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Veteran Funders Group Meeting

Friday, June 14, 2019
9:00am - 11:00am PDT
555 W 5th Street Suite 2700, Los Angeles 90013
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Registration for this program is closed. Please contact Jessica LeTarte at [email protected] if you would like to attend.

Join us as we relaunch the SCG Veteran Funders Group. The meeting will be a chance to meet Marine Corps veteran Mike Dowling—SCG’s new consultant on veteran issues—and get an update from Jim Zenner from the LA County Department of Mental Health on how the Veteran Peer Access Network (VPAN) is progressing. We will hear from SCG members about how their organizations have been engaging in this area, and discuss the direction of the group and topics for future meetings.


Mike Dowling
Veterans Issues Consultant, Southern California Grantmakers

Mike Dowling supports SCG's Veterans Funders Group. Mike is a Marine Corps and OIF veteran who is a dedicated veterans advocate in Southern California having been a cofounder of organizations and veterans initiatives. He led the VATheRightWaycampaign helping create a master plan for the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs campus and led the Los Angeles Veterans Orientation, introducing newly transitioned veterans and their families to critical resources in LA. He studied production at UCLA and works as a producer and consultant in entertainment primarily focusing on projects impacting the veteran community. He worked with the Department of Veterans Affairs to help produce their national mental health campaigns and recently worked as a producer and military advisor on the Medal of Honor docuseries on Netflix. He has been recognized for his advocacy by the LA Mayor's office, awarded Veteran of the Year in California’s 46th district, named to HillVets top 100 military veteran influencers, and to We Are The Mighty's annual Mighty 25 list.

Jim Zenner
LCSW Mental Health Clinical Program Manager III

Jim began his career at Volunteers of America Los Angeles in 2010 developing and implementing a 48 bed facility for homeless Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. September of 2014 he operationalized an innovative veteran peer navigation and care coordination program and shortly after operationalized a 128 bed harm reduction program for chronically homeless veterans in Skid Row. In 2016, Jim joined USC to open the Cohen Military Family Clinic at USC as the Associate Director of Community Programs providing mental health services to veterans and their families. Jim joined the Vets Advocacy team in 2017 as the Director of Homeless Veteran Programs where he provided analysis on homeless veteran policy and issues. Mr. Zenner was with the Veterans Administration in Los Angeles ’17-‘18 serving as the Peer Coordinator for the largest homeless veteran program in the country until joining the LA County Department of Mental Health team July of 2018 where is in charge of leading the County’s effort to create the Veteran Peer Access Network. Jim’s educational background includes a BA in Psychology from Saint Martin’s University, and an MSW from University of Southern California. Jim served in the United States Army from 2004 to 2008 with 1-14 Cavalry 3rd SBCT 2nd Infantry Division as an all source intelligence analyst. He deployed in June of 2006 with his unit to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Jim received an honorable discharge in 2008 and went on to serve in the United States Army Reserve as a combat skills instructor until 2011.




No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG members

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.

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