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Press Release: Southern California Grantmakers Announces New Board Members for 2017

Friday, December 2, 2016



Los Angeles, CA, December 1, 2016—Southern California Grantmakers (SCG), the regional association for philanthropists and grantmakers, today announced the election of its new board members, effective January 1, 2017. The 2017 board members were presented and confirmed by the SCG membership at SCG’s Annual Conference on September 19, 2016.

The new SCG Board members are: James Alva, Senior Vice President, Citibank; Lee Draper, Vice Chair, National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers and President, Draper Consulting Group; Michael Fleming, Executive Director, The David Bohnett Foundation; Shane Goldsmith, President and CEO, Liberty Hill Foundation; Antonio Manning, Vice President, JPMorgan Chase; Gabriela Robles, Vice President, St. Joseph Health; and Gerald Solomon, Executive Director, Samueli Foundation.

“Our dynamic organization continues to attract diverse and accomplished leaders to service as members of our Board, said Wendy Garen, President and CEO of The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and outgoing Chair of the SCG Board.  “Each of these individuals is well known for their outstanding work in our sector and as leaders that truly make a difference. I am confident that they will help move us forward as we continue to advance SCG’s mission and our collective impact in thoughtful and strategic ways.”

The new board members will serve a two-year term.

SCG is also proud to announce its new Board Executive Committee slate which will take office as of January 1, 2017: Beatriz Solís, Director, Healthy Communities (South Region) at The California Endowment will assume the role of Board Chair; Nike Irvin, Vice President of Programs at the California Community Foundation, will serve as the new Vice Chair; Joe Lumarda, Senior Vice President and Investment Counselor at Capital Group Private Client Services and Trustee of The California Wellness Foundation will serve as Secretary; and Melissa Harman, Partner at Moss Adams LLP and Senior Partner at the Moss Adams Foundation will continue to serve as Treasurer.  In addition, Wendy Garen will move into the role of Past Board Chair.

“I am honored to have been selected to serve in this important role,” said Solís.  “Working together with my board colleagues—and the entire SCG membership—I look forward to increasing our collective impact on the most critical issues facing our region."

SCG’s full slate of 2017 board members also includes: Kim Belshé, Executive Director, First 5 Los Angeles; Cara Esposito, Executive Director, Leonetti/ O’Connell Family Foundation; Christine Essel, President and CEO, Southern California Grantmakers; Jeffrey Glassman, Secretary, Wallis Foundation; Mary Ellen Kullman, Vice President, Archstone Foundation; Deidre Lind, President, Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles; Jonathan Lorenzo Yorba, President and CEO, The Community Foundation; Steve Nissen, Senior Vice President, Legal and Government Affairs, NBCUniversal; David Porges, National Director, Community Engagement, Grant Thornton LLP; Victoria Rogers, President, The Rose Hills Foundation; Tara Roth, President, Goldhirsh Foundation; and Belen Vargas, Vice President, Programs, Weingart Foundation.

About Southern California Grantmakers
Founded in 1973, Southern California Grantmakers (SCG) is the regional membership association where philanthropists and grantmakers come together to learn, connect, and take action. It brings together more than 300 of Southern California’s leading grantmakers to increase their impact on crucial issues in the region and beyond through effective grantmaking and cross-sector collaboration.

SCG’s membership includes family foundations, private independent foundations, community and public foundations, corporate foundations and corporate giving programs, individuals, and government grantmakers across eight Southern California counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Kern, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura. <> .

Contact:   Susan Dunn  818-762-4708-office / 818-384-7781-cell

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