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SCG 2014 Annual Conference - Speakers and Sessions

Early Bird Networking Reception - 9:30 am to 10:15 am
Jump start your morning with an optional pre-conference networking reception to meet new and veteran SCG members! Through a fun networking activity, you’ll connect with other funders who are addressing similar challenges and who are equally committed to our region. SCG now has more than 200 member organizations, so you have a whole new set of colleagues to get to know!




Eric Garcetti
Mayor, City of Los Angeles

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is focused on equipping Los Angeles to be a more resilient city, one better prepared to withstand and recover from shocks and stresses of all shapes and sizes. Capitalizing on L.A.’s designation as one of the inaugural Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities, Mayor Garcetti will share his vision for building resilience across LA communities and how the philanthropic and business communities can help.

Garcetti is the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles. His "back to basics" agenda is focused on job creation and solving everyday problems for L.A. residents. He was elected four times by his peers to serve as President of the Los Angeles City Council from 2006 to 2012. From 2001 until taking office as Mayor, Garcetti served as the Councilmember representing the 13th District, which includes Hollywood, Echo Park, Silver Lake, and Atwater Village. Garcetti has taught at Occidental College and the University of Southern California.


Arianna Huffington
Chair, President, Editor-in-Chief, Huffington Post Media Group

Best known for her site The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington has been recognized as one of the most influential women in media. Building on the message of her book Thrive—especially the importance of making our giving instinct a part of our everyday lives—she will share her experiences and insights into some of the most critical social change trends today, and explore how we can take a holistic view of our personal and professional lives to support a stronger philanthropic sector and healthier, more robust communities.  

Arianna Huffington is the creator and leader of Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of 14 books. In 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. She has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. She serves on several boards, including the XPRIZE Foundation; The Center for Public Integrity; and The Committee to Protect Journalists. Her most recent book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, which has become an international bestseller, focuses on resilience and the importance of giving.


Dr. Phil McGraw
Coping with trauma is a key factor in building personal and community resilience, particularly for individuals and families in under-resourced or violence-plagued communities, as well as for our growing veteran population. SCG member Dr. Phil McGraw—renowned television personality, author, and mental health expert—will speak about his professional and philanthropic work helping people heal from trauma and why elevating a comprehensive approach to community support can help us make a lasting impact on the populations we serve.

Dr. McGraw provides the most extensive forum on mental health issues in the history of television. Now in its 13th season, he has used the Dr. Phil platform to make psychology accessible and understandable to the general public by addressing critical social issues, including the “silent epidemics” of bullying, drug abuse, domestic violence, depression, child abuse, suicide and various forms of severe mental illness. Dr. McGraw is the author of seven #1 New York Times bestsellers and is frequently called upon for his expert opinion on current events by national and international news outlets. In 2003, he established The Dr. Phil Foundation, which addresses the emotional, spiritual and monetary needs of children and families—and works to fight problems that cripple our society in subtle but undeniable ways.



More speakers to be announced!


Karen Baker
Chief Service Officer, CaliforniaVolunteers

Karen Baker is Chief Service Officer of CaliforniaVolunteers. In 2008, she was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to serve as the first-in-the-nation state cabinet Secretary of Service and Volunteering. Prior to this, Baker served the Schwarzenegger Administration as Executive Director of CaliforniaVolunteers Baker has held leadership positions at Valley Vision, an “action tank” for regional economic, environmental and social issues; Share Our Strength, a national anti-hunger nonprofit; the Corporation for National Service; and Chrysalis. She was appointed by President Clinton as Deputy Director for AmeriCorps*VISTA.





Sharyn Church
Los Angeles Director, Children Now

Sharyn Church is the Los Angeles Director of Children Now, a national research and advocacy organization based in Oakland, California. Church joined Children Now in 2013, overseeing strategic partnerships in the Los Angeles area to support local and state level policy development and advocacy for better children’s health and education outcomes. Church previously held several positions—including Founding Director of the Annenberg Professional Development Program and Deputy Director—at Inner-City Arts, a Los Angeles-based arts education organization. She is currently a member of the Policy Council of the California Alliance for Arts Education. She holds an MA in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Southern California. Church attended Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Executive Education Program, and the Getty’s Museum Leadership Institute.




Dr. Bowen Chung
Assistant Professor in Residence, Department of Psychiatry, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Bowen Chung, MD, MSHS is an Assistant Professor in Residence in the Department of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Adjunct Scientist at the RAND Corporation, and a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Harbor - UCLA Medical Center, a community safety-net public hospital in Los Angeles County. Dr. Chung has been conducting partnered research and program development with the community of South Los Angeles for over a decade to improve outcomes for depressed adults and pregnant women through support from the NIH, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, The California Endowment, and the California Community Foundation.




Nancy Halpern Ibrahim
Executive Director, Esperanza Community Housing Corporation  

Nancy Halpern Ibrahim joined Esperanza Community Housing Corporation in 1995 as founding Director of Health Programs, where she designed the Community Health Promoters Program and generated pioneering community health collaboratives. Ibrahim’s efforts have also been central to advancing the reputation of Mercado La Paloma, Esperanza’s economic development venue. She is a Founding Board Member of the Coalition for Community Health, the Southern California Healthy Homes Collaborative, and Trust South L.A. Ibrahim represents Esperanza Community Housing Corporation in the Figueroa Corridor Coalition for Economic Justice.





Corleone Ham
Program Coordinator, Young Men’s Empowerment Program, Khmer Girls in Action

Corleone Ham is the Program Coordinator for the Young Men's Empowerment Program at Khmer Girls in Action, a community-based organization whose mission is to build a progressive and sustainable Long Beach community that works for gender, racial, and economic justice, and empowers Southeast Asian youth to become leaders in their community and their lives.  Ham, who grew up in Carson and Long Beach, spent his high school years involved with KGA when he attended Wilson High School.  He is currently studying at Long Beach City College and is majoring in International Development Studies.





Felica Jones
Director of Programs, Healthy African American Families II

Felica Jones has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years, serving families and children in South Los Angeles. As Director of Programs for Healthy African American Families II, she oversees all projects within the agency addressing health disparities such as: Preterm Delivery, the Men's Project, Breathe Free Asthma & Lead Program, Community Child Health Network Study, Restoration Center, and Community Partners In Care. Jones has worked as a group facilitator on such topics as anger management for first time offender youth, Social Support and Empowerment workshops for pregnant African American women, health and sex education, and life skills education for pregnant and parenting teen mothers.





Dr. Lucy Jones
Seismologist, US Geological Survey and Science Advisor on Seismic Risk to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Dr. Lucy Jones has been a seismologist with the US Geological Survey and a Visiting Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech since 1983. She currently serves as the USGS Science Advisor for Risk Reduction while also leading the SAFRR Project: Science Application for Risk Reduction, to apply USGS science to reduce risk in communities across the Nation. In January 2014, she partnered with Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti to undertake a year-long study of seismic risk in the City. Authoring over 100 papers on research seismology with primary interest in earthquake statistics and integrated disaster scenarios, Dr. Jones is most recently known for creating and leading innovative research projects like ShakeOut Earthquake Scenario and the Great ShakeOut. She serves on the California Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council and was a Commissioner of the California Seismic Safety Commission from 2002 to 2009. Dr. Jones received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Brown University and a Ph. D. in geophysics from MIT.




Jan Masaoka
Chief Executive Officer, California Association of Nonprofits

Jan Masaoka is Chief Executive Officer of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), a statewide policy alliance of nonprofits speaking to government, philanthropy, and the public at large. CalNonprofits recently conducted the first-ever economic impact study of California's nonprofit sector, released August 2014 in Los Angeles at its annual convention. Masaoka is a leading writer and thinker on nonprofit organizations; her books include Best of the Board Café, Nonprofit Sustainability and The Nonprofit's Guide to HR. She founded and edits Blue Avocado magazine, often described as the second-best read publication in the nonprofit sector. Masaoka also served 14 years as Executive Director of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, a national consulting and training firm for nonprofits. In that position, she was named "Nonprofit Executive of the Year" by the Nonprofit Times in 2003. She is an eight-time designee as one of the "Fifty Most Influential" people in the nonprofit sector nationwide.




Keith McNutt
Director, Western Region, The Actors Fund

Keith McNutt is the Director of the Western Region of The Actors Fund, a national nonprofit that helps professionals in all disciplines of the performing arts and entertainment. Services include both emergency assistance and social services responding to need or crisis situations, as well as proactive help creating the building blocks of a financially stable career in the arts:  affordable housing and health care, financial management skills, and secondary/parallel careers.  Prior to his work in Los Angeles, he worked for The Fund’s AIDS Initiative in New York and served on the National Grants Committee of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. McNutt was a 2012-13 Durfee Foundation Stanton Fellow, focusing on ways municipal and county governments can better support the creative industries in Los Angeles County. His report, LA CREATES:  Supporting the Creative Economy in Los Angeles, was released as a policy recommendation supplement to the 2013 Otis Report on the Creative Economy. He has a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University, a Master of Social Work from New York University, and completed the Executive Education Program for Nonprofit Leaders at the Stanford University School of Business.



Jonathan Parfrey
Executive Director, Climate Resolve

Jonathan Parfrey is Executive Director of Climate Resolve, an LA-based climate advocacy organization. He also served as Commissioner at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power from 2008-2013. Parfrey is immediate Past-President of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters and is a co-founder (and currently Vice-Chair) of the street event CicLAvia. He is a founder of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability and the statewide Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation. Parfrey also served previously as Director of the GREEN LA Coalition and as Los Angeles Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility. He is a Fellow at the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities. In 2011, Parfrey was appointed a Senior Fellow at the USC Marshall School of Business, and was a visiting lecturer at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. In 2003, he was appointed to Governor Schwarzenegger’s Environmental Policy Team. In 2002 he was awarded a Durfee Foundation Fellowship and in 2010 he received a Stanton Fellowship. 



Maryjane Puffer
Executive Director, The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health

In her role as Executive Director of The Los Angeles Trust for Children's Health, Maryjane Puffer facilitates the development of LA Unified School District’s Wellness Networks and is on the cutting edge of community prevention framework strategies for health programming in schools. A 35-year veteran in health care and program development, she has developed and managed international and domestic health programs. Puffer serves on several committees, including the School Health Coalition of Los Angeles County, the state Adolescent Sexual Health Work Group, the Los Angeles School Health Policy Roundtable, and the Los Angeles Preconception Health Collaborativeand. She is a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Advisory Board Member for the Fresno Regional Foundation and was recognized as the "2014 Healthcare Advocate of the Year" by the Los Angeles Business Journal.




Beron Thompkins Jr.
B.L.O.O.M. Youth Ambassador, Social Justice Learning Institute

Beron Thompkins Jr. is a B.L.O.O.M. Youth Ambassador through the Social Justice Learning Institute, which works to improve the lives of urban communities of color by helping individuals and groups use their own agency to advocate for, and achieve, health and educational equity. As a high school senior in South Los Angeles, Thompkins experienced the criminal justice system first-hand when he was arrested and jailed for a bad decision he made when he was 15 years old. His participation in the California Community Foundation’s B.L.O.O.M. Initiative through the Social Justice Learning Institute’s Black Male Youth Academy has helped him start fresh by providing a pathway that has cultivated his skills as a leader and has empowered him to transform the lives of his peers and community. 






Moderated by Dr. David Erickson and featuring Barbara Andersen, Nancy O. Andrews, Susan Harper, and Malcolm Williams

Resiliency is about how we create the systems that allow people, institutions, and communities to not only survive, but to adapt and grow while facing chronic challenges like poverty, long-term unemployment, and natural and man-made disasters.  The Federal Reserve’s Dr. David Erickson will lead a powerful panel discussion on why and how we must break down silos between sectors, funding streams, and issues—to develop smart strategies that enhance our collective impact on communities. 


Dr. David Erickson (Panel Moderator)
Director, Center for Community Development Investment, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Dr. Erickson leads the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Center for Community Development Investment and edits the journal, Community Development Investment Review. His research areas include community development finance, affordable housing, economic development, and institutional changes that benefit low-income communities. Dr. Erickson has helped to lead collaborations between the Federal Reserve and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to bring health efforts together with community development. He is the author of The Housing Policy Revolution: Networks and Neighborhoods, and co-editor of Investing in What Works for America’s Communities: Essays on People, Place, and Purpose.





Barbara Andersen
Director, Strategic Partnerships, Orfalea Foundation

Barbara Andersen is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Orfalea Foundation, which actively seeks innovative and effective programs that meet its goals to assist under-served populations in the community. As a significant component of its local giving, the Orfalea Foundation regularly encourages local nonprofits to collaborate and develop strategic partnerships. By emphasizing cooperation between different agencies with similar goals, it is the Foundation’s hope to continually increase the efficiency of its own grant-making and maximize the philanthropic impact of collective efforts. Andersen previously directed the Orfalea Fund’s Aware & Prepare Initiative, a public-private partnership to strengthen emergency preparedness in Santa Barbara that has provided over $8 million in strategic support to public and nonprofit entities to enhance capabilities to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters. Andersen holds an M.P.A. with a concentration in International and National Security Policy from Syracuse University in New York.




Nancy O. Andrews
President and Chief Executive Officer, Low Income Investment Fund

Nancy O. Andrews is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF), an $800 million Community Development Financial Institution that has invested $1.5 billion in community projects. LIIF’s investments have leveraged $7.5 billion in private capital for poor communities in 31 states across the U.S. and generated more than $30 billion in benefits for families and society. Previously, Andrews served as Deputy Director of the Ford Foundation’s Office of Program Related Investments, and also designed and launched the Foundation’s housing policy program. She has served as Chief Financial Officer of the International Water Management Institute, a World Bank-supported international development organization. Andrews also consulted for the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Treasury during the Clinton administration. Her most recent book, jointly edited with David Erickson, is titled Investing in What Works for America’s Communities: Essays on People, Place, and Purpose.





Susan Harper
Senior Vice President, Bank of America , CDFI Lending & Investing

Susan Harper manages Bank of America’s activities with Community Development Financial Institutions in California and other regions that finance housing, small businesses, and community facilities, providing health care, education, childcare and social services. She has held positions at the Low Income Investment Fund, NCB Capital Impact, and Price Waterhouse LLP. She serves on the Board and Chairs the Finance Committee of Opportunity Fund, the largest micro-lender in California. Harper serves on the Loan Committees for the Enterprise Community Loan Fund, Inc.; Network for Oregon Affordable Housing; Nonprofit Finance Fund; and The Reinvestment Fund. 





Malcolm Williams
Policy Researcher, RAND

Malcolm Williams is a Policy Researcher at RAND whose background is in health services research. His research interests include racial and ethnic disparities in quality and access to care, trust in health care providers, and vulnerability to public health disasters. His work often incorporates community based research efforts, including those conducted with faith-based organizations. Williams' current research includes a number of community-based studies on a range of topics including building community resilience to disaster, urban religious congregations' capacity for HIV prevention and care, and assessing the health care experiences of ex-prisoners. He is a co-developer of "Mapping Populations Vulnerable to Public Health Disasters" a GIS-based mapping tool that organizations interested in public health emergency preparedness can use to identify locations of high concentrations of vulnerable populations in their communities. Williams received his Ph.D. in health policy from Harvard University, and his M.P.P. from Georgetown University Public Policy Institute.



Moderated by Sarah Burd-Sharpes and featuring Aja Brown, Maria Cabildo, Donna Deutchman, and Dr. Robert Ross

Resilience is about more than strengthening physical infrastructures. In order to fully address the conditions and risks that threaten a community's ability to bounce back, we must invest in our human infrastructure. Health, education and the ability to earn a decent living are the basic building blocks to address the increasing rapid-fire shocks affecting Southern California. These shocks go well beyond natural disasters to long-standing gaps in well-being that have long term effects: poverty, inequality of opportunity, and youth disconnection, to name a few.

Using research from her forthcoming A Portrait of California 2014-2015, Sarah Burd-Sharps, Co-Director of Measure of America, will facilitate a panel discussion on how different demographic groups in Southern California have fared since the Great Recession – with a focus on Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties.  Which groups had the most trouble recovering and why? Which were successful? Panelists will discuss different facets of resilience and how to build an infrastructure of opportunity to serve the next generation in our region. Additional panelists to be announced shortly!


Sarah Burd-Sharps
Co-Director, Measure of America and C
o-Author, A Portrait of California 2014-2015 (forthcoming)
Sarah Burd-Sharps is Co-Director of Measure of America and co-author of two volumes of The Measure of America (Columbia University Press, 2008 and NYU Press, 2010). She has also co-authored state and local well-being reports for California, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Marin and Sonoma Counties. Measure of America also created the Opportunity Index. Prior to this position, Sarah worked for the United Nations for over two decades, with a focus on economic empowerment, democratic governance, and gender equity. Before she left the UN in 2007 to found Measure of America, she was Deputy Director of the UN Development Program’s Human Development Report Office, where she worked on three global Human Development Reports (Oxford University Press) and led the UN’s work on national human development reports on every continent. Sarah contributes regularly to media outlets, with articles published in The Nation, Huffington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review and more. She received a Master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.



Aja Brown
Mayor, City of Compton

In 2013, Aja Brown made history as the youngest Mayor the City of Compton has ever elected. She has developed community empowerment boards, business-to-business collaboratives, and employment development programs. Mayor Brown also created policies that ensure residents are included into every aspect of the development process, as a result of public investment into private projects. In 2007, she worked with the City of Compton’s Community Redevelopment Agency as a Redevelopment Project Manager. Mayor Brown also created and implemented Compton’s Apprentice Program to create jobs for local residents on city-funded or assisted capital improvement projects. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy, Urban Planning and Development and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning with a concentration in Economic Development from the University of Southern California. 



Maria Cabildo
President, East LA Community Corporation

Maria Cabildo has spent her career promoting and advancing socially and economically just community development in East Los Angeles, the community where she was born and raised. During her tenure at East LA Community Corporation (ELACC), an organization she co-founded in 1995, ELACC has developed a community development model that fuses grassroots community organizing, contextualized real estate development and asset building to preserve and enhance communities. ELACC has invested over $155 million in affordable housing and community development resources, and organized the participation of hundreds of community residents in development decision making, community planning and anti-displacement efforts. Cabildo has a Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia University and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from UCLA. She serves on the Boards of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, California Housing Partnership and the Los Angeles Food Policy Council. 



Donna E. Deutchman
Chief Executive Officer, Habitat for Humanity, San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys; Chair, Housing Work Group, Governor’s Interagency Council on Veterans (ICV); Community Development Advisor (International) to Enviro Board Corporation

Donna Deutchman is a leader in the development of new models of multi- and interdisciplinary care for multigenerational families (civilian and veteran), including direct services, University research, and policy. Her work creates public-private partnerships that provide nonprofit organizations with resources and expertise needed to grow and become self-sustaining leaders in their industries. This includes the creation of effective housing and social service models that address community needs in a fiscally responsible manner. Currently, Deutchman is CEO of Habitat for Humanity, San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys, developing a state-wide program adopted by the California Department of Veteran Affairs that expands this Habitat’s unique Enriched Neighborhood model to low income veterans. Her work with Enviro Board and ERDC is transforming this domestic model internationally through programs that create greater housing and finance opportunities. She also served as CEO of ONEgeneration, an intergenerational program named a Congressional Model of Excellence, and has held positions at UCLA and USC. 



Dr. Robert K. Ross
President and Chief Executive Officer, The California Endowment

Robert K. Ross, M.D., leads The California Endowment, a health foundation established in 1996 to address the health needs of Californians. Prior to his appointment in 2000, Dr. Ross served as director of the Health and Human Services Agency for the County of San Diego and Commissioner of Public Health for the City of Philadelphia. He has an extensive background in health philanthropy, as a public health executive, and as a clinician. His service includes: Medical Director for LINK School‐Based Clinic Program, Camden, New Jersey; Instructor of Clinical Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; and faculty member at San Diego State University’s School of Public Health. Dr. Ross received his undergraduate, Masters in Public Administration and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Ross was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar from 1988 to 1990, focusing on urban child health issues. He serves as a Member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans, and as a Board member of the California Health Benefit Exchange Board, Diversity in Philanthropy Coalition, USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy, and Grantmakers in Health, among others.