include reviewing letters of interest, requesting and evaluating grant proposals, conducting site visits, making funding recommendations and monitoring active grants.

Prior to joining Cal Wellness in June 2018, Johnson was managing director for Californians for Safety and Justice in Los Angeles. While at CSJ, Johnson led efforts calling for an end to over-incarceration and a renewed focus on safety priorities rooted in prevention and health. Prior to his role at CSJ, he was executive director of Children’s Defense Fund-California, where he led statewide advocacy, policy, program and organizing efforts to ensure access to quality affordable health coverage and care for children and low-income families, reform the juvenile justice system, promote educational equity, end child poverty, and improve outcomes for children of color.

He is a current member, and past president, of the Los Angeles County Board of Education. Alex previously served on the California Complete Count Committee and the California Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board as an appointee of Governor Jerrry Brown. Alex has also worked for Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas where he helped lead policy and programmatic efforts focused on education and public safety.

Johnson served as an attorney for the New York City Department of Education where he managed complex civil litigation and special disciplinary proceedings as part of a quality initiative to improve academic outcomes for K-12 students. Prior to that, he was an assistant district attorney for the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Morehouse College in Atlanta, and his law degree from American University, Washington College of Law.

Davin Phoenix

Author, “The Anger Gap: How Race Shapes Emotion in Politics”

Assistant Professor, Political Science at the University of California

Davin Phoenix is an associate professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine. A first-generation college graduate, Davin researches how race interacts with various spheres of U.S. politics to shape the attitudes, emotions, and behavior of both everyday people and political elites. His work explores how race influences the emergence of anger, pride and hope in response to politics, how protests and media narratives on policing have influenced legislation post-Ferguson, and how religious views shape the policy preferences and political behavior of people of color. His book The Anger Gap: How Race Shapes Emotions in Politics won the American Political Science Association’s 2020 Ralph J. Bunche Award for best scholarly work exploring ethnic and cultural pluralism. Davin is a recipient of the 2016-17 UC Hellman Fellowship, the 2017-18 Dean’s Honoree for Teaching Excellence Award, and a 2019 UROP Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research.


Puong Pham

Director — Knowledge and Communications, Southern California Grantmakers

Phuong Pham spearheads content, technology, and communications strategy as part of SCG's efforts to build communities and advance the philanthropy field. Phuong also leads the development, implementation, and management of online technology for Philanthropy California and serves on the Advisory Group of United Philanthropy Forum’s Drupal-Salesforce technology platform.

Prior to joining SCG, Phuong was Senior Associate, Knowledge and Communications at Mission Investors Exchange, a leading network of foundations engaged in impact investing. She was responsible for the organization’s digital strategies around membership, programs and knowledge management. Previously, as Program Officer at The Vilcek Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of immigrant contributions in the United States, she was in charge of the strategic planning, execution and promotion of the Vilcek Prizes and the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in the Arts and Biomedical Science.

Phuong has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Hollins University and a master’s degree in Political Science from Université Libre de Bruxelles. She is passionate about the arts and deeply interested in philanthropy and immigration issues.


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