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Southern California Funders' Discussion on COVID-19: No Going Back LA

Thursday, September 10, 2020
9:00am - 10:00am PDT

By now it has become clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has been doing disproportionate harm to Black and Latinx communities in L.A. County who were already dealing with the impacts of widespread systemic racism.

Over the last few months, the Committee for Greater L.A. has formed to tackle these impacts and is composed of leaders in philanthropy, nonprofits, community groups, private sector and City and County government in partnership with the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and the USC Equity Research Institute. The Committee has produced No Going Back, set to launch on September 8, a mandate for action that lays out a series of recommendations and strategies to help guide policymakers and civic leaders towards a recovery plan that addresses and prioritizes systemic racism helps us to align systems towards helping the most marginalized communities and fosters an ongoing civic conversation.

Please join us to hear from Steering Committee members as they present and discuss the No Going Back recommendations and engage members in a conversation about how philanthropy can support long-term, inclusive recovery.



Fred Ali

President & CEO, The Weingart Foundation

Fred Ali has more than 40 years of senior management experience with philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and government. He began his career in 1972 as a volunteer teacher and counselor in a small western Alaska village. Over the next 19 years, Fred held a number of leadership positions in Alaska with nonprofit organizations, state government, and higher education. In 1991, he became the executive director of Covenant House in Los Angeles. Under Fred’s leadership, Covenant House California developed into a large, multi-service program working with homeless and at-risk youth in Los Angeles and Oakland.

Fred was appointed president of the Weingart Foundation in 1999. He serves on the boards of Covenant House California, the MLK Health and Wellness Community Development Corporation, and the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles. Fred also chairs the board of advisors for the University of Southern California’s Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy and co-chairs the Center’s national advisory committee for the Irene Hirano Inouye’s Philanthropic Leadership Fund. Fred speaks regularly on issues pertaining to the nonprofit sector including equity, organizational effectiveness and capacity building.

Sarah Dusseault

Chair, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Commission

Sarah Dusseault serves on the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Commission. Appointed by Supervisor Solis, she is outgoing Commission Chair and is currently Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Governance Reform. She also served as Co-Chair of LAHSA’s Ad Hoc Committee on Women & Homelessness. Sarah is committed to including women’s unique experiences in policy-making and investing in systems change to bring a crisis response to homelessness.

Sarah began her career in public service with Mayor Jim Hahn, as his campaign Policy Director. She served in senior roles in the Office of the Mayor as Assistant Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Deputy Mayor for Housing and Homelessness where she led efforts to revitalize Downtown Los Angeles and oversaw the creation of L.A.’s affordable housing trust fund — at the time the largest of its kind in America. Sarah served as Senior Policy Advisor to Mayor Eric Garcetti during his 2013 mayoral campaign, and during his tenure as President of the City Council. Sarah also worked as Chief of Staff to Councilmember David Ryu, the first Korean American ever elected to the Los Angeles City Council.

Throughout her career, Sarah has gained a reputation as a passionate advocate, policy expert, and an innovative problem solver. Sarah serves in various leadership roles in her community, including as a mentor to many young women and girls, an Advisory Board Member for the Los Angeles Business Council and Board member of the Los Angeles LGBT Center assisting in their work to open an intergenerational campus addressing the needs of people experiencing homelessness. Sarah’s passion for ending homelessness and advocating for mental health derives from her lived experience of a family member who is experiencing both. Her experiences trying to house her brother were printed in the LA Times -

She is a graduate of Yale College and earned her J.D. from UCLA. She is married to Chris Dusseault, a key member of the legal team in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the case that successfully challenged and overturned California’s Proposition 8 before the United States Supreme Court. They are raising two sons.

Miguel A. Santana

President & CEO, Fairplex

Miguel A. Santana is the President and CEO of Fairplex, a private nonprofit 487-acre entertainment and education complex in Pomona. With a mission to build community and strengthen the economy, the vision for the Fairplex campus is to create an experiential environment for the community to live, learn,
work and play. By forging collaborative relationships with the region’s educational institutions, government officials and community residents, Mr. Santana is focused on the transformation of Fairplex into a 21st century sustainable, globally recognized venue and economic engine grounded in its agricultural roots.

Prior to his employment at Fairplex, Mr. Santana was the City Administrative Officer for the City of Los Angeles from 2009 through 2016. Mr. Santana reported directly to the Mayor and the City Council. As the CAO, his office directed oversight over the City’s $9 billion budget, labor negotiations, debt
management and major policy issues as directed by the Mayor and/or City Council, including the proprietary departments of Department of Water and Power, Airport and Harbor. As CAO, Mr. Santana played a central role in developing a comprehensive strategy on homelessness in partnership with the
County of Los Angeles.

In 2017, he was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve on the city’s Proposition HHH Citizens Oversight Committee, an administrative council that will play a vital role in developing housing for homeless Angelenos funded through a bond measure approved by L.A. voters, and served as
Chairman until 2019.

Mr. Santana has more than 25 years of experience managing numerous fiscal, legislative, political and community issues. Previously, Mr. Santana served as one of five Deputy Chief Executive Officers for Los Angeles County. Prior to that, he served as Chief of Staff for Supervisor Gloria Molina. Mr. Santana has a B.A. in Sociology and Latin American Studies from Whittier College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. Mr. Santana serves on the boards of the Weingart Foundation; the United Way of Greater Los Angeles; California Community Foundation;
Discovery Cube; and Whittier College Board of Trustees.

Gary Segura

Dean, Luskin School of Public Affairs

Before beginning his appointment as Dean at UCLA Luskin in January 2017, professor Segura served as the Morris M. Doyle Centennial Professor of Public Policy, professor of political science, and professor and former chair of Chicana/o-Latina/o studies at Stanford University. His research focuses on issues of political representation and social cleavages, the domestic politics of wartime public opinion and the politics of America’s growing Latino minority. Additionally, he has briefed members of Congress and senior administration officials on issues related to Latinos, served as an expert witness in three marriage equality cases heard by the Supreme Court, and has filed amicus curiae briefs on subjects as diverse as voting rights, marriage equality and affirmative action.


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