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Nonprofit Day in LA - 2022

November 30, 2022

Thank you to the nearly 300 attendees who took part in Nonprofit Day in LA! Together, representatives from the nonprofit, government, philanthropic, and business sectors came together for a virtual summit to develop actionable next steps will improve their work to meet the needs of communities which continue to be exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, hate crimes and bigoted speech, and the rising cost of living in the region. From the discussions emerged a consensus that stronger collaborations between nonprofit organizations and their partners is imperative. Leaders stressed that pay equity across the nonprofit sector is an urgent challenge suggesting that people working to address poverty should not be living in poverty. Another consistent theme that arose from the discussions was a call to commit to more collaboration between nonprofit organizations and their partners in government, philanthropic, and business sectors to achieve better results for residents across the region, especially those in communities that have been historically disadvantaged. We’re inspired by the attendees’ dedication to making their communities’ futures brighter, and we will collect and share next steps so we can move forward stronger. Keep an eye out for those takeaways and more ways we can partner with one another!

Meet the Speakers and Presenters

Access Resources Shared During the Day

Focusing on Solutions

After an inspirational keynote from Vu Le of Nonprofit AF, we moved into a panel discussion and explored successful partnerships where nonprofits worked closely with government, philanthropy, and business to meet their collective priorities. The panel focused on identifying strategies we can all use to reach county-wide equity goals, improve outcomes, and work more closely to achieve shared priorities. Then we joined issue-focused breakout rooms alongside peers and supporters and shared what nonprofits need to be successful, what we’ve seen work, and developed strategies that are effective for each issue. Lastly, we reassembled, reported on goals we’ve established, and presented solutions that will improve outcomes in our communities.

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We Want to Hear from You

Given the dramatic headlines on the transformation of the workforce, we are collecting information on the status of workforce retention in the nonprofit sector. Please fill out this five-minute survey to provide insights into the current state of your nonprofit. We’ll present the data at Nonprofit Day to raise awareness and share what’s needed to fully support our sector.

Speakers and Presenters

Headshot Jarrett Barrios 150 Nonprofit Day in LA - 2022At the California Community Foundation, Jarrett oversees organizational strategy and leads all CCF programmatic initiatives, marketing, communications, policy, and advocacy. Prior to CCF, Barrios served as CEO of the American Red Cross of Los Angeles, the Massachusetts Red Cross, GLAAD, and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation. From 1999 to 2007, he served in the Massachusetts legislature, first in the House of Representatives and then as the first Latino elected to the Massachusetts Senate where he chaired the Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee and was the Vice Chair of the Health Care Committee.

Learn more about California Community Foundation.
Headshot Ambrose Brooks 150x150 1 Nonprofit Day in LA - 2022Ambrose is an organizer and policy analyst committed to prison abolition, racial justice, and LGBTQ activism. Their work aims for legislative and systems-level reform grounded in community empowerment, coalition building, and radical lawyering. Currently, they are a legal advocate with San Bernardino Free Them All and coordinate the Stop the Musick coalition aimed at ending jail expansion in Orange County. Born and raised in Southern California, Ambrose is a lifelong surfer whose artistic practice considers the ocean as a site for environmental justice and queer potentialities. Ambrose holds a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from Duke University.

Learn more about Dignity and Power Now.
Headshot Debbie Chen 150x150 1 Nonprofit Day in LA - 2022 Debbie is responsible for overseeing LTSC’s real estate development activities and developing its pipeline of future projects. She has been the project lead on more than $400M worth of mixed use and affordable housing projects and has seen projects through all phases of development from acquisition to construction completion and lease up. Debbie received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Wellesley College and her Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University. Learn more about Little Tokyo Service Center.
Lisa Cleri Reale 150px Nonprofit Day in LA - 2022 Lisa provides consulting to multiple sectors including corporations, government and academia, but has built a 40+ year specialty in the non-profit and philanthropic fields. Her client work involves a variety of services from strategic grant making, fund development, executive and board coaching and development, marketing, communications, events, organizational capacity to strategic planning. Lisa spent 11 years with The Times Mirror Corporation and the Los Angeles Times directing their community affairs efforts. She served in a number of capacities, including Vice President of The Times Mirror Foundation and Director of Community Affairs for the Los Angeles Times. As head of community affairs at The Times, she launched several initiatives, including the Times in Education Partners in Education program, 1-800-877-READ, a literacy referral hotline and the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.
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Emilie Dang oversees programs and services, community engagement, and fund development. Her team works in partnership with the real estate development team to ensure that IHO’s commitment to high-quality extends to serving our residents and stakeholders. Emilie has over a decade of experience working in the nonprofit and public health fields including managing health and wellness initiatives, youth development programs, fund development, and public policy efforts. Emilie is a graduate of Fieldstone Leadership Network in Orange County, and a member of OC Nonprofit Professional Network and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. An advocate for youth empowerment, she volunteers as a member of the Boys and Girls Club of the Los Angeles Harbor. Emilie currently serves on the board for Lanterman Housing Alliance, and a participant in the 2021 Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP) program.

Learn more about Innovative Housing Opportunities.

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David is a public health professional offering extensive and successful experience in planning, developing, and implementing community-based initiatives throughout Greater Los Angeles County. He’s a dedicated public servant and advocate with project management, coalition building experience that has successfully worked with youth, schools, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and cities to advance environmental justice, equity, and community development. As the Executive Director of ActiveSGV, David is responsible for overall organization management, development, supervision of staff, and execution of various transportation, open space, and energy-related initiatives. David also serves on the Measure A Oversight Committee, Metro San Gabriel Valley Service Council, Measure W Scoring Commitee (+USGR WASC) and serves on the board of the El Monte Union High School District.

Learn more about Active San Gabriel Valley.

Headshot Efrain Escobedo Updated 150x150 1 Nonprofit Day in LA - 2022 Efrain is Vice President in charge of education and immigration programs at California Community Foundation. He has had an extensive career dedicated to increasing civic engagement and ensuring public policies and institutions not only serve but also empower our communities. He has worked both locally and nationally on efforts to increase citizenship, voter participation, and the U.S. Census and is widely recognized as an expert and active leader in Latino civic engagement and elections policy.

Learn more about California Community Foundation.
Headshot Wilma Franco Square 150x150 1 Nonprofit Day in LA - 2022As Executive Director of the Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative, Dr. Franco earned her doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership at the University of La Verne. Dr. Franco completed her undergraduate work at the University of California, Los Angeles, and her master’s degree at University of Southern California. Dr. Franco has more than 15 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector and community based programs with a strong background in program development, evaluations, partnership development, finance and development.

Learn more about SELA Collaborative.
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Adam Gottlieb, MPP is the Associate Director of Postsecondary Initiatives at UNITE-LA. In this role, he oversees policy and systems change strategy as they relate to postsecondary education at local, state, and federal levels. He works with key leadership at postsecondary institutions and community-based organizations across the state to advance a student success agenda – prioritizing equitable access to education and preparedness for the 21st century economy. Through his policy work, Gottlieb supports the UNITE-LA agenda of preparing all youth for success from cradle-to-career, working with local and statewide government agencies, legislators, and other advocacy organizations to advance policies that support postsecondary accessibility and better alignment between higher education segments, K-12, and the workforce.

Gottlieb earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Thought and Practice from the University of Redlands, in Redlands CA and a Master of Public Policy from Vanderbilt University, in Nashville Tennessee. In Nashville, he gained experience at the Tennessee Department of Education and served as the inaugural Policy and Advocacy Fellow for Complete Tennessee. Adam serves his alma mater as a member of the University of Redlands Alumni Board of Directors, where he chairs the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, and as the alumni representative on the University Antiracism Committee.

Learn more about UNITE-LA.
Headshot Maral Karaccusian 150x150 1 Nonprofit Day in LA - 2022Maral is a public servant who is deeply committed to the advancement of progressive policies that defend and increase opportunities for children, older adults, and current and former foster youth. She serves as the Senior Children and Human Services Deputy for Supervisor Janice Hahn, where she focuses on developing and implementing policies for early care and education, child welfare, social services, domestic violence, issues pertaining to older adults, helping direct mental health resources to small community based agencies, and ultimately trying to ensure that the County’s safety net is reaching those who need it the most.

Learn more about the Office of Supervisor Janice Hahn, LAC Board of Supervisors.
Headshot Claire Knowlton 150x150 1 Nonprofit Day in LA - 2022

Consulting with nonprofits and foundations, Claire focuses on aligning financial strategy to organizational values. Previously Director of Advisory Services for Nonprofit Finance Fund, she led a national practice of consultants and provided consulting services to hundreds of nonprofits and funders. While there, she designed and led a range of initiatives, including change capital projects for equity-centered arts organizations; long-term efforts to improve government contracting with nonprofits; and the Full Cost Project. She has worked in the nonprofit sector since 2005 in multiple roles, including as the Executive Director of a community-based art center, as an auditor and tax-preparer, and as co-founder and board chair for a nonprofit working to end extreme global poverty.

Learn more about Claire Knowlton Consulting.

Headshot Vu Le 150x150 1 Nonprofit Day in LA - 2022Vu is an internationally known keynote speaker and nonprofit leader who has given over 200 presentations, virtually and in person. He talks about a variety of subjects: Nonprofit funding, challenges, the Overhead Myth, the Sustainability Myth, equity, diversity, the Nonprofit Hunger Games, collaboration, collective impact, what lessons we can learn from the pandemic, community engagement, organizational culture, why we are nonprofit professionals are so awesome, how to stave off burnout, lessons nonprofits can learn from various TV shows, etc. He brings humor, insight, and usually pictures of baby animals to every keynote he gives. If you like blunt and provocative insights along with humor and pictures of baby animals, Vu may be the speaker for you.

Learn more about Nonprofit AF.

Headshot Sam Lewis 150x150 1 Nonprofit Day in LA - 2022

Prior to serving as the Executive Director for Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC), Sam served as the Director of Inside Programs. A former life prisoner himself, Sam understands the various obstacles, challenges, and difficulties the prison and reentry populations face. In 2017, Sam created the Hope And Redemption Team (HART), a first-of-its kind initiative he built from scratch. The Hope & Redemption Team (HART) is a group of nine former California life prisoners who go back into California state prisons to provide hope, demonstrate that redemption is achievable, and to prepare participants for successful reentry into our communities. His work directing the Hope and Redemption Team exemplifies what’s best about ARC: our desire to reach and walk with those who have been most marginalized by society.

Learn more about Anti-Recidivism Coalition.

Headshot Joe Nicchitta 150x150 1 Nonprofit Day in LA - 2022 LA County’s Chief Operating Officer since 2020, Joseph previously served as the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs, the County’s Cannabis Management Officer and as a Senior Deputy County Counsel advising the Board of Supervisors, LA County commissions, and departmental personnel.

Learn more about the Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office.

Headshot Genevieve Riutort 150x150 1 Nonprofit Day in LA - 2022

Genevieve brings more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising and management to her role as Westside Food Bank’s leader. Her personal experience as a single woman of color raising a family amidst food and housing insecurity informs her hunger relief and anti-poverty work. She has worked at Westside Food Bank since 2004, previously serving as Deputy Director and Chief Development Officer. WSFB’s food distribution program has more than tripled during her tenure. Genevieve is passionate about bringing innovative approaches to difficult problems and collaborating for community impact. She currently serves on the Boards of Cornerstone Theater Company and the Westside Coalition on Housing, Hunger, and Health and leads the Coalition’s Westside Food Security Group. 

Learn more about Westside Food Bank.

Headshot Lisa Salazar 150x150 1 Nonprofit Day in LA - 2022 Leading the Youth Development Department since 2021, Lisa previously worked as Policy Director for Mayor Garcetti, overseeing his agenda for workforce development, education career pathways, and veteran suicide prevention. She leverages more than two decades of experience crafting and implementing public policy on job training and skills development, youth and adult employment, economic development, education access in K-16, equity, and the future of work.

Learn more about the City of Los Angeles Youth Development Department.
Headshot Chad Scott Final 150x150 1 Nonprofit Day in LA - 2022 Having served at Sycamores for more than 20 years, Chad is an eperienced Program Director with a demonstrated history of working in the mental health care industry. Through that time he has built skills in managing nonprofit organizations focusing on social services, crisis intervention, case management, and behavioral health.

Learn more about Sycamores.
Headshot Martine Singer Nonprofit Day in LA - 2022 Martine joined Children’s Institute in 2016, with a passionate commitment to working in communities impacted by decades of racism and underinvestment. As President & CEO, she oversees one of LA’s oldest and largest social impact organizations, managing an annual operating budget of over $90 million and more than 1,000 staff. Martine previously served as President & CEO of Para Los Niños, Executive Director of Hollygrove (now part of Pacific Clinics), and held executive positions with several global media companies, serving as the founder and publisher of the first foreign-language edition of The New York Times and launching the Los Angeles Times’ award-winning online service. A native New Yorker, she holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. She serves on the boards of the California Behavioral Health Association, Eisner Health and Wise Readers to Leaders.

Learn more about Children’s Institute.
Lisa Small Redo Nonprofit Day in LA - 2022

Through grantmaking, capacity building, and policy reform work, Lisa works to execute a shared vision to end youth incarceration and build a positive youth development framework in LA County. Previously, Lisa was Senior Manager of Smart Justice at the LA Area Chamber of Commerce, where she led efforts to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline through program development, policy reform, and systems change. She worked to develop education policy and advocacy campaigns on behalf of foster youth and other underserved populations during her time at the Advancement Project, and provided therapeutic interventions to adolescents and adults through her work at Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center. Lisa earned a M.A. in Social Work and Master of Public Administration from USC, and holds a bachelor’s degrees in sociology and Chicano studies from UC Davis. She is an alumna of the Justice Policy Network Fellowship and a mentor for USC’s Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellowship in Government Service.

Learn more about Liberty Hill Foundation.

Winnie Weschler Redo Nonprofit Day in LA - 2022

Since 2012, Winnie served as executive director of the Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation, which aims to strengthen many of the unique institutions that define Los Angeles, with a particular focus on medicine, higher education, the environment, the arts and, through Pritzker Foster Care Initiative, child welfare and wellbeing. Before joining the Foundation, she served for nine years as executive director of Phoenix Houses of California, a substance abuse treatment and mental health services organization. For 20 years prior, she served as a senior media executive in the magazine publishing, cable television, Internet services, and education technology fields.

Learn more about the Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation.

Headshot Diane Zuniga 150x150 1 Nonprofit Day in LA - 2022 Diana (she/her/hers) is a healer, consultant, community organizer, and policy advocate with over 11 years of professional work experience in group facilitation, coalition building, campaign management, leadership development, racial equity practices, and political strategy. Her consulting practice supports individuals, organizations, coalitions, and systems to build containers and infrastructures that are rooted in healing, health, and justice. Diana has worked with LA County Department of Health Services, The Reimagine LA Coalition, LA County Alternatives to Incarceration Work Group, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, Drug Policy Alliance and the Latino Voters League. Diana has weaved in community engagement, racial equity, and/or participatory budgeting practices through her work to close Men’s Central Jail, create an Alternative Crisis Response System, and support the Reentry Health Advisory Collaborative in Los Angeles County. Diana identifies as a healer that works with indigenous spiritual practices, bringing in medicine that connects to plants, dreams, and the elements.

Learn more about Tres Lunas Consulting.

Supporters

We would like to thank the following foundations who have supported Nonprofit Day in LA and our efforts to improve nonprofit sustainability and equity contracting