Board of Directors

Members of the Board of Directors of the California Association of Nonprofits serve as volunteers and represent a diversity of nonprofit leadership across our state. Two-thirds of board members are elected by CalNonprofits members, with the others appointed by the board. As policy leaders themselves, board members are instrumental as partners in strategic decisions for CalNonprofits and in advocating for California's nonprofit community.


Joel John RobertsJoel John Roberts, Chair, Board of Directors
Chair and CEO, PATH and PATH Ventures, Los Angeles

Joel John Roberts is the CEO of PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) and its housing development agency PATH Ventures. PATH currently operates in 140 cities across California and serves a remarkable 20% of California’s homeless population. PATH Ventures has 20 permanent supportive housing communities completed or in development.

Joel is also a Board Member of Destination: Home, a public-private partnership in Silicon Valley, San Diego 211, San Diego’s New Market Tax Credit Advisory Board, and Santa Clara County’s Continuum of Care. Joel is also the author of numerous opinion pieces on homelessness, as well as the book, How to Increase Homelessness. He is a columnist on housing and homelessness for San Jose Spotlight and Invisible People.

"California needs to treat homelessness like the disaster it is. Let’s provide housing first."


Jose Rodriguez 95pxJose Rodriguez, Vice-Chair, Board of Directors
President and CEO, El Concilio of Stockton

Jose Rodriguez is a long-time and celebrated community activist deeply grounded in Stockton. He began at El Concilio of Stockton as a program director and became the president/CEO in 1996. With annual revenue of $13 million, 12 sites and 300 staff in four counties, El Concilio is an anchor provider and a leader for Latino and other communities and for the Central Valley. El Concilio has been recognized by the National Council of La Raza (now UnidosUS) as Affiliate of the Year, as one of the top 25 Latino nonprofits nationally by the Hispanic Business Magazine, and by the California legislature as California Nonprofit of Year in their district.

A graduate of the University of the Pacific and Humphrey's Law School, Jose also serves on the boards of Visionary Home Builders, San Joaquin A+, and the national board of UnidosUS.

"Growing up in Olivehurst, California the son of immigrant farmworkers, the promise of the American Dream meant so much, as it still does to so many. It is through those life experiences that I understand the importance of a strong family, an appreciation of education, and a values system that recognizes the responsibility to take action."


Leslie CastellanoLeslie Castellano, Executive Director, Ink People, Eureka

Leslie Castellano is Executive Director of Ink People, a renowned community arts center in Eureka. Ink People creates arts programs for young people and differently abled individuals, supports more than 100 community-initiated arts and culture projects, facilitates public arts, and work with city, state, and tribal authorities in nurturing and promoting the arts in Humboldt and adjoining counties. Ink People curates exhibitions, provides technology and instruction in music and media, and sponsors the Eureka Poet Laureate program.

Leslie was trained as a dancer; she has performed internationally including at the United Nations World Cultural Forum in Mexico and in the Great Bear Wilderness Project in Canada. She continues to serve with the performance group Synapsis Collective. In 2018 she ran successfully for the Eureka City Council and was reelected to office in 2022.


photo of Crystal CrawfordCrystal Crawford, Executive Director, Western Center on Law and Poverty, Los Angeles

A seasoned leader in the legal, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, Crawford has played a pivotal role in advancing the health and economic security of low-income Californians, women of color and communities of color. Crawford previously was a program director at The California Wellness Foundation, where she developed and led the organization’s groundbreaking Women’s Initiatives, a multi-million dollar program that amplified the voices of women of color and provided philanthropy and policymakers with a vision for how to advance the health and economic security of women of color.

She has also served as CEO of the California Black Women’s Health Project, the only statewide organization devoted to improving the health of California’s Black women and girls through policy, advocacy, education and outreach. She began her post-collegiate career as a public school teacher in Harlem. She currently sits on the board of the California Budget and Policy Center, Health Access California, Grand Performances, the Black Alumni of Dartmouth Association and other organizations.


Shane Goldsmith photoShane Goldsmith, CEO, Liberty Hill Foundation, Los Angeles

Shane Murphy Goldsmith is the President and CEO of Liberty Hill Foundation, one of the nation's most admired social change foundations, where she previously served as Vice President and Chief Program Officer. Liberty Hill's priorities include racial justice, youth and transformative justice, and LGBTQ and gender justice. Shane is a former Vice President of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners and LA Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Commission, and has served on the Commission for the Housing Authority of the City of LA.

Shane is the Co-Chair of the Southern California Grantmakers Board of Directors, and California Funders for Boys and Men of Color (CFBMoC) SoCal Region. Prior to joining Liberty Hill, she served as a senior advisor to then-City Council President Eric Garcetti, overseeing housing, economic development, the city budget, public safety and LGBTQ issues. Shane has also worked as a community organizer focusing on economic justice in low income communities of color in LA, and managed a homeless shelter in Indiana. Shane lives in Los Angeles with her wife Monica Granados and their two children.


Susan Gomez photoSusan Gomez, CEO, Inland Empire Community Collaborative (IECC), San Bernardino

Susan Gomez is founding President/CEO of the Inland Empire Community Collaborative (IECC), an organization that is the result of nine years and 83 nonprofits working together to strengthen its organizations throughout San Bernardino & Riverside County and improve outcomes for individuals and communities. In the last five years, the IECC has collectively raised more than 19.2 million dollars.

A resident of Riverside, Susan has co-chaired the Funder’s Alliance “Inland Empire Capacity Building Network,” is a partner of the Inland Empire 2020 Census Complete Count Committee, and chairs the Nonprofit Equity Committee at IE Rise.

“Nonprofit advocacy helps give citizens a voice. Nonprofits serve as the great equalizer, where individuals come together so their voices are amplified."


Le Ondra Clark Harvey photoLe Ondra Clark Harvey, CEO, California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies (CBHA), Sacramento

Dr. Clark Harvey is a psychologist and the Chief Executive Officer of the California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies (CBHA). CBHA is a statewide advocacy organization representing mental health and substance use disorder non-profit agencies that collectively serve approximately 1 million Californians. She has maintained an impressive record of leadership including serving on national and local boards including the National Council of Mental Wellbeing, American Psychological Association, Association of Black Psychologists, Sacramento County Public Health Advisory Board and the Sacramento County Children’s Coalition.

She was appointed by California Governor Gavin Newsom to his Master Plan on Aging Advisory Committee and Behavioral Health Task Force, by California Lieutenant Governor, Eleni Kounalakis, to the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Board and by the federal Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Advisory Committee for Women’s Services.


Chet Hewitt photoChet P. Hewitt, President and CEO, Sierra Health Foundation, Sacramento

Chet Hewitt has served as a frontline group home worker, youth development counselor, community organizer, juvenile justice project director, Director of Alameda County Social Services Agency, Senior Manager at the Rockefeller Foundation, and currently as president of the influential Sierra Health Foundation (based in Sacramento). He was named Administrator of the Year by Black Administrators in Child Welfare; other national honors include the Annie E. Casey Foundation Child Welfare Administrator of the Year, and the Grantland Johnson Intergovernmental Cooperation Award. He is a board member of the Public Policy Institute of California.

Chet exemplifies the role of activist foundation leader. In addition to grantmaking, the Sierra Health Foundation brings city, business, nonprofit, and community leaders together to address controversial issues. He established the Center at the Sierra Health Foundation, and co-founded Equity on the Mall, a march for equity typically drawing more than 2,000 marchers.

"As someone who has spent a considerable amount of my professional life thinking about the development of public policy and the implications of policy proposals, I understand how work in this area can either constrain or support the efficacy and impact of nonprofits. CalNonprofits is one of the most effective California based organizations engaged in this important work."


Karthick Ramakrishnan is a Professor of public policy and political science at the University of California, Riverside, and serves as the executive director of California 100. He also founded the Center for Social Innovation at UC Riverside. He has published many articles and books, including most recently Citizenship Reimagined (Cambridge, 2020) and Framing Immigrants (Russell Sage, 2016).

In addition to the CalNonprofits board, Karthick serves on the board of The California Endowment, chairs the California Commission on APIA Affairs, and serves as director of the Inland Empire Census Complete Count Committee. He directs the National Asian American Survey and founded, which publishes demographic data and policy research on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.


Malcolm Yeung photoShamus Roller, Executive Director, National Housing Law Project (NHLP)

Shamus has been the Executive Director of of NHLP since November 2016. He previously served as the executive director of Housing California, a statewide advocacy organization working on issues of housing and homelessness. During his time at Housing California the organization’s advocacy led to over five billion dollars in new funding for affordable development and a host of new programs and policies.

He helped start the Residents United Network, which organizes residents in affordable developments. Prior to that he was the executive director of the Sacramento Housing Alliance, a regional housing and homelessness advocacy organization.

He started his career running street outreach programs for people that are homeless and ran a meditation and yoga program for incarcerated youth. He serves on the boards of the California Association of Nonprofits and Brilliant Corners.




Malcolm Yeung photoMalcolm Yeung, Executive Director, Chinatown Community Development Corporation (Chinatown CDC), San Francisco

Chinatown CDC is a comprehensive community development organization with a mission to build community through bricks and mortar strategies (developing, acquiring and operating over 3,500 units of affordable housing) and people strategies (tenant organizing, community planning and advocacy, youth leadership development, and residents services).

Malcolm first practiced in venture finance and in I.P. litigation at Perkins Coie LLP and then O'Melveny and Meyers LLP before joining the Asian Law Caucus in 2003. In 2009, Malcolm joined Chinatown CDC where he has been ever since, except for a brief sabbatical serving as Senior Housing Advisor to San Francisco's First Asian American Mayor, the Honorable Edwin M. Lee. In 2019, Mayor London Breed appointed Malcolm to the San Francisco Airport Commission. Malcolm graduated from Duke University (B.S. Chemistry), University of Colorado at Boulder (M.A. History), and Berkeley Law (J.D.).


Bill York headshot 2021William York, President and CEO, 211, San Diego

As the President & CEO of 211 San Diego, William (Bill) York heads up one of the most successful 2-1-1 providers in the nation. Joining 211 in 2007 and today overseeing 300 staff, Bill and his team launched the region’s first Community Information Exchange (CIE) to bridge health and social services to address social determinants of health and improve upstream impacts such as health outcomes, equity, and quality of life. He was appointed by Dr. Mark Ghaly, Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHSA), to represent 211/CIE San Diego as a member of the CHHSA Stakeholder Advisory Group for the implementation of the Health and Human Services Data Exchange Framework that was established as part of the California AB 133 in 2021.

Prior to his current role, William served as 211 San Diego’s Executive Vice President. He is a member of the Truman National Security Project Advisory Board, and was recognized in 2015 as the San Diego Veteran of the Year by California State Assemblymember Toni Atkins and the San Diego Veterans Museum and Memorial Center. Most recently, William was recognized by the San Diego Business Journal as one of the region’s top 50 LGBTQ+ Leaders of Influence Honorees.

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