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Historic Challenges –Historic Change: Striving Toward Transformative Solutions

Thursday, March 18, 2021
10:00am - 11:15am

Through unprecedented turbulence and great change comes tremendous opportunity. Join Funders Together to End Homelessness for a conversation about two initiatives that have the ability to transform how Los Angeles and California address crisis and systemic inequities in our communities.

Measure J was a historic ballot measure passed by Los Angeles County voters on November 3rd that amended the Los Angeles County Charter to require at least 10% of locally controlled revenue (about a billion dollars) to be invested into local communities and alternatives to incarceration. Healthcare, housing, jobs, youth programs, and alternatives to incarceration are ultimately what create real public safety and thriving communities. However, over the years LA County has seen unrestricted funds to the judicial system, jails and law enforcement grow massively as low-income, primarily Black and Brown communities go underinvested. Measure J served as a mandate from voters to elected officials: We need to reprioritize our budgets and taxpayer dollars to serve the needs of our communities in ways that align with our values of racial and economic equity and justice.

AB 71 (Bring CA Home) establishes a permanent source of funding and a collaborative statewide strategy for solving homelessness. It is a fundamental remaining of how California fights our homelessness epidemic, centralizing state programs, demanding measurable results, and establishing a permanent, ongoing source of funding to support housing and services across the state. It contains strict accountability measures -- such as rewarding local governments who are hitting aggressive goals, enacting regular public reporting, and strengthening data collection at the local level -- so the resources are being spent wisely. AB 71 also creates new innovative programs to eliminate racial bias, ensure youth and survivors of domestic violence have access to better care and enhance coordination and collaboration between the state and local governments and among state and local agencies.

Panelists will also offer insight into the shifting political landscape and the opportunities and challenges presented within the current political environment. 



Ivette Alé 

Senior Policy Lead, Dignity and Power Now

Co-founder, La Defensa

Ivette Alé is a queer Latinx grassroots organizer and advocate leading campaigns to reform the criminal legal system in California. Their history growing up in Southern California as an undocumented person and as the child of an incarcerated person, has informed their activism throughout their career. As the Campaign Coordinator for JusticeLA, Ivette led the coalition to historic victories, including ending LA County’s $3.5 billion jail expansion plan in 2019, the adoption of Los Angeles County's groundbreaking Alternatives to Incarceration roadmap and the passing of Measure J in 2020. They serve as Senior Policy Lead for Dignity and Power Now and Co-Founder of La Defensa. Ivette also serves as an LA County Commissioner on the Gender Responsive Advisory Committee and the Public Safety Realignment Team. Ivette is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Political Science, a Women’s Policy Institute Fellow and a UCLA Law Fellow.

Marlon Derek Pryor

CSH SpeakUp! Advocate and Wellness Ambassador

The Center in Hollywood

Marlon Derek Pryor is a CSH SpeakUp! Advocate and Wellness Ambassador with The Center in Hollywood. Mr. Pryor communicates his time spent in homelessness to promote equity and social change, as well as safe, adequate, and affordable housing for all.  He has been a leading voice on Assembly Bill 71 and looks forward to all opportunities to share his experience, strength, and hope on the matter.

Sharon L. Rapport

Director, California State Policy

As the Director for California Policy at the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), Sharon Rapport advances a California policy agenda across multiple issues affecting people experiencing homelessness. Ms. Rapport has been instrumental in passing CSH-sponsored legislation, including legislation to create a Medicaid benefit for housing-based services (the Health Homes Program), a streamlined process for building supportive housing, a program to fund housing and services for homeless child-welfare-involved families (Bringing Families Home), a ballot initiative to repurpose existing bonds to create thousands of apartments affordable to veterans experiencing homelessness or poverty (the Veterans Housing & Homelessness Prevention program), and a program providing grants to counties to fund rental assistance for chronically homeless Medi-Cal beneficiaries (Housing for a Healthy California). Ms. Rapport has not only collaborated with agencies and stakeholders to implement new programs, she has provided technical assistance to the Department of Health Care Services in proposing funding for housing and services for California’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver, facilitating the creation of the Whole Person Care pilot, and to the Department of Housing & Community Development to implement a $2 billion housing bond (No Place Like Home). She has been appointed to multiple decision-making bodies, including an appointment to Governor Newsom’s Council of Regional Homeless Advisors, the CalAIM Medi-Cal work group on enhanced care management and in lieu of services, the Executive Steering Committee for the Adult Reentry Grant, and an 1115 Medicaid Waiver Stakeholder Committee. Prior to joining CSH, Ms. Rapport worked as a Congressional Fellow for U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), focusing on housing and judiciary issues, and previously managed a large legal office as a Hearing Office Director for the Office of Hearings & Appeals (SSA).


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No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG members and eligible non-members

SCG members: Please contact [email protected] to register.
Non-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.


Philanthropy’s Role in Addressing Inequity in South LA and Advancing Policy and Systems Change

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

In South LA and elsewhere, Black and Brown communities remain vulnerable to disparities in all facets of life and multiple forms of displacement and erasure. This virtual presentation will be an opportunity to learn about how complex and deep structural and systemic racial injustice continues to serve as a destructive force in driving inequities in health, housing, employment, incarceration, and deportation, and the environment. A centerpiece of the webinar will be “South Central Rooted,” the timely report recently released by South Los Angeles Building Healthy Communities Collaborative to uplift an intersectional health equity lens that centers the narrative of those with lived experience. With the report as a backdrop, movement leaders will address emerging issues, including impacts from COVID19; and shine a light on the organizing frameworks and the strategies they have been using for years to break the cycles of injustice. Gain an understanding of how they are cultivating Brown and Black power to advance policy and systems change and how philanthropy can contribute to long-term solutions that move beyond simply responding to the current crises.



Since the inception of the South LA Building Healthy Communities Collaborative, South LA partners have strived to champion policy initiatives and grassroots efforts to close the racial equity gap. Through deep community partnerships, research and advocacy, they are working to shift the dominant narrative that criminalizes, dehumanizes, and erases low-income Black and Brown communities.

South Los Angeles Building Healthy Communities Collaborative recently released a report: South Central Rooted. Developed with input from over 30 South LA community organizations and 125 resident leaders, South Central Rooted sheds light upon the systemic inequity that still impacts our community over 25 years after the LA Uprising. Given its particular history of oppression and resistance, the South Central community is poised to explore the question: what will it actually take to ensure low-income communities of color can thrive in Los Angeles over the next 50 years? Drawing from existing academic and community-based research, focus group conversations with South Central residents, policy reports, and media coverage, this report hopes to demonstrate that the answer lies with intersectional systems change approaches led by grassroots leaders.

As we begin to see more narratives around COVID19, we will also see policies, practices, and narratives that disproportionately impact Black and Brown communities. The call to prioritize equity and the power of narrative are more important than ever.



Manuel Pastor

Director, USC Program in Environmental and Regional Equity

Dr. Manuel Pastor is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California (USC). He currently directs the USC Equity Research Institute (formerly known as Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII). Pastor is the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change at USC, and holds an economics Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Pastor’s research has generally focused on issues of the economic, environmental and social conditions facing low-income urban communities – and the social movements seeking to change those realities. Pastor’s most recent books covering those topics include State of Resistance: What California's Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Means for America's Future (New Press 2018), and Equity, Growth, and Community: What the Nation Can Learn from America's Metro Areas, co-authored with Chris Benner (UC Press 2015).

Pastor currently serves on California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Council of Economic Advisors and on the California Business and Jobs Recovery Task Force. He previously served on the California Strategic Growth Council, the Commission on Regions appointed by California’s Speaker of the State Assembly, and the Regional Targets Advisory Committee for the California Air Resources Board.  In 2012, he received the Liberty Hill Foundation’s Wally Marks Changemaker of the Year award for social justice research partnership, and in 2017, he was awarded the Champion for Equity award from Advancement Project, California.



Barbara Lott Holland

Associate Director, Labor Community Strategy Center

Recruited on the bus in 1998, Barbara has been a cornerstone of the organization since then. A resident of South LA and a transit-dependent bus rider for nearly four decades, Barbara has been elected by our members to the BRU’s leadership body, the Planning Committee, for twelve years running. She has acted as Co-Chair of the Planning Committee and of the Monthly Membership Meeting for ten years. During that time, she has served as spokesperson and representative of the BRU in the media, with public officials in LA and Washington, and in national and international social movement forums. Barbara also sits on the Steering Committee of the Community Rights Campaign and represents the CRC in its coalition work. She is the only recipient of the Strategy Center’s W.E.B. Dubois Fellowship (2009-2009).

Karen Mack

Founder, LA Commons

Twenty years ago, Karen Mack founded LA Commons, an organization that empowers Los Angeles' diverse communities by facilitating local engagement in arts and culture as well as in other important issues - health, transportation, and education, to name a few, giving residents and particularly young people, a voice and an onramp to making positive change.  Ms. Mack served as a Public Service Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School, studying the role of culture in community building. She holds an MPA from this school as well as an MBA from UCLA. She is a mayoral appointee to LA City Planning Commission (equity chair) and a supervisorial appointee to the Advisory Board for LA County’s Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative.

Laura Muraida

Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE)

Laura Muraida is Director of Research and Communications at Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE), a South Los Angeles community-based organization that builds grassroots power to achieve economic, environmental, and racial justice. Since 2014, Laura has led the organization’s research and communications strategy and has advanced campaigns for equitable public investment, environmental justice, and civic engagement. Prior to SCOPE, Laura helped launch a community-based redistricting program to ensure fair political representation in historically marginalized communities across Texas. For over a decade, Laura has worked to provide grassroots communities the data, tools, and information to build power. Laura was born and raised in San Antonio and has a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from New York University.

Benjamin Torres

President/CEO, The Community Development Technologies Center (CDTech)

Benjamin Torres is the President/CEO of the Community Development Technologies Center (CDTech), a nonprofit organization focused on addressing racial equity and economic justice in low-income areas of Los Angeles. CDTech empowers marginalized residents to lead the process of community development efforts. Through education, training, workforce, and community organizing strategies, CDTech supports people to fight for systems change and resource development opportunities while preparing those same communities to take advantage of the change and opportunities they generate. Benjamin’s entire career has been focused on placing the tools of democracy directly in the hands of our most marginalized residents through education, training, engagement, and multi-ethnic/racial community building.

For the last 23 years, his leadership has supported the South LA region’s Black/Brown residents to increase their political capital and economic opportunity. He has developed efforts to create inclusive, democratic, and power building strategies utilizing highly effective public, private, nonprofit, and community partnerships.

He is committed to progressive movement-building efforts and serves on the Board of Directors of several key local and national organizations. He also serves as President of the City of LA Commission on Community and Family Services, and he also serves on the LA County Public Health Equity Task Force Commission.


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No cost to participate

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

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.


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



  • 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



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


Presented in partnership with:

No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and Catalyst members

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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Child Welfare Funders Collaborative Meeting, October 2019

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
10:00am - 12:00pm
LA84 Foundation

The Center for Strategic Partnerships, Southern California Grantmakers and County Partners invite you to the next Child Welfare Funders Collaborative Meeting on October 22, 2019.

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