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Southern California Grantmakers Welcomes New Board Members

Friday, March 28, 2014

Los Angeles, CA, March 28, 2014 -- Southern California Grantmakers (SCG), the region’s leading association of philanthropists working to advance effective grantmaking, is pleased to welcome five new members to its 2014 Board of Directors. SCG’s new Board members are: Jeffrey Glassman, Secretary of The Wallis Foundation and Chief Executive Officer at Covington Capital Management; Nike Irvin, Vice President of Programs at the California Community Foundation; Joe Lumarda, Senior Vice President and Investment Counselor at Capital Group Companies; Tara Roth, President of the Goldhirsh Foundation; and Beatriz Solís, Ph.D., Director of Healthy Communities, South Region, for The California Endowment.  

“I am very proud to welcome such a distinguished cadre of philanthropic leaders to our team,” says SCG Board Chair Wendy Garen. “I am confident that their experience and insight will be of great value in shaping a dynamic and effective future for SCG, and for philanthropy in our region.”

“It’s an honor to help represent the voice of Southern California philanthropy by serving on the SCG Board,” says Jeff Glassman. Prior to entering the investment management business, Glassman practiced law in Los Angeles, specializing in estate planning, probate, and trust administration. He was a principal at the noted law firm of Riordan & McKinzie for 18 years, and later, managing director of Bingham Legg Advisors LLC. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Los Angeles Jewish Home, has held posts as Chairman of the Board for American Jewish University, was Co-Chair of the UCLA School of Public Affairs advisory board for four years, and served on the board of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems for nine years. 

Nike Irvin provides strategic leadership in priority program areas and manages special initiatives for the California Community Foundation. Before joining CCF, Irvin served as President of the Riordan Foundation for seven years and as a consultant and coach for nonprofits and foundations. She also has more than 20 years of experience in both nonprofit leadership and consulting to numerous nonprofit organizations, foundations and charitable arms of for-profit companies and organizations. A native of Los Angeles, Irvin serves on several boards of directors and is a trustee for regional and national organizations such as The Riordan Foundation and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. She is also a past Board member of Southern California Grantmakers. 
“I’m thrilled to return to the SCG Board at this pivotal time in the organization’s work,” Irvin says. “The SCG community is growing faster than ever, and I look forward to our work together to elevate our sector.”

Joe Lumarda is a Senior Vice President and Investment Counselor for Capital Group Private Client Services. Joe also chairs Capital Group’s LA Charitable Contributions Committee. Prior to joining Capital Group in 2006, he spent 16 years at the California Community Foundation as a Vice President for Development, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He also serves on several nonprofit and foundation boards including the Saint Joseph Healthcare Foundation, Pasadena Child Health Foundation and PetSmart Charities. He is a past Board member of Southern California Grantmakers.
“SCG is the leadership and learning community for private, family, corporate and community foundations in L.A. In that regard, it has been a crucial part of my career in philanthropy, as it has for so many others,” says Lumarda. “It’s a privilege to have another opportunity to give back by returning to the SCG Board of Directors at a time of dynamic growth.”

“SCG is comprised of leaders from all fields moving Southern California to great heights. I am thrilled to further build relationships between the private and public sector,” Tara Roth says. Before her role as President of the Goldhirsh Foundation, Roth bridged the worlds of marketing, media, and philanthropy as the founding COO of GOOD and as a social strategy advisor. She began her career in marketing and business development for NBCinternet and Infoseek, and has worked with organizations such as Participant Media, Fifteen Foundation, and the New Schools Venture Fund. As a senior advisor to GOOD, Roth helped launch the Pepsi Refresh Project. She is a member of the LA n Sync Bell Commission and serves on the advisory boards of 826LA and the Imagination Foundation.

As Director of Healthy Communities, South Region at The California Endowment, Dr. Beatriz Maria Solís is responsible for advancing the vision and strategic direction of the foundation’s Building Healthy Communities: California Living 2.0 initiative, as well as helping achieve established goals and outcomes through The Endowment’s philanthropic efforts in Southern California. Her professional experience includes service as the Director of Cultural and Linguistic Services for L.A. Care Health Plan. She has co-authored numerous articles, books, technical reports and policy briefs and is a lecturer/trainer to health care providers.
“SCG offers tremendous opportunities for philanthropy leaders to connect, learn, and take action together,” says Solís. “I hope my Board service will help build bridges so that more grantmakers can participate and share their expertise to strengthen our community.”

The SCG Board’s 2014 officers are: Chair Wendy Garen, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation; Vice Chair Deidre Lind, corporate philanthropy leader; Treasurer Melissa Harman, CPA, Partner, Moss Adams, LLP and Senior Partner, Moss Adams Foundation; and Secretary Cathy Hession, President and Executive Director, The Carol and James Collins Foundation. SCG’s full slate of 2014 Board members includes Magdalena Beltrán-del Olmo, Vice President of Communications, The California Wellness Foundation; Kafi Blumenfield, Philanthropy Leader; Edmund J. Cain, Vice President of Grant Programs, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation; R. Christine Hershey, President and Founder, Hershey Cause; Sylia Obagi, Director of Operations, The Annenberg Foundation; Mary Odell, President, Unihealth Foundation; Trent Stamp, Executive Director, The Eisner Foundation; and Christine Essel, President and CEO, Southern California Grantmakers.

About Southern California Grantmakers
Southern California Grantmakers is the regional association for philanthropists and grantmakers working to make a difference in our communities and around the world. Founded in 1973, the organization’s members include corporate giving programs, family foundations, individual philanthropists, private, independent, operating and community foundations as well as grantmaking 501(c)3s. SCG connects grantmakers across Southern California through sector-wide conferences, trainings, networking opportunities, and funder convenings—providing space for collaboration and coordinated action on critical issues. SCG’s membership represents eight counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Kern, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.  www.socalgrantmakers.org.