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Towards a Vibrant Democracy: Preparing for 2020 Elections

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
12:00pm - 1:30pm PST
Weingart Foundation
700 S, Flower Street, Suite 1900, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $25.00
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Registration for this program has closed. Please contact Anna Song at [email protected] for any questions or concerns.

Voters in communities will head to the ballot box to make important decisions about public investments across a spectrum of issue areas as well as decision-makers in our government institutions. This moment brings a wealth of opportunities for foundations, corporations, and funders that care deeply about systems change, meaningful impact, and long-term gains. Such opportunities include strengthening democracy through nonpartisan voter engagement and helping nonprofit partners catalyze long-term change aligned with your mission. Learn about how to easily navigate supporting nonpartisan voter engagement from funders and nonprofits across our community to maximize the power of philanthropy in an election year – while keeping your legal counsel satisfied!

Lunch will be provided. 


Jacque Robinson-Baisley

Program Officer - Civic Engagement and Public Policy, California Community Foundation

Jacque Robinson-Baisley is responsible for managing CCF’s civic engagement initiatives and grantmaking to ensure Angelenos are empowered to make their voices heard and play a role in democracy and public policy decisions.

Prior to joining CCF, Robinson-Baisley served from 2007-2015 as elected councilmember and vice mayor for the City of Pasadena. She also worked on candidate and issue electoral campaigns for labor unions, including California Teachers Association and SEIU. Robinson-Baisley most recently served as policy director to the governing board president of the Los Angeles Unified School District and managed her own government relations and community engagement consulting firm.

Robinson-Baisley earned her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and M.P.A. in public sector leadership and management from California State University, Northridge. She retains her commitment to public service as a board member for Abode Communities and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Robinson-Baisley is a Scott M. Johnson Fellow of the US-Japan Leadership Program (USJLP) as well as alumni of multiple other professional leadership programs.


Jenny Delwood

Executive Vice President, Liberty Hill Foundation

Jenny Punsalan Delwood is the Executive Vice President at Liberty Hill Foundation. In this role, she oversees programs and operations of the Foundation. Prior to joining Liberty Hill, Jenny served as Chief Deputy for the Administration on Children, Youth and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this capacity, she led federal policy initiatives, grant-making, and research related to child welfare, runaway and homeless youth, adolescent pregnancy, and domestic violence prevention.

Prior to her appointment within the Department of Health and Human Services, Jenny co-founded the National Foster Youth Institute, an organization committed to reforming the nation's child welfare system. Before this, Jenny served as Acting Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to Congresswoman Karen Bass of California. In this role, she managed daily legislative operations and advanced a policy agenda focused on social and economic justice.

Previously, Jenny served as District Director to then Speaker of the California Assembly Karen Bass, overseeing outreach and constituent services in Los Angeles. A graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Jenny also earned a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Jenny also serves on the Board of Directors for Coro Southern California and started her career in public affairs as a Coro Fellow.

Jonathan Paik

Executive Director, Korean Resource Center

Jonathan is the Executive Director for the Korean Resource Center. Jonathan's passion is to build and train a base of Korean Americans and young Asian Americans mobilized to advocate on critical issues of racial, economic, and social justice across southern California. Before joining the Korean Resource Center, he started his work in politics at the Bus Federation (now known as the Alliance for Youth Action), serving as the Operations Manager until December 2014. After graduating from UC Irvine, Jonathan became a PolitiCorps fellow in Portland, Oregon, helping to coordinate a campaign with the Urban League of Portland, surveying community members about health equity and signing low-income children up for healthcare across the state.

Adam Umhoefer

Foundation Executive, Creative Artists Agency Foundation

Adam Umhoefer is an Executive in the Foundation department at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Umhoefer works in the Los Angeles office and serves as a strategic advisor to actors, writers, directors, athletes, executives, and corporations on their philanthropic and pro-social initiatives. He also helps lead civic engagement initiatives for the company. 

Umhoefer began his career in nonprofit education, and later worked on President Obama’s 2008 campaign. Following the 2008 election, he became a leader in the LGBTQ equality movement, serving as Executive Director of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER). Under his leadership, the AFER successfully defeated Proposition 8, California’s ban on marriage for gay and lesbian citizens. This historic effort paved the way for full federal marriage equality. Following several years of independent consulting for leading nonprofit organizations, Umhoefer joined CAA in 2019. 

Umhoefer graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2003. 




Current SCG, NCG, and SDG Members: $0
Eligible Non-members: $25

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and SDG members and eligible non-members

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NCG & SDG members: Please contact [email protected] to register.
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account, contact us.
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Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, 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.

This location is ADA compliant and has dedicated nursing rooms.

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