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Event

COVID-19 Funders’ Briefing: 2021 Outlook

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm

As COVID-19 case rates continue to climb nationwide, new federal leadership and promising vaccine trials present some hope for the coming year. As we continue to grapple with the public health repercussions, California also faces serious economic consequences. Communities of color are facing disproportionate impacts across the board, and many sectors including nonprofits and local governments are in perilous financial situations. Join us to hear more about what we should expect in 2021, how the issues philanthropy cares about will be affected, and what we can do to respond.

 

Speaker

Chris Hoene

Executive Director, California Budget & Policy Center

Chris Hoene became the Budget Center’s executive director in October 2012, bringing to the organization 15 years of leadership in state and local policy research and analysis. He leads the strategic direction of the organization, acts as primary spokesperson, and works with the board of directors and community partners to implement our vision and mission. Prior to joining the Budget Center, Chris was director of the Center for Research and Innovation at the National League of Cities in Washington, DC, leading efforts to analyze trends in local and state government and promote constructive policy action on issues including public finance, economic development, housing, poverty reduction, infrastructure, and governance.  Chris also previously worked for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, DC, and the Public Policy Institute of California in San Francisco. Chris holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science of the College of Idaho. In 2011, in recognition of his service to the state and local community, Chris was elected as a Fellow into the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA).

Dr. Christina Ghaly, M.D.

Director, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services

Dr. Ghaly was appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors as the Director of the Department of Health Services (DHS) on September 25, 2018 after having served in the role as Acting Director since October 2017. In this capacity, Dr. Ghaly has had responsibility for overseeing the operations of the County’s four public hospitals and 23 outpatient clinics. She leads strategic, operational, and clinical/financial initiatives critical to DHS’ financial health and continued transformation in an era of health reform.

Dr. Ghaly previously served as Chief Operations Officer for DHS from 2016 until her permanent appointment as Director.  Her previous roles within DHS also include serving as the Deputy Director for Strategy and Operations and as the Interim Chief Executive Officer at Olive View – UCLA Medical Center and LAC+USC Medical Center.

In 2015, Dr. Ghaly served in a temporary role as the Director of Health Care Integration for the County of Los Angeles Chief Executive Office. This position was created to lead an assessment regarding the potential creation of a health care agency, integrating the Departments of Health Services, Mental Health (DMH) and Public Health (DPH). The Los Angeles County Health Agency was formally created in November 2015.

Dr. Ghaly attended Harvard Medical School and completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Ghaly currently sees patients in the urgent care and on the inpatient medicine service at LAC+USC Medical Center and  Olive View – UCLA Medical Center, respectively.

Deepa Iyer

Director of Movement Building, Building Movement Project; Director, Solidarity Is

Deepa Iyer is a South Asian American writer, lawyer, facilitator, and activist. She is the Director of Movement Building at Building Movement Project and director of Solidarity Is, a project that provides trainings, narratives, and resources on building deep and lasting multiracial solidarity and sustainability of social change ecosystems.

Iyer served as executive director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) for a decade, and has held positions at Race Forward, the US Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, and the Asian American Justice Center.

Iyer’s first book We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future (The New Press 2015), received a 2016 American Book Award. She hosts a podcast called Solidarity Is This to explore solidarity practices around the country. Iyer has received fellowships from Open Society Foundations and the Social Change Initiative, and in 2019, she received an honorary doctoral degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Iyer serves on the Advisory Council of the Emergent Fund.

An immigrant who moved to Kentucky from India when she was twelve, Iyer graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School and Vanderbilt University.

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Fee
No cost to participate

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

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
NCG & SDG members: Please contact [email protected] to register.
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account, contact us.
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

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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Re-imagine LA: Dismantling Systemic Racism by Investing in Health, Housing, and Jobs

Thursday, October 29, 2020
12:00pm - 1:30pm

In unprecedented times, we need historic measures. Measure J to Re-Imagine LA would set a national precedent, permanently investing billions of dollars directly toward the health, housing, and economic justice that our communities, particularly our communities of color, have been calling out for.  

Building off the incredible work of Black Lives Matter and Alternatives to Incarceration movements locally, cross-sector leaders in Los Angeles have come together to quickly place a charter amendment on the November 3 ballot to reallocate funding for community change and homelessness prevention. With just a simple majority vote, Measure J would permanently dedicate a minimum of 10% of unrestricted locally generated tax revenues in LA County to community services and alternatives to incarceration, creating a generational investment and beginning to realign the County’s budget to the values and priorities of its residents. Now a coalition of 100+ community organizations, justice leaders, and advocates across issue areas are coming together to pass Measure J. 

Join leaders from Re-Imagine LA and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles to learn more about the Measure J campaign, how funders in any community can engage and invest in this precedent-setting measure in LA, and you can act locally to replicate the transformational impact of Measure J in your own community, if you are outside LA County.

Participation in this program is limited to private funders.

 

Speakers

•    Chris Ko, Managing Director of Homelessness & Strategic Initiatives (United Way of Greater Los Angeles) 
•    Eunisses Hernandez, Chair (Re-Imagine LA) & Co-Executive Director (La Defensa) 
•    Tommy Newman, Treasurer (Re-Imagine LA) & Senior Director of Impact Initiatives (United Way of Greater Los Angeles) 
 

PLEASE NOTE: This program is co-hosted with Funders Together to End Homelessness. Participation in this program is limited to private funders, including foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, individual philanthropists, and philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs). If you have questions about your eligibility to register, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness.  

 

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Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Private funders who are members of SCG

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

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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Transit Justice is Racial and Climate Justice

Thursday, October 1, 2020
10:00am - 11:30am

Join Smart Growth California’s Los Angeles Funders Collaborative, the Collaborative on Mobility and Access at TFN, Southern California Grantmakers, ClimatePlan, Transit Center, ACT-LA, Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance and the Community Power Collective for a conversation about transit justice in Los Angeles and its state and national implications.

Despite LA County’s car-centric reputation, over a million Angelenos do not have cars, and this is particularly true in LA’s Black and immigrant communities. Public transit is the community infrastructure that connects us to jobs, family, and healthcare. LA County is by far the most populated County in the US; it is critical to maintain and grow our transit ridership in order to address climate change and improve air quality.

However, public transit in LA County is often unreliable, slow, poorly connected and overpoliced. It burdens the pocketbooks of the extremely low income families that rely on it. ACT-LA, a countywide coalition working on transit issues believes that LA Metro as an agency has long prioritized the wrong budget items; funding major train projects over the much more utilized bus system, maintaining an extensive fare enforcement system and committing almost a billion dollars for policing.

Community organizers in LA are building a movement for transit justice in order to make the County’s development of public transportation a pathway to a just transition rather than a source of displacement and further inequity. This convening invites dialogue about the multi-sector nature of this issue, successes and challenges at the state and regional level and where we go from here.


Moderator

David Bragdon

Executive Director, TransitCenter

David has been at the helm of TransitCenter since 2013, leading its reinvention as a civic philanthropy. He assembled the crew and sets direction for the foundation’s mission to improve urban transportation.

He’s a reformer by nature, who’s led change and organizational improvement in both the public and private sectors. He spent the early part of his career as a maritime and aviation freight dog, and was then elected to two terms as President of the Metro Council, the regional government for the Portland, Oregon area. He drove a taxi cab for a year, jump-seated a 747 freighter into the then-USSR, rode a Dutch container ship up the Strait of Malacca, and twice (once for two minutes in Minnesota and once for five minutes in Iowa) has been allowed to run the engineer’s throttle on a freight train, so he knows how to move big things.

Speakers

Chanell Fletcher

Executive Director, ClimatePlan

As the Executive Director of ClimatePlan, Chanell oversees network partners and staff efforts’ on state and regional policy to help California communities become more healthy, equitable, and sustainable. Chanell has over 10 years of experience working on policy issues related to climate change, land use, and transportation. Chanell sits on the boards of the Planning and Conservation League and California Walks. Previously, as the organization’s Associate Director, Chanell led ClimatePlan’s policy campaigns. Prior to that, as Senior California Policy Manager for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Chanell worked with state agencies and the state legislature to support safe walking and bicycling for children and families, especially in lower-income communities throughout California. Chanell began her career as an intern in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, analyzing the federal transportation bill, MAP-21, connecting it to states’ performance and funding needs. Chanell received her Master's degree in Public Administration from San Francisco State University and studied history at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Carla De Paz

Community Power Collective

Carla De Paz is the daughter of an immigrant single mother from Guatemala that found herself planting roots in Lynwood, CA. She had a humble but joyful upbringing, raised in a household with extended and chosen family who instilled a strong sense of responsibility, community, and lots of dancing. Her passion for organizing flourished in college while volunteering for IDEPSCA at multiple day laborer sites. After graduating with a BA in Political Science and Labor & Workplace Studies from UCLA in 2010, she started organizing nursing homeworkers with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). While at SEIU, she organized over 500 workers to win union representation through National Labor Board Relations elections.

Carla became more interested in land use and housing issues after her family lost their home during the foreclosure crisis. In 2013, she started organizing with the East LA Community Corporation and over a 7 year period she led multiple high profile efforts including the base building work for the Los Angeles Street Vendor Campaign which won the legalization of street vending in 2019 and securing affordable housing and green space on all Metro-owned land in Boyle Heights. She also played a big part in shaping ELACC’s political orientation towards transformative organizing and movement building, making ELACC a prominent player within the housing justice movement ecosystem.

Unfortunately, after suffering a financial crisis that was amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization was no longer able to sustain its organizing programs. In April of 2020, Carla made the decision to lead the separation of ELACC’s organizing work into a new entity, the Community Power Collective (CPC), and now leads CPC’s operations, advocacy and coalition work. She chairs the Organizing Committees for the Alliance for Community Transit (ACT-LA), the Healthy LA Coalition, and is on the steering committee for Homes For All California.

Carla’s lived experience and learnings in the 12 years of organizing have solidified her identity as a social movement leftist and she hopes to continue building her skill sets as a strategist within CPC and to strengthen CPC’s role as a tool for winning housing and land use justice in Los Angeles. Carla enjoys reading poetry about radical free love, she enjoys summer day dancing to reggaeton, and enjoys Sundays by herself with her plants.

 

Laura Raymond 

Director, ACT-LA

Laura Raymond is the Director of the Alliance for Community Transit – Los Angeles (ACT-LA), a coalition of 37 organizations. Since 2015, she has led ACT-LA’s work on numerous successful city and County campaigns that have won policies including Measure JJJ, LA’s affordable housing linkage fee, and LA Metro’s Transit-Oriented Communities (TOC) policy. She also co-led a community/labor campaign that defeated Measure S. Currently, she is directing the coalition’s equitable planning program, its city, county and statewide policy work, and a transit justice organizing and advocacy campaign.

Over the last 20 years, she has been active in a wide range of policy campaigns, civil and human rights projects and has built and coordinated numerous social justice coalitions. Prior to ACT-LA, she spent 6 years managing advocacy campaigns with the Center for Constitutional Rights and 3 years as National Student Organizer for the National Lawyers Guild. She has a self-designed Masters degree in Policy Advocacy from the School for International Training and a B.A. in Community Studies from UC Santa Cruz.

Alexandra Suh

Executive Director, KIWA

A supporter of KIWA since she moved to Los Angeles in 2002, Alexandra Suh joined KIWA’s staff in 2009 and became executive director in 2011. Suh has over twenty years’ experience in social justice work and holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University. In 2014, California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez honored her as 53rd Assembly District Woman of the Year. Suh was named one of LA Weekly’s People 2014 and is the recipient of Liberty Hill’s 2014 Changemaker Award. She was a member of the 2014-15 cohort of the Fellowship for a New California and the 2018 cohort of Lead Now California through the Rockwood Leadership Institute. Suh serves on the executive boards of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor (LA Fed) and of the National Immigration Law Center (NILC). She also serves on the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board. She lives in Koreatown with her partner and two children. She seeks to bring ecological awareness together with organizing and advocacy for social and economic justice–to create a livable Koreatown, Los Angeles, and world.

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Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and SDG members

Registration
SCG members: Register online
NCG & SDG members: Register online
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

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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Impact Investing: An Impact Investing Journey to address California’s Housing Crisis

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
10:00am - 11:30am
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More than half of all people experiencing unsheltered homelessness (108,000 individuals) in our country live in California.

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5:00pm - 6:00pm
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A Californian coalition (The Economic Mobility Collaborative) sets out this vision: “Every Californian should have a chance to work, to discover their potential, and to share that pote

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