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Education Funders Group Meeting December

Wednesday, December 1, 2021
10:00am - 11:30am

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Program information coming soon. 
 

Quarterly Dates

Tuesday, March 2 | 10:00am - 11:30am Learn more >>>

Wednesday, May 5 | 10:00am - 11:30am Learn more >>>

Tuesday, August 17 | 10:00am - 11:30am Learn more >>>
 

About Education Funders Group

Meeting for over a decade, the Education Funders Group brings philanthropic funders together to learn about issues, trends and needs in the field of education to inform individual and collective grantmaking. Ideas for topics are proposed by funders, who work with the co-chairs to organize a learning session. This year, EFG will continue to explore Community School Models, Education Policy and Advocacy, and Workforce Development and Career Technical Education.


Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG and EFG members only

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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Education Funders Group Meeting August

Tuesday, August 17, 2021
10:00am - 11:30am

Save the Date!

Program information coming soon. 
 

Quarterly Dates

Tuesday, March 2 | 10:00am - 11:30am Learn more >>

Wednesday, May 5 | 10:00am - 11:30am Learn more >>>

Tuesday, August 17 | 10:00am - 11:30am Learn more >>>

Wednesday, December 1 | 10:00am - 11:30am Learn more >>>
 

About Education Funders Group

Meeting for over a decade, the Education Funders Group brings philanthropic funders together to learn about issues, trends and needs in the field of education to inform individual and collective grantmaking. Ideas for topics are proposed by funders, who work with the co-chairs to organize a learning session. This year, EFG will continue to explore Community School Models, Education Policy and Advocacy, and Workforce Development and Career Technical Education.


Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG and EFG members only

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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Education Funders Group Meeting May

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
10:00am - 11:30am

Save the Date!

Program information coming soon. 

 

Quarterly Dates

Tuesday, March 2 | 10:00am - 11:30am Learn more >>>

Tuesday, August 17 | 10:00am - 11:30am Learn more >>>

Wednesday, December 1 | 10:00am - 11:30am Learn more >>>
 

About Education Funders Group

Meeting for over a decade, the Education Funders Group brings philanthropic funders together to learn about issues, trends and needs in the field of education to inform individual and collective grantmaking. Ideas for topics are proposed by funders, who work with the co-chairs to organize a learning session. This year, EFG will continue to explore Community School Models, Education Policy and Advocacy, and Workforce Development and Career Technical Education.


Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG and EFG members only

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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Education Funders Group: California’s State Budget and its Impact on K-12 School Funding

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
10:00am - 11:30am

SCG’s Education Funders Group invites you to join us for a deep dive into California Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed state budget. We will explore how the budget would affect K-12 school funding and the opportunities to support extended learning based on best practices. We will also hear updates from the Los Angeles County Office of Education’s Learning Acceleration Task Force, which meets regularly with district superintendents to identify challenges as they prepare to reopen. Finally, as we approach a year since COVID-19 closed the physical campus of most schools and community centers, we will focus on learnings from 2020 regarding the work of community-based organizations and schools to respond, and how philanthropy can support their efforts, including their plans for the summer and the next school year. 

The Education Funders Group brings philanthropic funders together quarterly to learn about issues, trends, and needs in the field of education to inform individual and collective grantmaking. Over the years, the group has explored a variety of topics, including early childhood education, after-school programming, parent engagement, blended learning, linked learning, STEM, implementation of the common core, and college access/college success.

 

Moderator

Susan Kagehiro

Director of Programs, Stuart Foundation

Susan has spent most of her career within or in partnership with school districts. Most recently, she helped develop DIAL EE, an early education initiative of the CDE Foundation that supports the testing and adaptation of innovative practices that strengthens student learning and builds coherence across the PK – 12 school system. She also spent 15 years working in various capacities with the San Francisco Unified School Districts (SFUSD) starting from helping coordinate joint youth development and support programs between the City of San Francisco and SFUSD to serving in the Superintendent’s Office across three superintendents’ tenures. In addition, she served as the Education Program Officer for the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, a family foundation based in San Francisco and worked in social policy research at Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation and MPR Associates on evaluations that included a high school career academy demonstration project and implementation of an innovative mental health-focused unemployment support program.

 

Speakers

John Garcia III, Ed.L.D 

President, Greater Los Angeles Education Foundation

Dr. John Garcia III is currently President of the Greater Los Angeles Education Foundation. Previously, he was the Senior Program Officer for Education at the California Community Foundation.  John has served as a consultant for the National Governors Association, Jobs for the Future and the Southern Regional Education Board. He was also a policy analyst for the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics and a resident fellow at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. John began his career in education as a school counselor after working for Intel Corporation and Jet Propulsion Laboratory and founded the Arizona College Access Network at the Arizona Commission for Post-secondary Education.  

John received his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Arizona State University. He received his doctorate in education leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. John is currently a board member of Grantmakers for Education, Social Venture Partners Los Angeles, and the New York Leadership Academy.

Jonathan Kaplan

Senior Policy Analyst, California Budget is & Policy Center

Jonathan Kaplan joined the Budget Center in 2006. He analyzes education policy with a focus on K-12 and higher education. Prior to joining the Budget Center, Jonathan taught law and United States history for seven years in Martinez, California, where he also served as chair of Alhambra High School’s social science department. He holds a master’s degree in education from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and received his bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University.

Kelly King

Senior Program Officer, Education & Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund

Kelly King manages programs and partnerships that support a more equitable education system in Los Angeles County, with a special focus on postsecondary access and attainment. King also directs the Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund, a joint initiative of the California Community Foundation and the College Futures Foundation to increase college attainment in the region.

Before joining CCF in 2015, King was an executive vice president at Focusing Philanthropy where she managed a national portfolio of philanthropic investments that included education, health access, and workforce development.

King began her career in the education and nonprofit sector at the Scripps College Academy. As director from 2008-2013, she led the program to national recognition including from First Lady Michelle Obama as a recipient of the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.

King received a bachelor’s degree in politics and public policy analysis from Scripps College and a master’s degree in education policy, evaluation and reform from Claremont Graduate University.

Jennifer Peck

President & CEO, Partnership for Children & Youth

Jennifer Peck has led Partnership for Children & Youth (PCY) since the organization’s founding in 2001.  During this time, she has grown PCY to be the leading California intermediary building access to high quality after-school and summer learning programs, and played a major role in lifting up community schools and social and emotional learning as priorities in California schools.  Jennifer led the creation of the California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance, the California Summer Matters Campaign, the California Community Schools Network, and HousED which builds on-site learning supports for students living in public and affordable housing.  Jennifer and her team are experts in improving how our public systems serve the most vulnerable students, and through policy change and implementation support, have improved and increased educational opportunities and supports for millions of students in California. Prior to joining PCY, Jennifer was an appointee of President Bill Clinton at the U.S. Department of Education, supporting the implementation of priority initiatives including the federal government’s first investment in Community Learning Centers.    

 

Quarterly Dates

Wednesday, May 5 | 10:00am - 11:30am Learn more >>>

Tuesday, August 17 | 10:00am - 11:30am Learn more >>>

Wednesday, December 1 | 10:00am - 11:30am Learn more >>>

 

About Education Funders Group

Meeting for over a decade, the Education Funders Group brings philanthropic funders together to learn about issues, trends and needs in the field of education to inform individual and collective grantmaking. Ideas for topics are proposed by funders, who work with the co-chairs to organize a learning session. This year, EFG will continue to explore Community School Models, Education Policy and Advocacy, and Workforce Development and Career Technical Education.


Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG members only

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
EFG members contact contact us at [email protected] 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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Build Back Better: Digital Equity in the Biden-Harris Administration

Thursday, February 25, 2021
10:00am - 11:30am

Join Michelson 20MM on February 25th for the next Connecting California event: Build Back Better: Digital Equity in the Biden-Harris Administration. Following President Biden’s pledge to make digital equity a cornerstone of his administration, our panel will share their insights on the government’s approach to technology policy, and how the Biden-Harris administration can lead on one of the most potentially transformative economic development investments of the century.

In August 2020, the Michelson 20MM Foundation launched its Connecting California learning series, which convenes the public, private and philanthropic sectors. Connecting California seeks to strengthen collective understanding of the history and root causes of the “digital divides”–the economic and educational gaps created by inequitable access to high-speed internet, computing devices, and digital literacy resources. Featuring business leaders, digital equity practitioners, philanthropic investors and policymakers, Connecting California provides a forum that speaks to different facets of the complex landscape for building digital equity solutions at national, state and local levels.

 

Speakers

Kathryn De Wit

Manager, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Kathryn de WitKathryn de Wit joined Pew in 2018 and leads Pew’s Broadband Research Initiative. Before joining Pew, de Wit was an associate with Booz Allen Hamilton, where she focused on telecommunications, cybersecurity, and economic development issues. Before her work at Booz Allen Hamilton, she was a Senior Fellow with the Heinz Endowments. At the Endowments, de Wit led philanthropy efforts focused on youth engagement, place-based grantmaking, and regional economic development. De Wit holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Sociology from Penn State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Adrianne B. Furniss 

Executive Director, Board Member, and Trustee, Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

Adrianne Furniss headshotAdrianne B. Furniss is Executive Director, Board Member, and Trustee of the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society, a private operating foundation with offices in Evanston, Illinois. Since 1981, the Benton Institute has been committed to access, equity, and diversity to fulfill its mission: that everyone in the United States should have equal access to open, affordable, High-Performance Broadband as a means to deliver individual opportunity, strengthen communities, and ensure a thriving democracy. Currently, Adrianne serves on the Board of Advisors for the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC) and as Secretary and Executive Committee member of the Board of Directors for PCs for People.

Gigi Sohn

Distinguished Fellow, Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy
Senior Fellow and Public Advocate, Benton Institute

Gigi Sohn is a Distinguished Fellow at the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy and a Benton Senior Fellow and Public Advocate. For over thirty years, Gigi has worked to defend and preserve the fundamental competition and innovation policies that have made broadband Internet access more ubiquitous, competitive, affordable, open and protective of user privacy.

Previously, Sohn was Counselor to Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler; Co-Founder and CEO of Public Knowledge; Project Specialist in the Ford Foundation’s Media, Arts and Culture unit; Executive Director of the Media Access Project, a communications public interest law firm; and a member of President Clinton’s Advisory Committee on the Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters.

Ms. Sohn holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Broadcasting and Film from the Boston University College of Communication and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Tony Thurmond

California State Superintendent of Public Instruction

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond is responsible for the largest public school system in the nation, with more than 6.3 million students and over 10,000 schools. Since taking office earlier this year, State Superintendent Thurmond has made improving equity, access, and opportunity for California’s public school students his top priority. He has created initiatives that are focused on closing the achievement gap for our state’s most vulnerable students and is dedicated to supporting educators in delivering an equitable education to all students. During his 4-year tenure in the Assembly, Thurmond authored legislation that successfully expanded the free lunch program, bilingual education, and the Chafee Grant college scholarship program for foster youth. Additionally, Thurmond’s legislation guaranteed preferential voting rights for student school board members improved access to families for early education and childcare and shifted millions of dollars directly from prisons to schools. State Superintendent Thurmond is a social worker, educator, advocate, and public school parent who continues to work tirelessly on behalf of all students to ensure they reach their full academic potential.

 

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Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG members

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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Addressing the Student Basic Needs Crisis: Seeing Students as Humans First

Thursday, January 28, 2021
10:00am - 11:30am

Students are facing more financial emergencies than ever before and institutions of higher education across the country are struggling to pivot to offer the help and support that students need. Much attention has been given to stop out rates, drop out rates, and decreasing enrollment and transfer rates. The concept of a lost generation of students has permeated higher education circles, conferences, and forums.

What is missing from these conversations? The idea of seeing students as humans first.

Pre-COVID, 43% of students at two and four year universities in the United States were food insecure. 48% of them faced housing insecurity, and 16% of them experienced homelessness. Since the pandemic hit, a survey of 38,000 students conducted by the Hope Center for College Community and Justice indicated that 3 in 5 students (60%) were experiencing basic needs insecurity. 63% of students at four year colleges and 50% of students at two year colleges reported that they couldn’t concentrate on school because of the pandemic.

The student basic needs crisis that existed prior to the pandemic has hit a tipping point, and students that were barely “making it” have joined those already impacted by the crisis and have been forced to re-evaluate their short and long term futures. This often means eliminating higher education from their plans.

Fortunately, there is hope amid this daunting landscape. Join us for a conversation with the nation’s leading experts on Student Basic Needs to evaluate where we stand in our response to help students and what relief 2021 might bring.

 

Panelists

  • Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Temple University; Founder and President, Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice
  • Dr. Rashida Crutchfield, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Social Work, California State University, Long Beach
  • Rachel Sumekh, Founder and CEO, Swipe Out Hunger

 

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Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and Catalyst members and eligible non-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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California's Master Plan for Early Learning and Care

Monday, January 25, 2021
10:30am - 12:00pm

Since coming to office, Governor Gavin Newsom has made bold investments in California's children- from $1.8 billion in early childhood to a comprehensive paid family leave policy. Last year, Governor Newsom's budget allocated $5 million to develop a California Master Plan for Early Learning and Care, aiming to provide a roadmap for improving its early childhood education and care system. The deep disparities exposed by COVID-19 and the surge of the movement for racial justice in 2020 have altered California's early childhood landscape in critical ways, underscoring the importance of addressing equity and inclusion in the Master Plan report.

Over the past year, under the Early Childhood Action Research Team's guidance and with the Early Childhood Policy Council's input, state leaders have been working hard to develop this blueprint unveiled on December 1, 2020.

As part of the launch of the Master Plan, the state is excited to share the report's findings with the public and early childhood stakeholders throughout the state while also lifting various public-private partnerships that will support the vision of the new plan in 2021 and beyond.

Join us for a webinar on California's Master Plan for Early Learning and Care to:

  • Understand the key components of the Master Plan and the recommended steps necessary to establish universal preschool, better support the early childhood workforce and low income-providers, and improve overall equity and access to quality learning and care, among other areas
  • Engage in discussion with funders and early childhood stakeholders to learn how philanthropy can educate, advocate, and partner with government to ensure the most effective and equitable implementation of the Master Plan
  • Engage with various leaders from the Master Plan team from the Governor's Office, Department of Health and Human Services, and Early Childhood Action Research Team
  • Learn about the various public-private partnerships opportunities that were included within the plan as well as those announced alongside it to catalyze future collaboration

 

Speakers

  • Lupita Alcala, Director of Education Policy & Outcomes, WestEd
  • Congresswoman Sara Jacobs (CA-53), Founder and Chair, San Diego for Every Child
  • Erin Hogeboom, Director, San Diego for Every Child
  • Kim Johnson, Director, California Department of Social Services
  • September Jarrett, Program Officer, Education Program, Heising-Simons Foundation
  • Jannelle Kubinec, Chief Administrative Officer, WestEd
  • Meera Mani, Director, Children, Families, and Communities (CFC) Program, Packard Foundation
  • Giannina Pérez, Senior Policy Advisor for Early Childhood, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom
  • Kris Perry, Deputy Secretary for Early Childhood Development, California Health and Human Services Agency\
  • Kim Pattillo Brownson, Director of Strategy and Policy, Los Angeles, Ballmer Group
  • Megan Thomas, Interim President, Catalyst

 

Moderator

  • Kathleen Kelly Janus, Senior Advisor on Social Innovation, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

 

Presented in partnership with:


Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and Catalyst members

Registration
SCG members: Register online.
NCG & Catalyst members: Please contact [email protected] 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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Education Funders Group: An Update on LA County’s Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
10:00am - 11:30am
Where: 
Virtual

As the year comes to an end parents and educators are anxiously awaiting to hear plans on the reopening of schools. SCG’s Education Funders Group invites you to join us for a briefing on how LA County’s Department of Public Health is working with school districts and charter schools on the safety measures being taken for the reopening of schools.

The Education Funders Group brings philanthropic funders together quarterly to learn about issues, trends, and needs in the field of education to inform individual and collective grantmaking. Over the years, the group has explored a variety of topics, including early childhood education, after school programming, parent engagement, blended learning, linked learning, STEM, implementation of the common core, and college access/college success.

 

Speakers

Myrna Castrejón

President and Chief Executive Officer, CCSA

As the leader of CCSA, Myrna Castrejón has managed the membership organization representing California's public charter schools since January 2019.

Prior to assuming the role of President and CEO, she served for nearly three years as the Founding Executive Director of Great Public Schools Now, an organization created in winter 2015. As the Executive Director, Myrna led Great Public Schools Now's strategy to transform public education in Los Angeles by expanding high-quality public schools of diverse governance models in the areas most in need of support.

Before that assignment, Myrna worked at the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) in various key leadership roles since its founding in late 2003, leading the government affairs, local advocacy, quality, school development, and research and evaluation portfolios at various times. Her work with CCSA was preceded by a decade in school reform efforts in Texas and Los Angeles.

In the late 1990s-early 2000s, Myrna served as a consultant to the state-funded Urban Education Partnership/LAUSD, helping to develop eight innovative early education service centers in the most high-need areas of Los Angeles; served as VP of School and Family Networks for the Los Angeles Alliance for Student Achievement and the director for family engagement for the Los Angeles Annenberg Metropolitan Project.

In Texas, Myrna spearheaded parent and community engagement efforts at the El Paso Collaborative for Academic Excellence, a K-16 systemic reform initiative and served for nearly a decade as a key education leader, supporting community organizing strategies for the Southwest Industrial Areas Foundation and its statewide Alliance Schools Initiative to develop parent, teacher and community capacity to transform low-performing schools into high achieving centers for community-wide change.

Whether in community organizing efforts or through her leadership on the national board of Parents for Public Schools, Myrna cemented her professional ‘north star’ orientation early: to center the needs of students and parents and give their children high-quality education opportunities when faced with so few equitable choices. Her passion for this critical work is personal too - as a single mother and an immigrant - driven by what she knows is possible when commitment, opportunity and urgency meet to help families carve out better futures.

Myrna is a member of the Aspen Pahara Education Fellowship's eighth class and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Myrna and her son share their home with two black cats and the six different brass instruments her son plays in his quest to feature in a college marching band. Will it be USC? UCLA? Stay tuned…

Valerie Cuevas

Senior Program Officer for Education, The California Community Foundation

Valerie Cuevas serves as Senior Program Officer for Education at the California Community Foundation. With expertise in educational equity, state legislative policy and K-12 governance, she most recently led Education grantmaking strategy as the Senior Program Officer for Education at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF). She entered philanthropy after a significant tenure with Education Trust-West, where she focused on public policy advocacy and program work that improved educational outcomes for all students pre-Kinder through college. Additionally, Valerie recently completed two-terms as a publicly elected school board member and served as President of the West Contra Costa Unified Board of Education, a middle-sized, urban Bay area school district serving approximately 30,000 children, seventy-five percent of whom are English learners, low-income and/or foster youth students. Valerie is a proud product of California’s public education system and a staunch advocate for kids. She is frequently featured in the media for her respected expertise and education equity advocacy.

Debra Duardo, M.S.W., Ed.D.

Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools

Debra Duardo was appointed Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors effective May 15, 2016, designating her as the top education leader of the nation’s most populous and diverse county.

Previously executive director of Student Health and Human Services for the Los Angeles Unified School District, Dr. Duardo now serves as the chief executive officer for the Los Angeles County Office of Education, and as secretary of the County Board of Education. In this post, Dr. Duardo provides leadership and support to the superintendents and other top administrators of the county’s 80 K-12 school districts.

She has 30 years of professional experience working with at-promise students and their families. Her unique life experience as a high school dropout able to overcome obstacles and rise to the position of executive director drives her passion to ensure that all students receive an education in a safe, caring environment and that every student is college-prepared and career ready.

As LAUSD’s executive director of Student Health and Human Services, she was responsible for the administrative oversight of support services and district programs including Student Medical Services, School Nursing, School Mental Health, Pupil Services, Dropout Prevention and Recovery, Health Education, Community Partners, and Medi-Cal programs.

She holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a doctorate from UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Appointed by former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, she also served as a City Commissioner on the Commission for Community and Family Services. Dr. Duardo is currently the Chair of the National Dropout Prevention Network Board of Directors which she has served on since 2006.

Dr. Barbara Ferrer

Director of Public Health, Los Angeles County

Dr. Barbara Ferrer is a nationally‐known public health leader with over 30 years of professional experience as a philanthropic strategist, public health director, educational leader, researcher, and community advocate. She has a proven track record of working collaboratively to improve population outcomes through efforts that build health and education equity.

Most recently, Dr. Ferrer served as the Chief Strategy Officer for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where she was responsible for developing the strategic direction for critical program‐related work and providing leadership to the foundation’s key program areas: Education & Learning; Family Economic Security; Food, Health & Well‐Being; Racial Equity; Community Engagement; and Leadership Development.

Prior to working at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Dr. Ferrer served as the Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission, where she led a range of public health programs and built innovative partnerships to address inequities in health outcomes and support healthy communities and healthy families. During her time as Executive Director, Dr. Ferrer secured federal, state, and local funding for critical public health infrastructure and community‐based programs. Under her leadership, the City of Boston saw significant improvements in health outcomes, including a decrease in the rates of childhood obesity, smoking, and infant mortality.

Dr. Ferrer has also served as Director of Health Promotion & Chronic Disease Prevention and Director of the Division of the Maternal & Child Health at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. As a headmaster at a district high school in Boston, she led efforts to significantly improve high school graduation rates and ensure that every graduating senior was accepted to college. Dr. Ferrer received her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from Brandeis University, a Master of Arts in Public Health from Boston University, a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Cassy Horton

Vice President, Greater Los Angeles Local Advocacy

Cassy is Vice President, Greater Los Angeles Local Advocacy. She leads CCSA's cross-functional efforts to secure public policy wins that improve education equity throughout Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. Cassy is a mission-driven leader with more than a decade of experience engaging and activating social and public sector stakeholders to deliver meaningful change in California. Her expertise includes government relations, strategic communications, and social impact. She studied political science and public affairs at U.C.L.A, and is pursuing her M.B.A. through the University of Chicago Booth's Civic Scholars program for leading government and nonprofit professionals from across the U.S.. Cassy was the president of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network- Los Angeles, serves as a Chair of Booth Social Impact, and has volunteered with dozens of community-based organizations and political campaigns. When she is offline you can find her camping in the mountains or playing rec-league volleyball.


Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG members

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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Connecting California: Solving the Digital Divide, Part Three

Thursday, November 19, 2020
9:00am - 10:30am

In August, the Michelson 20MM Foundation launched its Connecting California learning series convening the public, private and philanthropic sectors to strengthen our collective understanding of the history and root causes of the “digital divides” –– the economic and educational gaps created by inequitable access to high-speed internet, computing devices, and digital literacy resources. Connecting California features business leaders, digital equity practitioners, philanthropic investors and policymakers—all speaking to different facets of the complex landscape for building digital equity solutions at national, state and local levels. 

Join Michelson 20MM on November 19th for the next Connecting California event. “Philanthropy Post-COVID: Where Do We Go From Here?” will spotlight philanthropic leaders and the digital equity investments they’ve made pre- and post-pandemic. Hear from grantmakers, public-private liaisons, and venture investors as they share best practices, lessons learned, and how to build back better beyond COVID-19. 

 

Speakers

Adrianne B. Furniss
Executive Director, Board Member, and Trustee, Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

Adrianne B. Furniss is Executive Director, Board Member, and Trustee of the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society, a private operating foundation with offices in Evanston, Illinois. Since 1981, the Benton Institute has been committed to access, equity, and diversity to fulfill its mission: that everyone in the United States should have equal access to open, affordable, High-Performance Broadband as a means to deliver individual opportunity, strengthen communities, and ensure a thriving democracy.

Currently, Adrianne serves on the Board of Advisors for the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC) and as Secretary and Executive Committee member of the Board of Directors for PCs for People.

David Rattray
President & CEO, UNITE-LA

David Rattray is the President & CEO of UNITE-LA. Since 1998, he has led UNITE-LA in ensuring the continuous improvement of effective and aligned cradle-to-career public education and workforce development systems in Los Angeles, resulting in all children and youth having access to a high-quality education.

Previously Rattray spent more than 20 years in the foodservice distribution industry. Rattray serves on the L.A. City Workforce Development Board and Youth Council and was vice chair of the State Workforce Investment Board’s Lifelong Learning Committee. He is also the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Linked Learning Alliance. Rattray earned his M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.

Priyanka Sharma
Co-Director, Digital US World Education, Inc. 

Priyanka Sharma leads innovative projects for World Education, Inc. on college and career readiness, technology integration, digital transformation, and digital skills development. Priyanka co-leads Digital US, a national initiative with a cross-sector approach to design a learn and work ecosystem that fosters digital resilience for all learner workers in the U.S., and also directs the New England Literacy Resource Center (NELRC), leading projects that emerge from collaboration among the policy-makers, professional developers, and practitioners in the five member states. She is based in Boston, MA. 

Leon Wilson
Chief of Digital Innovation & Chief Information Officer, Cleveland Foundation

Leon Wilson has over 25 years in Information Technology, currently as the Chief of Digital Innovation & Chief Information Officer at the Cleveland Foundation. In this dual role, Leon is part of the executive committee leading the foundation’s Information & Technology Services department, focusing on strategic and transformational use of technology and data within the foundation and the philanthropic sector. Additionally, as Chief of Digital Innovation, Leon oversees the foundation’s Digital Excellence grant-making strategy geared toward “building a stronger, more equitable and inclusive digital community” tackling Cleveland’s digital divide; along with elevating Greater Cleveland’s position as a intelligent / smart city and regional technology innovation hub.

 

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Presented by Co-hosts

The Michelson 20MM Foundation


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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Connecting California: Solving the Digital Divide, Part Two

Thursday, September 17, 2020
9:00am - 10:30am

Amongst its far-reaching effects, the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 illuminated another as-yet-unsolved plague on American society: the yawning economic and educational chasm perpetuated by the “digital divides,” across access to a device, high speed internet, and digital literacy. Put differently: many of our greatest problems, while newly exacerbated by COVID-19, can be traced to the same root cause–digital inequity. 

When schools began shuttering mid-spring, many of us learned for the first time that millions of households lack Internet connectivity, as well as devices for online schooling and work. With each passing day, the likelihood that our 2020-2021 academic year will take place at least partially online is increasing. The “digital divides” — once topics relegated to select circles of corporate social responsibility, creative device refurbishment, educational punditry and philanthropic experimentation — is now top of mind for business leaders, educators, lawmakers and philanthropists alike.

Connecting California attendees will hear insights from business leaders, digital equity practitioners, philanthropic investors and policymakers—all representing different facets of the complex landscape around building equitable solutions to the digital divides at national, state and local levels. Join us for an in-depth analysis of digital (in)equity—its history, related policies, cross-sectoral priorities, and emerging and proven solutions.

“Stronger Together: The Role of Cross-Sector Partnerships in Digital Equity” will take place on September 17th and focus on deepening our understanding of how effective public-private partnerships can be designed and implemented to excellence, specifically at the local and regional levels. Subject matter experts from government, industry and philanthropy will share case studies of proven models and solutions implemented both in-state and around the country. 

On August 6th, we launched Connecting California with a conversation titled The Digital Divide: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. That program focused on building a foundation for in-depth understanding of national, state and local contexts and precedents in digital (in)equity, and introducing attendees to ongoing initiatives combatting the COVID-19 crisis and its effects on our country and society. If you were unable to attend, please find a recording here

 

Speakers

Senator Lena A. Gonzalez

California State Senate, 33rd District

Senator Lena A. Gonzalez was elected to the State Senate to represent the 33rd District in June of 2019. Growing up in a working-class family where her father was a truck driver and her mother worked in aerospace, Senator Gonzalez learned the value of hard work and dedication.

Prior to being elected to the Senate, Gonzalez served on the Long Beach City Council from 2014-2019. On the Council, Gonzalez tackled issues such as banning the use of expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) in local restaurants, creating over 200 new parking spaces, protecting local businesses through increased access to contracts and bids and ensuring the City of Long Beach took steps to combat and address homelessness.

Gonzalez also worked in the private sector for Microsoft, leading civic engagement investments for the Los Angeles region. Her focus was on expanding diversity and inclusion in the tech sector by providing grants to non-profit organizations and digital skills programs for underserved communities, including unemployed adults seeking job training and creating career pathways for youth, especially supporting young girls of color in STEM.

In the Senate, Gonzalez prioritizes creating economic opportunity for all families and children in SD 33. Gonzalez wants to create jobs, promote quality education, address the crisis in affordable housing and homelessness, protect our environment and attract innovation to SD 33. Senator Gonzalez sits on the Senate Health Committee, Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate Transportation Committee, and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. She is Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Ports & Goods Movement and Chair of the Special Committee on Pandemic Emergency Response.

Jennie Huang Bennett

Chief Financial Officer, City of Chicago

Jennie Bennett serves as the City of Chicago’s Chief Financial Officer. Previously the Chief Financial Officer for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), Ms. Bennett has extensive experience in managing financial turnarounds, driving cost efficiencies, managing large complex capital structures, developing governmental budgets, generating revenues through creative solutions, and finding paths toward financial stability. Bennett has a wide range of both public sector and private sector experience. She helped lead CPS through significant financial difficulties, which have now been relieved through new, fairer educational funding. She also served as CPS’s acting Chief Internal Auditor from 2018-2019 and Treasurer from 2012-16. Prior to CPS, Bennett spent over a decade as a senior investment banker in municipal securities, managing post-recovery financing needs for New York after 9/11 and Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, large water and wastewater acquisitions as well as various types of municipal financings.

Joshua Edmonds

Director of Digital Inclusion, City of Detroit

Joshua Edmonds is the City of Detroit’s inaugural Director of Digital Inclusion and a Poverty Solutions Fellow at the University of Michigan. Joshua is responsible for developing a sustainable digital inclusion strategy to bridge Detroit’s digital divide. Joshua’s work intersects with public policy, telecommunications and public-private partnership building. While at the City, Joshua has testified in front of Congress on the matter of digital equity, hosted Detroit’s first Digital Inclusion Summit, and most recently, helped raise $23 million to provide every public school student with broadband and computers. Prior to his current role, Joshua served as a Digital Innovation Fellow at The Cleveland Foundation where he leveraged philanthropic and corporate funding to help address Cleveland, Ohio’s digital divide. Joshua also worked on President Obama’s ConnectHome initiative at the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority.

Jeanne Holm

Chief Data Officer and Senior Technology Advisor to the Mayor, City of Los Angeles

Jeanne is the Chief Data Officer and Senior Technology Advisor to the Mayor at the City of Los Angeles, helping 4,000,000 people and 500,000 businesses get access to and use data for innovation, equity, health and safety. She connects public-private partners for innovations ranging from digital equity to 5G. She has led the delivery of online services, 311, public television and digital media, and ShakeAlertLA. She founded the Data Science Federation partnering universities and cities to create innovative solutions such as using artificial intelligence for traffic safety and machine learning to improve air quality. She was formerly the Evangelist for open data for the White House under President Obama, the leader for Africa open data for the World Bank, and the Chief Knowledge Architect at NASA. She is a Distinguished Instructor at UCLA, a Trustee of Claremont Graduate University, a Fellow of the United Nations International Academy of Astronautics, on the Global Leadership Board for Time's Up, and an advisor to the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network. She leads a startup that promotes equity, education, and social justice through technology and education programs for innovators throughout the world.

Seth Hubbert

Executive Director, Tech Exchange

Seth Hubbert is the Executive Director of Tech Exchange, a Bay Area nonprofit that provides equitable technology access to underserved communities through refurbishing donated computers and providing digital skills training.  During his 6 years at Tech Exchange, Seth has led the growth of the organization by a factor of 5x, while serving 25,000 families with home access support.  Before joining Tech Exchange, Seth served as an educator for 10 years. Beginning in the classroom as a Teach for America Physics and Chemistry teacher in New York City, Seth developed a passion for how technology can support and enhance student learning.  Through subsequent Director of Technology roles, he has led the vision and implementation of blended learning, integrated coding, 1-to-1 student device access, and design technology programs. He’s served on the Technology, Innovation and Design committee for the European Council of International Schools and has instructed university courses on STEM curriculum for new teachers. Seth has a B.S. in Physics from Whitworth University and a M.S. in Education from Pace University.

Jordan Sun

Chief Innovation Officer, City of San Jose

Jordan Sun is the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of San Jose.  Jordan brings deep, cross-sector global experience in innovation, technology, government, and healthcare to work on behalf of the residents of San José.  Prior to joining the city, Jordan was deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan as the Chief Operating Officer for the Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan Technology Team with the U.S. Army.  Before deploying to Afghanistan, Jordan was with Siemens Healthineers as Director of Venture Development and CEO of an incubated digital health startup focused on workforce productivity and reducing burnout.  He also held commercial leadership roles in healthcare for a Bay Area, Foxconn-backed robotic radiosurgery startup and a Taiwanese publicly-traded medical technology company in Shanghai, China.  Jordan started his professional career in Foreign Exchange Sales & Trading with a leading Japanese investment bank based in New York City.  He then served as a diplomat in the U.S. Department of State with an overseas tour in Taiwan focusing on foreign policy and technology.  He was also assigned to Japan as a U.S. Army Foreign Affairs Officer and is a two-time volunteer of the war in Afghanistan.  Jordan received a B.S. from New York University (NYU) and attended Yale University’s School of Management. He is an advisor with UCSF Innovation Ventures (Catalyst), a startup mentor with First Round Capital’s Fast Track Program, a former mentor at Plug and Play, and commercialization fellow with Yale’s Office of Cooperative Research.


Foundation Partner

 

 

Presented by Co-hosts

The Michelson 20MM Foundation and the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom in service of advancing digital equity for all CA students and families.

 


Fee
No cost to participate

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

Registration
SCG members: Register online
NCG & SDG members: Register online
Non-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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