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Senior Peer-to-Peer Network 2013-2015

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
9:00am PDT
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A Southern California Grantmakers Signature Program for Tomorrow's Philanthropic Leadership

Southern California Grantmakers’ (SCG) Senior Peer-to-Peer Network brings together select senior program staff from SCG member organizations to engage closely with colleagues in the field and discuss topics related to leadership development, trends in philanthropy, organizational dynamics, professional development and collaboration.
Senior level staff will convene on a quarterly basis over two years to:
  • Re-invigorate their intellectual and emotional connection to their philanthropic work
  • Engage closely with new colleagues in a forum for mutual learning
  • Build leadership and management strengths while addressing weaknesses
  • Develop a more defined life and career trajectory
This year, we are pleased to announce John Kobara as our 2013 Senior Peer-to-Peer facilitator. Mr. Kobara is executive vice president and chief operating officer at the California Community Foundation and a well-respected leader in the philanthropic and nonprofit communities both locally and nationally. He brings extraordinary skill in leadership development and a passion for building what he calls, “a mentoring and networking lifestyle.”
Who Should Participate? The ideal number of participants is 10 to 12 senior staff who can commit to attending every session. Participants should have:
  • Significant experience as a senior-level leader in program/grantmaking activities; but not yet in the president/CEO position;
  • More than three years in a senior leadership role at a foundation or various foundations;
  • Demonstrated willingness to engage in a peer network setting, with an expressed interest in learning and sharing openly, and;
  • The full support of his/her organization’s leadership and the intention to remain with the organization for the duration of the two-year program.


John E. Kobara
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, California Community Foundation
John E. Kobara is a well-respected figure both locally and nationally in the philanthropic and nonprofit communities.  As chief operating officer of CCF, he is responsible for all of the development, marketing, administrative, grantmaking and civic engagement and donor relations functions of the foundation. Kobara joined the Foundation in 2008 to head the external and donor relations department.  From 2003 to 2008, he was on the Foundation’s Board of Directors, while also serving as head of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles. 
For 35 years, Kobara has been leading and managing innovative nonprofit organizations, companies and technology startups, and actively involved in advancing social justice by increasing access to educational opportunities in Los Angeles. In 2007, Kobara received the City of Angels Award for his service on behalf of children and families. He was a Coro Fellow in Los Angeles and earned a bachelor's degree from UCLA, a master's in business administration from USC and a master's degree from Occidental College.


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