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2019 Public Policy Conference

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As California embarks on a new era of leadership in state government, philanthropy has a civic opportunity to help pave the roads ahead for our state. Facing continued uncertainty in the federal government, California can truly serve as role model for the power of collaboration between philanthropy and government and become a beacon of democracy in our country.
 

Presented in partnership with the California Budget & Policy Center, SCG’s Public Policy Conference is the preeminent convening in our region that brings together hundreds of your peers from the philanthropic and civic sectors to take an in-depth look at the latest policy analysis and research and to prepare for and address key issues impacting our work. At this conference, you will connect with peers and gain powerful ideas and insights to advance your work and lead meaningful change with partners in our sector and beyond.
 

This year's conference will hone in on the changing public policy landscape in an environment led by a new Governor and a wave of other new policymakers in Sacramento and Washington.
 

Join us on April 8 for a day of candid conversations about our sector's role in changing systems, strengthening our communities and building a better future for California. 

 


Fees
SCG, NCG and SDG members can attend at no cost through our Philanthropy California partnership.
Non-Member Grantmakers: $250
 

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

Location
The California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities
1000 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

Recommended Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles Downtown
120 South Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 629-1200
 

Parking
Parking is provided by The California Endowment. Please arrive early as parking is limited.
 

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this event, 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.

8:00 am

Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:30 am

Welcome & Introductions

  • Christine Essel, President & CEO, Southern California Grantmakers
  • Steve Nissen, Senior Vice President, Legal and Government Affairs, NBCUniversal; Member, Board of Directors, Southern California Grantmakers
  • Nike Irvin, Member, Board of Directors, Riordan Foundation; Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Southern California Grantmakers
9:00 am

Opening Plenary
The Whole Child - From Cradle to Career: 
A Generational Opportunity to Lift California’s Most Impoverished Children and Families

  • Moderator: Priska Neely, Senior Reporter, Early Childhood, KPCC, Southern California Public Radio 
  • Chris Hoene, Executive Director, California Budget & Policy Center
  • Kim Pattillo Brownson, Vice President for Policy and Strategy, First 5 LA
  • Giannina Pérez, Senior Policy Advisor for Early Childhood, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom
10:00 am Sneak Preview and Break
10:30 am

Morning Breakout Sessions

  • A Cultural Shift in Justice Reinvestment for Young People
  • Redrawing California: 2020 Census and Redistricting
  • Update on Measure H: Progress and Opportunities for Funders
  • Where Politics Meets Philanthropy: Obstacles, Opportunities and Third-Rail Cautions
12:00 pm Lunch Buffet
12:30 pm

Afternoon Plenary
The Governor's Proposed 2019-20 State Budget: Key Context and Implications for Grantmakers

  • Moderator: Chris Hoene, Executive Director, California Budget & Policy Center
  • Antonia Hernández, President & CEO, California Community Foundation
  • Lisa Hershey, Executive Director, Housing California
1:15 pm Break
1:30 pm

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • Beyond Policy and Practice: The Hidden Conditions of Transformative Systems Change
  • Community Resilience in the Face of Climate Disasters: Innovation for the Long Term
  • Looking Back to Look Ahead: Addressing California’s Racial and Gender Wealth Gap
  • Oops! I Did It Again: Making Opportunity Zones Work for Communities
3:00 pm Networking "Sundaes on the Plaza"
3:30 pm Adjourn

Kate Anderson

Los Angeles County

Abby Browning

CA Governor's Office of Emergency Services

Lori Chatman

Enterprise Community Investment, Inc.

Ken Chawkins

Southern California Gas Company

Gary Clark

Fund for Santa Barbara

Efrain Escobedo

California Community Foundation

Christine Essel

Southern California Grantmakers

Josh Hall

Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority

Chris Hoene

California Budget & Policy Center

Esi Hutchful

California Budget and Policy Center

Tammy Halevy

Public Private Strategies

Antonia Hernández

California Community Foundation

Lisa Hershey

Housing California

Andrea Iloulian

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Nike Irvin

ZWN, Inc.

Romilda Justilien

Tides Advocacy/Tides Foundation

Mara Keisling

National Center for Transgender Equality

John Kim

Advancement Project

Chris Ko

Home for Good, United Way of Greater Los Angeles

Alan Kwok

Northern California Grantmakers

Veronica Lewis

Homelessness Outreach Program Integrated Health Care System

Rey López-Calderón, JD

California Common Cause

Connie Malloy

California Citizens Redistricting Commission; The James Irvine Foundation

Julio Marcial

Liberty Hill Foundation

Christine Margiotta

Measure H Citizens' Oversight Advisory Board; Social Venture Partners Los Angeles

Heather McCulloch

Closing the Women's Wealth Gap

Christina Miller

Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Sheila Mitchell

Los Angeles County Probation

Darryl Molina Sarmiento

Communities for a Better Environment

Dr. Jeffrey Mount

Public Policy Institute of California

Priska Neely

KPCC, Southern California Public Radio

Greg Nelson

Parker Media / Parker Foundation

Steve Nissen

NBCUniversal

Allie Olson

LIFT - Los Angeles

Kim Pattillo Brownson

First 5 LA

Silvia Paz

Alianza Coachella Valley

Laura Peralta

Citi Community Development

Giannina Pérez

Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

Nona Randois

Alliance for Justice

Solana Rice

Liberation in a Generation

Dave Sheldon

Southern California Grantmakers

Lauren Smith

FSG

Tunua Thrash-Ntuk

Los Angeles Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LA LISC)

Cheri Todoroff

LA County Department of Health Services

Karin Wang

UCLA School of Law

Tara Westman

The California Endowment

Plenary Sessions

 

Morning Plenary

The Whole ChildFrom Cradle to Career: A Generational Opportunity to Lift California’s Most Impoverished Children and Families

Governor Gavin Newsom has made bold new investments in California’s children - from $1.8 billion in early childhood investments and the nation’s most comprehensive paid family leave policy, to appointing Senior Policy Advisors in early childhood and cradle to career. How can philanthropy educate, advocate and partner with government, at the state and local levels, to ensure the most effective and equitable implementation of these bold investments and policy proposals?

  • Moderator: Priska Neely, Senior Reporter, Early Childhood, KPCC, Southern California Public Radio 
  • Chris Hoene, Executive Director, California Budget & Policy Center
  • Kim Pattillo Brownson, Vice President, Policy and Strategy, First 5 LA
  • Giannina Pérez, Senior Policy Advisor for Early Childhood, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

 

Afternoon Plenary

The Governor's Proposed 2019-20 State Budget: Key Context and Implications for Grantmakers

What will the Governor’s proposed budget mean for crucial safety net services that are central to so much of our sector’s grantmaking? As we seek to improve outcomes for our communities and all Californians, we’ll explore the implications of the upcoming budget debate and discuss opportunities for philanthropy to support long-term policy change.

  • Moderator: Chris Hoene, Executive Director, California Budget & Policy Center
  • Antonia Hernández, President and CEO, California Community Foundation
  • Lisa Hershey, Executive Director, Housing California

 

Morning Breakout Sessions

 

A Cultural Shift in Justice Reinvestment for Young People

In his inaugural address, Governor Gavin Newsom vowed to tackle criminal justice reform with new proposals, including transferring the state’s youth prison system to the Health and Human Services Agency. At the local level, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is also seeking to transform the justice system. Earlier this year, the Supervisors approved a historic public-private partnership between the Probation Department and two of the area’s leading grantmakers. Learn how public dollars will be allocated to community foundations, which will allow for faster distribution of public funds and create access for community-based nonprofits that might otherwise lack the infrastructure to compete for county funds.

  • Moderator: Kate Anderson, Director, Center for Strategic Partnerships
  • Efrain Escobedo, Vice President, Education & Immigration, California Community Foundation
  • Julio Marcial, Director, Youth Justice, Liberty Hill Foundation
  • Sheila Mitchell, Chief Deputy, Los Angeles County Probation Department

 

Redrawing California: 2020 Census and Redistricting

Counting nearly 400 million people will require cooperation among federal, state and local governments, community-based organizations and philanthropy. Census data informs how political districts are drawn and how more than $76 billion for federal programs is allocated in California. It is essential to make the count as accurate as possible to ensure that Californians receive our share of resources, and that our Congressional, state, and local legislative seats are drawn fairly for equal political representation. Redistricting comes immediately after the Census and will have a high-stakes impact on public sector leadership, political power and financial resources for the decade that follows.

Join us for a robust discussion on how philanthropy can support outreach, education and technical assistance in our communities for the upcoming 2020 Census, and how those efforts will relate to the subsequent redistricting process.

  • Moderator: Tara Westman, Senior Program Manager, The California Endowment
  • John Kim, Executive Director, Advancement Project
  • Rey López-Calderón, JD, Executive Director, California Common Cause
  • Connie Malloy, Chair, California Citizens Redistricting Commission; Portfolio Director, The James Irvine Foundation

 

Update on Measure H: Progress and Opportunities for Funders

In March 2017, voters approved Measure H, a quarter-cent sales tax to fund supportive services, housing, outreach and prevention services for people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County. Over a year and a half later, the public is asking where Measure H dollars are going and how they fit into building a more comprehensive system to eradicate homelessness. Our panel will share updates on Measure H progress and how philanthropy can continue to play an important role.

  • Introduction by: Andrea Iloulian, Senior Program Officer, Domestic Programs, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
  • Moderator: Chris Ko, Director, Homeless Initiatives, United Way of Greater Los Angeles
  • Joshua Hall, Acting Director, Policy & Systems, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA)
  • Veronica Lewis, Director, Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System (HOPICS)
  • Christine Margiotta, Chair, Measure H Citizens' Oversight Advisory Board; Executive Director, Social Venture Partners Los Angeles
  • Christina Miller, Deputy Mayor of City Homelessness Initiatives, Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti 
  • Cheri Todoroff, Director, Housing for Health, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services 

 

Where Politics Meets Philanthropy: Obstacles, Opportunities and Third-Rail Cautions

As more grantmakers dive deeply into systems change work, new opportunities may emerge that require additional partners to solidify gains and sustain the results from a grant. Some nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status are exploring the creation of a 501(c)(4) organization to engage more effectively in issue advocacy. More importantly, grantmakers can support 501(c)(4) organizations in some instances, and such partnerships could help further a funder’s mission for social change and good.

What does the creation of a 501(c)(4) affiliate of a grantee mean for you? And what are opportunities for grantmakers to be thought partners as their nonprofit partners decide to pursue this tool?

Join us for a conversation among leaders in grantmaking organizations and nonprofits for a better understanding of how 501(c)(4) organizations fit within our landscape for societal innovation and systems change.

  • Moderator: Karin Wang, Executive Director, David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, UCLA School of Law
  • Romilda Justilien, Director, Tides Foundation & Deputy Director, Tides Advocacy Fund
  • Mara Keisling, Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality
  • Nona Randois, California Director, Alliance for Justice

 

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Beyond Policy and Practice: The Hidden Conditions of Transformative Systems Change

As a new wave of lawmakers descends on Sacramento and Washington, grantmakers are focused on how to impact policy to create equitable systems change in California. While many of us are trained to create structural systems change by focusing on policies and practices, transformative systems change requires working on “hidden” conditions, including relationships, power dynamics and mental models. This session will begin with an overview of six conditions that typically hold a problem in place in a system, with an emphasis on the more implicit conditions. Local leaders will share their successes and lessons learned from creating structural and transformative change in their communities. Participants will be guided through a learning exercise to think in a disciplined and holistic manner about what’s required to change their particular system and support policy change in the long term.

  • Moderator: Lauren Smith, Co-CEO, FSG
  • Gary Clark, Director of Capacity Building, Fund for Santa Barbara
  • Silvia Paz, Executive Director, Alianza Coachella Valley
  • Miki Woodard, Executive Director, Katie McGrath & JJ Abrams Family Foundation

 

Community Resilience in the Face of Climate Disasters: Innovation for the Long Term

As recent wildfires have demonstrated, disaster preparedness is essential to overall community resilience. Climate change is increasing the frequency of severe weather events, which disproportionately affect low-income and disadvantaged communities. In February, Governor Gavin Newsom signed fire recovery and emergency response bills that will provide some relief to Californians currently in need, but bold ideas are needed to ensure equitable recovery over the long term. In this session, we'll look at existing disaster preparedness and climate change programs and policies at local and state levels, and think through the role philanthropy can play to support long-term community resilience.

  • Moderator: Alan Kwok, Disaster Resilience Director, Northern California Grantmakers
  • Abigail L. Browning, Chief, Office of Private Sector/ Non-Governmental Organization Coordination, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
  • Ken Chawkins, Business Policy Manager, Southern California Gas Company
  • Darryl Molina Sarmiento, Executive Director, Communities for a Better Environment
  • Jeffrey Mount, Senior Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California

 

Looking Back to Look Ahead: Addressing California’s Racial and Gender Wealth Gap

As the racial wealth gap in California continues to grow, research indicates that individual achievement is not enough to overcome fundamental wealth inequalities. Building wealth allows families and younger generations to gain economic security and mobility. However, communities of color continue to experience the effects of historical and current barriers. This wealth divide is particularly pronounced for single women of color, whose median wealth is far less than the wealth of single white men and women. This session will explore how the racial and gender wealth gap developed, what contributes to it and what policy changes are needed to address it. Participants will hear from local leaders working on solutions to close the gap

  • Moderator: Heather McCulloch, Founder and Executive Director, Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap Initiative
  • Esi Hutchful, State Policy Fellow, California Budget & Policy Center
  • Allison “Allie” Olson, Executive Director, LIFT-Los Angeles
  • Laura Peralta, Vice President, Citi Community Development
  • Solana Rice, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, Liberation in a Generation

 

Oops! I Did It Again: Making Opportunity Zones Work for Communities

For more than four decades, federal and state governments have attempted to use place-based tax incentives to stimulate private investments in historically underserved communities – with varying degrees of success. Despite an uneven record of success with such incentives, Congress approved the creation of Opportunity Zones as a part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

In California, the average Opportunity Zone has a median household income of $36,125, a poverty rate of 33%, and an unemployment rate of 13%. Making these zones truly successful will require ensuring that investors’ funding provides meaningful benefits for current Opportunity Zone residents without accelerating gentrification and displacement. How can grantmakers play a role in helping shape positive outcomes in low-income communities that benefit both residents and investors? And how can such investments be aligned with existing grantmaking? Join us for a conversation with regional and national leaders looking to shape and influence the role of Opportunity Zones.

  • Moderator: Tammy Halevy, Senior Advisor, Public Private Strategies
  • Lori Chatman, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Community Investment, Inc.; President, Enterprise Community Loan Fund, Inc.
  • Greg Nelson, Head of Operations and Strategy, Parker Media / Parker Foundation
  • Tunua Thrash-Ntuk, Executive Director, Los Angeles Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LA LISC)

 

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2019 Public Policy Conference Advisors

 

James Alva
Senior Vice President and Southern California Market Manager
Citi Community Development

Parker Blackman
Executive Director
LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment

Ken Chawkins
Business Policy Manager
Southern California Gas Company

Efrain Escobedo
Vice President, Education & Immigration
California Community Foundation

Shirley Fredricks
Vice President
The Lawrence Welk Family Foundation

Wendy Garen
President and Child Executive Officer
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

Shane Goldsmith
President and Chief Executive Officer
Liberty Hill Foundation

Andrea Iloulian
Senior Program Officer, Domestic Programs
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Shawn Landres

Deidre Lind
President & Chief Executive Officer
Pfaffinger Foundation

Ilir Lita
Program Manager
Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles

Connie Malloy
Portfolio Director
The James Irvine Foundation

Charlotte Milner-Barry
Associate
Gonring Spahn and Associates, Inc.

Steven Nissen
Senior Vice President, Legal and Government Affairs
NBCUniversal, Legal Division

Jonathan Nomachi
AAPIP Liaison & Program Officer
First 5 LA

Tara Roth
President
Goldhirsh Foundation

Beatriz Solis
Director, Healthy Communities South
The California Endowment

Paul Vandeventer
President and Chief Executive Officer
Community Partners