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Key Staff Positions Filled at SCG

Monday, June 17, 2013

I am thrilled to share some exciting promotions and staff additions that will enable Southern California Grantmakers (SCG) to accomplish key organizational objectives and plan for continued growth and member service enhancements.

This spring, Cara Underwood was promoted to Director of Programs and Public Policy. Since joining SCG three years ago as a Public Policy Fellow, she has taken on increasing levels of responsibility and a widening scope of work. Cara's leadership in developing a diverse suite of programs and services has been invaluable to me in my first few months at SCG, and she has been integral to maintaining the highest standards of quality in all of SCG's efforts. Going forward, Cara will continue to design and implement programs and events, and will lead SCG's policy engagement activities.

Additionally, SCG's new Director of Membership and Communications, Amanda Byrd, will join the organization on July 8th. Amanda comes to us with extensive experience in foundation relations and nonprofit communications. She will spearhead the development and implementation of SCG's membership services and direct the communications strategies that support our organizational goals. With 17 years of leadership experience in California-based nonprofits, Amanda has a strong background in capacity building, utilizing both relationships and technology to strengthen and grow organizations.

I am also pleased to announce that Annabelle Rosborough will become SCG's new Program Associate in July. Annabelle has worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations in New York, including Youth, I.N.C., where she provided training for youth-focused nonprofits and helped corporations place executives on nonprofit boards. Since moving to Los Angeles nine months ago, Annabelle has supported SCG's programmatic and administrative work in a number of ways. In her new role, she will assist in the execution of SCG programs and events, and will provide support for executive and board-related projects. 

Cara, Amanda and Annabelle are filling essential roles envisioned by the SCG Board of Directors, and their knowledge and experience will enable our already dynamic team to meet its ambitious goals for the immediate future and the long-term. With these positions filled, I am confident we can take our organization to new heights of effectiveness and impact. Please join me and the SCG Board and staff in welcoming our new team members by tweeting us at @socalgrantmaker or by leaving a message on Facebook!


Christine Essel
Southern California Grantmakers

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