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SCG Environmental Funders Group November

Friday, November 19, 2021
10:30am - 12:00pm

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About SCG Environmental Funders Group

The SCG Environmental Funders Group meets quarterly to educate prospective and current environmental funders about environmental challenges and opportunities in Southern California and foster collaboration, and share successes and challenges. Please contact Katy Pelissier at [email protected] for more information or visit the group's page on the Southern California Grantmakers' website.

This program is part of SCG's 2021 recurring programs. To register for all upcoming dates, please click the "Register for Recurring Dates" button. This feature is only open to members; please contact us if you are a non-member and wish to register for the series at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866.

 

Quarterly Dates

Friday, February 19 | 10:30am - 12:00pm Learn more >>>

Wednesday, May 21 | 10:00am - 12:00pm Learn more >>>

Friday, August 20 | 10:30am - 12:00pm Learn more >>>

 

Presented in partnership with 

 


Fee
Members of SCG, Smart Growth CA and EGA $0
Non-Members: $100

Who May Attend
Current SCG, Smart Growth CA and EGA members and eligible non-members.

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
Smart Growth CA, and EGA members: email Jacqueline Carillo at [email protected]
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account Jacqueline Carillo at [email protected]
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

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Climate, Health, and Equity in SoCal: A Case Study for Understanding Intersecting and Layered Issues

Friday, August 20, 2021
10:30am - 12:00pm

Description

According to the recently released: Investing on the Frontlines of Climate Change: A Funder Toolkit on Climate, Health and Equity, “Bolstering climate change-related giving that prioritizes needs of people and communities -- especially giving to those most impacted -- is at once an urgent necessity and a strategic opportunity to help all people survive and thrive.”

In California, programs like the Strategic Growth Council’s Transformative Climate Communities and Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities programs provide needed resources for communities that have traditionally suffered from disproportionate impacts of environmental injustices. And locally in Los Angeles County, more than a billion dollars of public funding is now available to support critical climate resilience investments in green infrastructure, housing, parks, and transportation through Measures W, H, A and M (commonly known as WHAM). Federal stimulus efforts will likely mean even more funding is on the way. 

At the last Southern California Grantmakers Environmental Funders convening, we explored whether or not our region is ready to make these investments to support broader policy goals of addressing climate vulnerability and making our communities more resilient. In case you missed it, here’s the recording and here is a link to the recently released report, Mobilizing the Transformative Impact of WHAM: Overcoming Obstacles to Integrated Infrastructure Investments in Los Angeles County. 

At this upcoming convening, we’ll take a deeper dive into climate justice oriented initiatives taking place on the ground, both in Southeast and South Los Angeles, to learn about how funding that’s now available can effectively help transform communities to become more climate resilient. Our goal is to understand the intersectional and layered issues around climate justice by focusing on a place based perspective.  You’ll learn about opportunities to support climate justice and resilience related work.

We’ll learn from a set of local stakeholders working on, according to the Funder Toolkit on Climate, Health and Equity, “intersecting problems with mutually beneficial solutions”, especially in communities that are disproportionally affected by environmental inequities in South and Southeast Los Angeles. We’ll also explore social determinants of health, and how many of them are related to the environment. We’ll learn from CBOs, advocates, most impacted communities their perspectives on how to make public investments in climate justice more equitable.  How can most impacted communities position themselves to lead and benefit from public investments—what do they need? We’ll also explore capacity building needs, with clear eyed suggestions to funders who want to support climate justice. While this session will take a deeper dive into Southeast and South LA, learnings from this session could be applied to other geographies in Southern California.

This convening is part of a series of quarterly conversations hosted by the Southern California Grantmakers Environmental Funders Group. The convening will continue lifting up themes from previous SCG Environmental Funder Peer Group convenings, including our Climate Resilience Investments in SoCal, Urban, Green Infrastructure Investments Under a New Administration, 2020 election debrief, Building an Anti-Racist Environmental Movement, Accelerating a Just transition Framework, Cultivating Environmental Leadership and Power Building, Leadership and Civic Engagement.
 

About SCG Environmental Funders Group

The SCG Environmental Funders Group meets quarterly to educate prospective and current environmental funders about environmental challenges and opportunities in Southern California and foster collaboration, and share successes and challenges. Please contact Katy Pelissier at [email protected] for more information or visit the group's page on the Southern California Grantmakers' website.

This program is part of SCG's 2021 recurring programs. To register for all upcoming dates, please click the "Register for Recurring Dates" button. This feature is only open to members; please contact us if you are a non-member and wish to register for the series at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866.

   

Moderator

Frida Hatami

Grants Manager, Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation

Frida Hatami joined the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation in 2015 as its first Grants Manager. She has been instrumental in overseeing the effort to formalize processes and procedures, and to develop a state-of-the-art grants database. She is responsible for working with grantee partners, grantseekers, and Foundation staff to manage the grantmaking processes. Frida is also responsible for leading the Foundation’s emerging Environmental Justice portfolio, including identifying new partnership opportunities with organizations on the frontline of environmental fights and addressing capacity challenges of the field. Frida brings many years of experience in both philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, including her previous role at Annenberg Foundation, where she helped streamline the Foundation’s responsive grantmaking process and managed a $5.0M portfolio of several grants. She also spent time at the California Endowment, a $6.0B healthcare conversion foundation, and with Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles providing support to two major programs Family Violence Project and At Home Services. Frida holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from California State University, Northridge.

Speakers

Dr. Wilma Franco

Executive Director, SELA Collaborative

Dr. Wilma Franco serves as Director of the Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative and holds a doctorate degree in Education – Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne.  Dr. Franco successfully defended dissertation was entitled, “Employer’s Perception of Their Role in Student Learning and Skill Development: A Qualitative Case Study.”  Dr. Franco completed her undergraduate work at the University of California- Los Angeles (UCLA) where she earned her B.A in Political Science and Chicana/o Studies with a minor in Public Policy.  During her time at UCLA she worked closely with the NAID Center researching the Economic Impact of immigration post 1986 immigration reform.

Dr. Franco went on to complete her Master’s Degree in Public Policy at the University of Southern California (USC), where she also completed a certificate in Public Management.  Dr. Franco has over ten years of experience in overseeing nonprofits and community based programs and has a solid background in program development, evaluations, partnership development, finance, fundraising and development.  Previously, Dr. Franco spent seven years developing, evaluating, and managing programs at “I Have a Dream” Foundation – Los Angeles; a program that sponsored students in elementary school years and work with the cohort until they graduate high school, and transition to post-secondary education, by providing whole child services.  In collaboration with USC, Dr. Franco launched a mental health programming component at I Have a Dream that continues to service students.  Additionally, Dr. Franco’s collaboration with CSULB as an internship placement partner resulted in her being recognized as the organization of the year two consecutive years.    Dr. Franco is also a part-time lecturer in the Human Development Department at California State University – Long Beach (CSULB) and serves as a Board Member for the D.A.D Project.  Dr. Franco is a proud alumnus of Education Pioneers and the Magnolia Community Initiative Fellowship.  Dr. Franco was inspired to work at SELA Collaborative given its core values and commitment to the Southeast LA region by way of creating a collective approach to serving the region through nonprofit capacity building, civic engagement, and data and research.

Zahirah Mann

President & Chief Executive Officer, SLATE-Z

As SLATE-Z’s President and CEO, Zahirah Mann leads the Backbone Team and guides partnership activities of the South LA Promise Zone through visionary and adaptive leadership. Zahirah is an accomplished non-profit professional who has led several successful initiatives to advance greater opportunities for Los Angeles residents.

Prior to joining SLATE-Z, Zahirah split her career between philanthropy and law. Most recently, Zahirah was a Senior Program Officer at The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation where she oversaw a diverse portfolio of grants that supported vulnerable children and families and led a strategic initiative focused on child welfare and wellbeing. Within that work, she helped launch and led Foster Together Network, a collective impact effort aimed at addressing child welfare concerns throughout LA County, engaging hundreds of stakeholders who represented county departments, elected officials, foundations, non-profits, faith communities, caregivers, and youth. Zahirah also held program staff positions at the Annenberg Foundation and United Way of Greater Los Angeles, where she managed capacity building and collective impact efforts. Before entering philanthropy, Zahirah worked as a public interest attorney, representing and advising for-profit and non-profit entities, coalitions, and governmental agencies on large scale, systemic issues that impacted families, youth, and businesses. She also advised organizations on business formation and governance issues. As an attorney, Zahirah has represented groups throughout South Los Angeles and the surrounding area, working for such entities as Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Strumwasser and Woocher LLP.

In her broader civic life, Zahirah serves as a commissioner on the State Bar of California’s Legal Services Trust Fund Commission and as an alternate commissioner on the California Coastal Commission. She also sits on the board of Center for Nonprofit Management and the executive committee of Black Equity Collective.

Zahirah earned an A.B. in Political Science from Vassar College and a J.D. with a specialization in environmental law from Tulane University Law School. She is a former AmeriCorps member with a passion for facilitating deep community change and mentoring rising leaders. When not leading efforts in the nonprofit, philanthropic, legal, or broader civic community, Zahirah can be found exploring the beaches, mountains, and flat lands of California or traveling throughout the world.

Sophie Young

Program Manager, Transformative Climate Communities, Strategic Growth Council

Sophie oversees the Transformative Climate Communities Program, which invests in community-led resilience projects in California's most disadvantaged communities.

She has worked on sustainable and equitable development initiatives in underserved communities for over ten years. Before joining SGC, she worked at the California Department of Conservation and Department of Transportation as an environmental planner. Prior, she consulted on various land use and development projects in the U.S. and abroad—conducting environmental and social due diligence, participatory research, feasibility studies, and strategic planning.

Sophie received a master's degree from the Yale School of the Environment and a bachelor's degree in Development Studies and Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley. She has taught English and history to young adults in California and China.

 

Quarterly Dates

Friday, February 19 | 10:30am - 12:00pm Learn more >>>

Wednesday, May 21 | 10:00am - 12:00pm Learn more >>>

Friday, November 19 | 10:30am - 12:00pm   Learn more >>>

 

Presented in partnership with 

 

      


Fee
Members of SCG, Smart Growth CA, and EGA: $0
Non-Members: $100

Who May Attend
Current SCG, Smart Growth CA, and EGA members and eligible non-members.

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
Smart Growth CA, and EGA members: email Jacqueline Carillo at [email protected]
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account Jacqueline Carillo at [email protected]
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

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Investments in COVID-19 Recovery and Public Health

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm

Public health infrastructure underpins many important priorities — such as keeping the economy open and children in classrooms. California’s COVID-19 response confirmed that our health systems were ill-prepared for such a crisis, and public health officials know another crisis is not a matter of if, but when. Congress responded quickly to fund the initial pandemic response; however, long-term sustained funding is needed to create the public health infrastructure needed to protect against a number of growing threats.

Join us for a discussion of the current state of California’s public health infrastructure and the role impact investing can play to support and protect the long-term health of our communities. What are strategies to close financing gaps and direct additional dollars into investment opportunities in healthcare, prioritizing people who experience disproportionate access to healthcare (Black, Indigenous and people of color, older adults, people living with disabilities, and LGBTQ community members)? If you’re interested in helping to pave the way for a recovery that is inclusive and sustainable, this session is for you.

 

About This Series

This session is the second in a four-part Philanthropy California learning series for institutional and individual impact investors across California, sponsored by and partnering with RBC Global Asset Management. Additionally, the Philanthropy California Investment Collaborative is a statewide, place-based impact investing initiative that aims to bring together foundations, public funds, individual investors, and, eventually, corporations to align their existing investment portfolios with grants and loans that support affordable housing, healthcare, small business, and environmental justice in targeted communities.

 

Speakers

Pablo Bravo, System Vice President, Community Health, CommonSpirit Health

Pablo Bravo is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the community health department at CommonSpirit Health. He has been with the organization for 16 years and has grown the community investment program from $35 million to $140 million and expanded the grants program to include a new social innovation partnership grants program. Pablo serves on Boards including Dignity Health Medical Foundation, Tehama ACH Investment Program, and Healthcare Anchor Network, to name a few. Prior to Dignity Health, he held the position of Chief Financial Officer for Baker Places, Inc., a large non-profit, community-based organization.

Cara V. James, PhD, President and CEO, Grantmakers In Health

Prior to joining Grantmakers In Health (GIH), Cara James served as Director of the Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) where she provided leadership, vision, and direction to advance the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and CMS goals related to reducing disparities and achieving health equity for vulnerable populations. Before joining CMS, Dr. James served as Director of the Disparities Policy Project and Director of the Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Dr. James is a past member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Health and Medicine Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity.

Liz Rockett, Managing Director, Kaiser Permanente Ventures

Prior to KP Ventures, Liz Rockett ran health impact investing for Imprint Capital where she developed innovative capital strategies to improve health and strengthen the care system in the US for clients including Acumen America, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Packard Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Liz has a longstanding love of all things career development, talent strategy, and team culture. She serves on the boards of Big Health, Everytable, OssoVR, and KitCheck, as a board observer to Groups Recover Together, DexCare, and Omada Health, and as a member of the investment committee for Rock Health.

Presented in partnership with:


Thank you to RBC Global Asset Management for sponsoring and partnering on this impact investing series.


Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and Catalyst members and eligible non-members: family offices, private investors, foundations, institutional investors who are interested in learning about investments into enterprises and funds that generate financial returns alongside positive social and environmental impact.

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
NCG & Catalyst 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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Addressing Data Gaps for Equitable Implementation of Climate and Disaster Resilience Solutions in California

Friday, June 25, 2021
10:00am - 11:00am

Funding for community-based programs for climate and disaster resilience relies on information about who is at risk and who is impacted. Existing data on health and socioeconomic risks of and impacts, especially data that reflect the experiences of socially marginalized populations, are often missing or not collected, resulting in climate and disaster narratives and resourcing efforts that often overlook their voices and needs. As extreme climate events, such as heatwaves, droughts, and wildfires are expected to be more frequent and intense in the coming years, there are tremendous opportunities for philanthropy to catalyze an inclusive effort around data collection and integration, thus ensuring climate and disaster policies and programs include community voices, support frontline communities, and promote sustained community resilience.

Speakers will share the state of the data landscape in addressing climate and disaster risks and impacts. They will discuss implications of the current data landscape on existing climate and disaster policies, funding, and programs, and they will also share their perspectives about opportunities for philanthropic engagement that can advance equitable resourcing and implementation of resilience solutions in communities across the state.

The scope of this webinar will address the intersection of climate and disaster resilience and existing public health, racial and economic challenges facing frontline communities.

 

Key Reports: 

 

Moderator

Alan Kwok

Director of Climate and Disaster Resilience, Philanthropy California

Alan Kwok is the director of climate and disaster resilience for Philanthropy California (Philanthropy CA)–an alliance of Northern CaliforniaGrantmakers, Southern CaliforniaGrantmakers, and Catalyst of San Diego and Imperial Counties –that comprises 600+ philanthropic organizations and groups across California. He leads Philanthropy California’s climate and disaster resilience strategies, and his role is to strengthen and galvanize the philanthropic sector in California around investments and advocacy in community-based climate and disaster resilience. He earned his Ph.D. in Emergency Management at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research at Massey University, New Zealand, and an M.A. in Geography with a focus on Resource Management and Environmental Planning at San Francisco State University.

 

Speakers

Teresa Feo

Senior Science Officer, California Council on Science and Technology (CCST)

Teresa Feocontributes to the delivery of CCST’s science services, including peer-reviewed reports and expert briefings, and to and to CCST’s work engaging the philanthropic community. Teresa is committed to forming connections between scientists and policymakers on a wide range of issues impacting the state of California and is the lead author of The Costs of Wildfire in California. Prior to joining CCST, Teresa was a CCST Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the California State Senate Office of Research where she provided research and analysis on a broad range of policy topics including natural resources, environmental quality, health, veterans’ affairs, and professional licensing boards. Teresa received her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Yale University.

 

Sona Mohnot

Associate Director, Climate Resilience, Greenlining Institute

Sona Mohnot works on creating equitable climate adaptation and resilience strategies to ensure that communities hit first and worst by climate disasters have the resources and support needed to adapt to a changing climate and thrive in spite of it. She was the lead author of Making Equity Real in Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience Policies and Programs, a guidebook for policymakers on how to meaningfully embed equity in resilience efforts. Sona also serves as a council member on the Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program (ICARP), out of the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, and is a member of the California Climate Insurance Working Group, out of the California Department of Insurance. She holds a J.D. from Tulane School of Law and her LL.M in Natural Resources and Environmental Law from Lewis and Clark Law School.

 

Gabriela Orantes

Fellow, Latino Community Foundation’s Just Recovery at North Bay Organizing Project

Gabriela Orantes supports the Latino Community Foundation’s Just Recovery cohort of partners to leverage, coordinate, and advance civic engagement and community advocacy in the region, post-2017 wildfires. Through this work, she has been an advocate for language justice in formal disaster response and government spaces by highlighting the intersections of language, disasters, and public participation. Her academic and career paths are informed by her upbringing in an immigrant household in northern California that benefited from the deep relationships and support of the Fairfax-San Anselmo Children's Center. Gabriela holds a Master’s in Public Administration along with Graduate Certificates in Non-Profit Management, Women Studies, and Planning Studies.

Amee Raval

Research Director, Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)

Amee Raval is Research Director at the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, an environmental justice organization that empowers Asian immigrant and refugee communities across California through grassroots organizing, voter engagement, and policy advocacy. Through her role at APEN, she offers an environmental justice and health equity lens to climate and energy policy in California. She is the lead author of Mapping Resilience: A Blueprint for Thriving in the Face of Climate Disasters and contributing author to Resilience Before Disaster: The Need to Build Equitable, Community-Driven Social Infrastructure, two foundational reports that are directly influencing statewide decisions on climate resilience. Amee holds an MSPH in Environmental Health Sciences from UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

 

Presented in partnership with:

 

 


Fee
No cost to participate

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

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
NCG & Catalyst 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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Investing in California's Economy: Strategies to Support an Equitable Recovery Post-Pandemic

Tuesday, June 22, 2021
1:00pm - 2:00pm

California's economy will recover faster than the U.S. post-pandemic, strengthened by the entrepreneurial spirit in the state; technology, entertainment, and logistics industries, and; the development of inland areas, including the Imperial, San Joaquin, and Central valleys (UCLA Anderson Forecast, April 2021).

The promise of a quick recovery cannot overshadow the potential for many people across the state to be left out of economic advancement. How can impact investors support a resilient recovery for all Californians? Join us for a discussion of the current state of California’s economy; hear how the state is planning to support job growth, business assistance, and economic development; and discuss the role impact investing can play to support an equitable recovery for small businesses, and economic advancement for low-income workers.

 

About this Series

This session is the first in a four-part Philanthropy California learning series for institutional and individual impact investors across California, sponsored by and partnering with RBC Global Asset Management. Additionally, the Philanthropy California Investment Collaborative is a statewide, place-based impact investing initiative that aims to bring together foundations, public funds, individual investors, and, eventually, corporations to align their existing investment portfolios with grants and loans that support affordable housing, healthcare, small business, and environmental justice in targeted communities.

 

Speakers

Ruby Bolaria-Shifrin

Director, Housing Affordability, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Ruby Bolaria Shifrin is Director of the Housing Affordability program at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI). CZI is dedicated to finding solutions that make housing more affordable so people from all backgrounds and income levels can live, work, and thrive in California. Prior to CZI, Ruby worked in real estate development as a project manager for multifamily mixed income projects in San Francisco and has experience in commercial real estate. She also worked internationally at the Housing Department in Johannesburg, South Africa where she managed an in-situ upgrading pilot project. She started her career as an organizer for environmental and social justice organizations like Earthjustice and Corporate Accountability International. Ruby has a strong commitment to equity and social justice and brings her unique mix of advocacy and technical experience to CZI’s housing work. She holds a BA in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Mindy Frye

Institutional Portfolio Manager, RBC Global Asset Management

Mindy Frye is an institutional portfolio manager at RBC Global Asset Management. She serves as the day-to-day point of contact for institutional impact investing clients while working closely with the fixed income investment team to pursue each client’s impact goals. She also serves as a product specialist for impact investing strategies and supports the efforts of the Chief Strategist of Impact Investing. Before joining RBC GAM in 2017, Mindy was a senior manager at a global, U.S.-based asset management firm where she led a team responsible for performance and asset reporting; she also worked as senior investment analyst at a private investment firm and as a manager of client service for a registered investment advisory.

Tara Lynn Gray

Director, Office of the Small Business Advocate, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development

Tara Lynn Gray was appointed by Governor Newsom to Director of the California Office of the Small Business Advocate on March 19, 2021. Prior to her appointment, she was Chief Executive Officer of the Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce and Chamber Foundation (FMBCF), where she engaged, educated, and empowered small businesses in California’s Central Valley. As part of the DRIVE Investment Plan, Gray was instrumental in developing the local initiative Betting Big on Small Businesses Owned by Women and People of Color, which aims to provide economic mobility for entrepreneurs in disinvested neighborhoods, closing opportunity gaps, and providing culturally competent entrepreneur education & technical assistance. Gray has been an Advisor for Solano and Alameda County Small Business Development Centers, served as a non-profit Program Manager and Director of Operations as well as run her own consulting business.

Yiwei Tang

Assistant Treasurer, Airbnb

Yiwei Tang, CFA, is a Senior Portfolio Manager of Airbnb Treasury, responsible for Airbnb’s investment portfolio. She joined Airbnb in 2017. Prior to joining Airbnb, Yiwei worked at AQR Capital Management as a portfolio manager, primarily focused on Global Asset Allocation. Before that she was an investment associate for general accounts with Penn Mutual Asset Management. Yiwei obtained a Master of Financial Engineering from Cornell University.

Jess Yuen

Impact Investing Committee Member, Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties

Jess Yuen brings a unique perspective to the Impact Investing Network at Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties, with a varied career at the intersection of social enterprise, philanthropy, policy, and politics. She has an advanced understanding of San Diego’s philanthropic landscape, with past roles at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation and Price Philanthropies, as well as having worked closely with the City of San Diego and the San Diego Promise Zone as the Community Liaison for the Federal Government.Prior to her work in San Diego, Jess served in the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, where she supported the creation of the Impact Economy agenda to examine how public policy can increase impact investing, scale social and hybrid enterprises, and expand corporate social responsibility. Jess is currently the Campaign Director at Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Presented in partnership with:


 


Fee
Current SCG, NCG, and SDG Members: $0
Eligible Non-members: $50

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

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
NCG & Catalyst 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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Bringing A Racial Equity Lens to Foundation Strategy

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
10:00am - 11:00am

In response to the racial reckoning in 2020, foundations have sought many perspectives to learn how they can support racial justice, shift power, and more effectively engage communities in grantmaking decisions. Moving beyond the basic practices that many foundations are already incorporating, this workshop will examine how foundations can incorporate a racial equity perspective in their overall strategy setting and implementation planning at both the institutional level and the programmatic level.

Bringing a Racial Equity Lens to Foundation Strategy session will be co-led by Dalberg Advisors and Common Future. Both organizations will share reflections and best practices from the field based on their work with different foundations.

Dalberg Advisors has supported several foundations in strategic planning, scenario analysis, and racial and gender equity. Common Future is a national intermediary that has helped more than 60 foundations, at the place-based and national levels, to align their grantmaking and investment portfolios towards mission-aligned, community-led solutions.

 

About The Workshop Series —— Shifting Practices, Sharing Power: Moving From Vision to Reality

Two-thirds of foundations in the US cited “difficulty in predicting future scenarios” as their biggest operational pain point and more than 8 in 10 foundations said that they are “considering new grantees and/or programming areas,” according to a survey of ~250 foundations conducted for the 2020 Shifting Practices, Sharing Power report by Council on Foundations, Philanthropy California, and Dalberg Advisors. Many foundations are also centering racial equity in their work. To support our members in meeting these challenges, the Council on Foundations and Philanthropy CA are teaming up once again with Dalberg to offer a series of complimentary training workshops for foundation staff. 

All three workshops will be interactive, with opportunities for participant engagement and sharing, and practical, with live, small-group exercises. 

Each workshop will be led by senior Dalberg Advisors partners with experience working with a wide range of foundations in strategic planning, scenario analysis, and racial and gender equity.

 

Presented in partnership with:


 


Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and Catalyst members

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
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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Climate Resilience Investments in Southern California: The Implementation Question

Friday, May 21, 2021
10:30am - 12:00pm

Locally in Southern California, more than a billion dollars of public funding is now available to support critical investments in green infrastructure, housing, parks, and transportation through Measures W, H, A, and M, commonly known as WHAM. State and federal stimulus efforts will likely mean even more funding is on the way. But is our region ready to make these investments support broader policy goals of addressing climate vulnerability and making our communities more resilient?

Numerous research reports and taskforces have made the case for the importance of this moment, but while the vision for green jobs and a just transition is clear, implementation continues to be elusive. Several ingredients are critical, including ongoing leadership from elected officials, inter-agency coordination around implementation, authentic public engagement, and support from the philanthropic community. With a limited window of opportunity, this session will explore what needs to happen in order to make this moment truly transformational.

Join this conversation to learn about opportunities to build out a green economy as public investments in a just transition in Southern California proceed, including sustainable transportation, equitable urban infill housing, parks and open space and green infrastructure investments. We’ll learn from a set of local stakeholders working in the space of sustainable and equitable urban development with an eye towards climate and racial justice, especially in communities that are disproportionally affected by environmental inequities. Leadership from implementing public agencies will also attend the conversation, with time to reflect on what they’ve heard from speakers and engage in a conversation with concerned funders to explore how philanthropy can help make a difference.

This convening is part of a series of quarterly conversations hosted by the Southern California Grantmakers Environmental Funders Group. The convening will continue lifting up themes from previous SCG Environmental Funder Peer Group convenings, including our Urban, Green Infrastructure Investments Under a New Administration, 2020 election debrief, Building an Anti-Racist Environmental Movement, Accelerating a Just transition Framework, Cultivating Environmental Leadership and Power Building, Leadership and Civic Engagement.

 

Quarterly Dates

Friday, August 20 | 10:30am - 12:00pm Learn more >>>

Friday, November 19 | 10:30am - 12:00pm   Learn more >>>

 

Speakers

Jon Christensen

Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA

Jon Christensen is an adjunct assistant professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, the Department of History, and the Center for Digital Humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a journalist-in-residence at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, a founder of the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies in the IoES, and a senior fellow in UCLA’s cityLAB. He is a partner and strategic adviser at Stamen Design, an interactive design studio specializing in mapping, data visualization, and strategic communications. He is a columnist at LA Observed, a contributor to other newspapers and magazines, and a commentator on radio and television. He is also a member of Southern California Grantmakers. 

David Diaz, MPH

Executive Director, ActiveSGV

Dedicated public servant and advocate with project management, coalition building experience who has successfully worked with youth, schools, businesses, nonprofit organizations and cities to advance environmental justice, equity and public health.  David is also a Metro San Gabriel Valley Service Council Member, Metro Sustainability Council Member, and an El Monte Union High School District Board of Trustees Member. He holds a Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Management and Policy from Claremont Graduate University and is happily married to Anais Medina Diaz in the City of El Monte.

Gary Gero

Chief Sustainability Officer, County of Los Angeles

Gary Gero was appointed LA County’s first Chief Sustainability Officer in November 2016.  Gary previously served as the President of the Climate Action Reserve and he now serves as the Vice-Chair of its Board of Directors. Gary’s career includes service as the Assistant General Manager for the City of Los Angeles Environmental Affairs Department, and he also managed renewable and energy efficiency programs at LADWP.

Estelle Reyes

SVP Enhancing Community, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)

Estelle Reyes is the SVP, Enhancing Community at Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), where she is focused on ensuring that underrepresented groups are engaged in the cleantech and sustainability sector.  Prior to LACI, Estelle was the Executive Director at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Greater LA, where she played a central role in launching and growing the NFTE program to reach over 12,000 students locally.  She also has experience as a Financial Analyst in Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management as well as a First Grade Teacher.  Estelle holds a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Brown University and a Master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Katy Young Yaroslavsky

Senior Deputy for the Environment and Arts, Los Angeles County Supervisor, District 3

Katy is responsible for developing the Third District’s environment, water, and arts policy. Katy previously served as the General Counsel and Director of Government Affairs at the Climate Action Reserve, a Los Angeles-based environmental non-profit committed to developing and implementing market-based solutions to climate change. Katy has also worked as land use and environmental attorney at Latham & Watkins and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. An alumnus of the CORO fellowship program, Katy now serves on the Southern California CORO Board of Directors and its Executive Committee. Katy is a Los Angeles native and graduated from Phi Beta Kappa with a BA from UC Berkeley and received her law degree from UCLA.

 

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Fee
Members of SCG, Smart Growth CA and EGA: $0
Non-Members: $100

Who May Attend
Current SCG, Smart Growth CA, and EGA members and eligible non-members.

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
Smart Growth CA, and EGA members: email Jacqueline Carillo at [email protected]
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account Jacqueline Carillo at [email protected]
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

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Exploring New Spaces: A Quick Guide To Evaluating Potential New Programmatic Areas

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
10:00am - 11:00am

Many foundations are exploring potential new programs in response to the pandemic, racial reckoning, and threats to our democracy, among many other challenges. This workshop will introduce a structured, efficient process that foundations can use to quickly learn ‘the lay of the land’ in potential new spaces and identify how they can complement – and learn from – the efforts of others as they seek to generate meaningful, measurable impact.

 

About The Workshop Series —— Shifting Practices, Sharing Power: Moving From Vision to Reality

Two-thirds of foundations in the US cited “difficulty in predicting future scenarios” as their biggest operational pain point and more than 8 in 10 foundations said that they are “considering new grantees and/or programming areas,” according to a survey of ~250 foundations conducted for the 2020 Shifting Practices, Sharing Power report by Council on Foundations, Philanthropy California, and Dalberg Advisors. Many foundations are also centering racial equity in their work. 

To support our members in meeting these challenges, the Council on Foundations and Philanthropy CA are teaming up once again with Dalberg to offer a series of complimentary training workshops for foundation staff. 

All three workshops will be interactive, with opportunities for participant engagement and sharing, and practical, with live, small-group exercises. 

Each workshop will be led by senior Dalberg Advisors partners with experience working with a wide range of foundations in strategic planning, scenario analysis, and racial and gender equity.

 

Presented in partnership with:


 


Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and Catalyst members

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
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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Future - Proofing Your Portfolio: A Quick Guide To Scenario Planning For Foundations

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
10:00am - 11:00am

As our world becomes more uncertain, planning for the future becomes more important, but also more difficult. This interactive workshop will introduce fundamental tools used in scenario analysis and risk management and show how foundations can apply these tools to predict how economic, social/political, and environmental changes might affect their grantees and their beneficiaries. It will also provide guidance for making contingency plans to respond to possible dramatic changes in their operating environment.

 

About The Workshop Series —— Shifting Practices, Sharing Power: Moving From Vision to Reality

Two-thirds of foundations in the US cited “difficulty in predicting future scenarios” as their biggest operational pain point and more than 8 in 10 foundations said that they are “considering new grantees and/or programming areas,” according to a survey of ~250 foundations conducted for the 2020 Shifting Practices, Sharing Power report by Council on Foundations, Philanthropy California, and Dalberg Advisors. Many foundations are also centering racial equity in their work. 

To support our members in meeting these challenges, the Council on Foundations and Philanthropy CA are teaming up once again with Dalberg to offer a series of complimentary training workshops for foundation staff. 

All three workshops will be interactive, with opportunities for participant engagement and sharing, and practical, with live, small-group exercises. 

Each workshop will be led by senior Dalberg Advisors partners with experience working with a wide range of foundations in strategic planning, scenario analysis, and racial and gender equity.

 

Presented in partnership with:



Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and Catalyst members

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
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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Grounded Action: Grassroots Movements and Climate Justice | Session 2

Friday, April 16, 2021
10:00am - 11:30am

In philanthropy, ‘grassroots’ is often equated with ‘community’ and with ‘small-scale’. Grassroots solutions do come from the community, but they are not often small. And because grassroots solutions come from the people most impacted by the problem they seek to solve, they can be more effective and holistic in the problems they address.

As communities around California, the nation, and the world are facing increasing impacts and threats from the climate crisis, funders have a unique opportunity to invest in movements building locally, nationally, and internationally. The climate crisis demands that "business as usual" stop and transform, and that includes philanthropy.

In this two-part dialogue series, we will unpack the many different forms of grassroots action in confronting the climate crisis, and hear directly from frontline voices on the inroads for -and the hurdles facing -grassroots movements. We will also address the question, “What role does philanthropy play in supporting action towards justice, collective health, and sustainability?”

The CLIMA Fund and guest speakers from grassroots movements will connect the dots across the ecological and social crises, and how grassroots solutions are growing to meet the challenge. This two-part series will help you break down what that means for you and your grant portfolio. Participants will walk away from the series with a deeper understanding of how climate justice movements are advancing change, and how they can practically take action in support. Institutional funders, individual donors, and philanthropic advisors are encouraged to join.

Session 2 will unpack the nitty-gritty of funding grassroots movements and why the climate crisis requires action beyond borders. It will highlight key lessons of how funders1) are sharing or shifting power to their grantee partners, 2) challenges to/mistakes in accompanying social movements and how they have overcome them, and 3) opportunities for working with grassroots movements at this moment. We will also share resources for having conversations with colleagues and peers in philanthropy about climate justice and movement building.

To register for both events, please click the "Register Now" button. Click here to join us for Session 1 >

 

Speakers

Angie Chen

Senior Program Officer and Community Engagement Director, Libra Foundation

Angie (she/her) brings deep experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors to her work at The Libra Foundation, with particular strengths in nurturing community and building coalitions. In her role, she leads Environmental and Climate Justice grantmaking and community engagement. As founding Executive Director of the Blue Sky Funders Forum, Angie created and oversaw all aspects of a national funder collaborative focused on expanding equitable access to opportunities to learn, play, and grow outdoors. Prior to Blue Sky, Angie served as an advisor to the Pisces Foundation during its formation and as Program Officer at the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, where she supported capacity-building efforts during its spend down. Angie has also designed and managed strategic initiatives at the Pacific Forest & Watershed Lands Stewardship Council and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. And she previously consulted and worked at nonprofit and government organizations that provide safety net services.

Laura García

President and CEO, Greengrants Fund

Laura (she/her)is a Mexican feminist who has advocated for human rights, social justice, and civil society throughout her career. Before joining Global Greengrants, Laura served for seven years as the Executive Director of Fondo Semillas, a Mexican nonprofit organization that finances grassroots organizations to achieve gender equality. Laura has vast experience in grassroots philanthropy, human rights, and movements for social justice, and she has co-created networks to promote community philanthropy in the Global South. She holds a Master's Degree in International Peace and Security, from King’s College, London. She currently serves on the boards of Oxfam Mexico, Justicia Transicional MX, El Día Después, and the Global Fund for Community Foundations.

Doria Robinson

Executive Director, Urban Tilth

Doria (she/her) is a third-generation resident of Richmond, California, and the Executive Director of Urban Tilth. Raised in a strong church community where her grandfather was the minister, Doria spent weekends and summers on the church’s 350-acre ranch in Fairfield, California. It was on the ATOT ranch where she was taught the power of cooperative economics by her grandfather. At Urban Tilth, she led the charge to develop the organization’s three-acre urban farm in Richmond and relaunched the Farm-to-Table CSA social entrepreneurial venture, which now serves hyper-local and sustainably grown produce to 440 west county families each week. Most recently she co-founded Cooperation Richmond, a not-for-profit cooperative developer and one-stop-shop for the incubation, education, training, mentorship, and capital support for cooperative enterprises in Richmond that build community-controlled wealth by and for low-income communities and communities of color.

 

Moderator

Lindley Mease

Director, Climate Leaders in Movement Action (CLIMA) Fund 

Lindley (she/they) is dedicated to building solidarity for grassroots movements advancing just and regenerative solutions to climate change. In addition to coordinating the CLIMA Fund, Lindley is the Co-Founder of Blue Heart, an organization that organizes millennial donors to give to frontline organizations in the U.S. In these roles, she is working to advance accountable philanthropy and to elevate the stories of grassroots organizations building real political power. Lindley also teaches at Stanford University’s Design School; is a community mediator; an avid watercolorist and salsa dancer; and is a member of LeftRoots, a national formation of social movement activists.

 

Presented in partnership with:


 


Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and Catalyst members

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
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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