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.

 


Maricela Morales photoMaricela Morales, Chair, Board of Directors
Executive Director, CAUSE (Central Coast Alliance for a Sustainable Economy), Ventura

Maricela Morales' career began as a teenager, volunteering to translate public health education materials to farmworker communities and ever since she has worked on social, economic, and environmental justice issues at nonprofits and as an elected official. Grateful to her Mexican immigrant parents, she attended Stanford University (Human Biology) and Pacific Graduate Institute (Psychology). She started with CAUSE as a volunteer in the Ventura County Living Coalition. She was the first Latina to be elected to the Port Hueneme City Council in 2002, and in 2007, she became the city’s first Latina Mayor.

Maricela's boldness of thinking and action was recognized with the 2019 Visionary Leader Award by the Santa Barbara Foundation. She co-founded the 805Undocufund in the aftermath of the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow and is a co-founder of the Climate Justice Network.

"California is now ranked the 5th largest economy in the world, and a healthy economy is not possible without nonprofits."

 

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."

 

Latonya Slack photoLatonya Slack, Secretary, Board of Directors
Principal, Slack Global Consulting, Los Angeles

Latonya Slack is a consultant to nonprofits, philanthropy, and government as principal and founder of Slack Global Consulting. For seven years she served as the Senior Program Officer in the Los Angeles office of the James Irvine Foundation. While at the foundation, she also served as board chair of Southern California Grantmakers. Prior to philanthropy, Latonya was executive director of the California Black Women's Health Project where she initiated the Black Women's Mental Health Project, urging actions by both clinicians and the media. A graduate of the UCLA School of Law, she has worked with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, SEIU (Service Employees International Union), and on the Youth Empowerment Project.

She is a 2006 German Marshall Fund American Marshall Memorial Fellow and is currently a board member of the California Association of Nonprofits, CalNonprofits Insurance Services, and Forward Together. Latonya is a trained facilitator, an energy leadership master practitioner, and a certified professional coach. Latonya is also an affiliate with Change Elemental and a Haas Jr. Foundation Flexible Leadership Awards Plan Consultant.

 

Geoff Green 199x300px DSC1911 199x300Geoff Green, Treasurer, Board of Directors
CEO, Santa Barbara City College Foundation

Geoff Green is Chief Executive Officer of the Santa Barbara City College (SBCCF) Foundation, where he was an early national leader in the College Promise movement, providing funds to ensure that all high school graduates in the Santa Barbara Community College District attend SBCC. Geoff's career has encompassed serving as a National Park Service ranger, public radio programmer, campaign field organizer, board chair of the Chamber of Commerce of Santa Barbara Region, consultant to nonprofits, and before his current position, as the long-time and celebrated executive director of the Fund for Santa Barbara. Geoff is known for his warmth, his willingness to roll up his sleeves, and his insights, for which he is frequently sought out by the press. Geoff is a former board chair for CalNonprofits, and as a volunteer auctioneer for nonprofits, Geoff has raised more than $4 million for more than 50 nonprofits.

"The inequalities that have long challenged our state’s communities are being exacerbated in new ways. The nonprofit sector has long been at the leading edge of advocating for justice, equity, health, opportunity, and sustainability. Having worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 25 years, I have great appreciation for the work of CalNonprofits."

  

Michael AlexanderMichael Alexander, Director of Public Programs, CalTech, Los Angeles

As Director of Public Programming at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech), Michael Alexander curates the campus’s performing arts series and supports science lectures for the public and for schoolchildren. Michael is better known as the long-time Executive Director of Grand Performances (1990–2017), an important and beloved Los Angeles’ institution known for its eclectic programming and free admission. Michael served 12 years as the State Assembly’s appointee to the California Arts Council and was a co-founder of Californians for the Arts. He began his career as a children’s entertainer and dancer with the Aman Folk Ensemble, of which he ultimately served as executive director.

Michael worked for the San Francisco Ballet before returning to his hometown to become the City’s Cultural Affairs Department’s Director of Performing Arts. While at Grand Performances, in recognition of "outstanding advocacy on behalf of the arts," he was awarded the Sidney R. Yates Award from the Association of Performance Arts Professionals.

"As the executive director of Grand Performances for 27 years, I worked with voter registration organizations, a wide range of community-based service organizations and others to create opportunities for the arts to address a range of issues, and to bring people of diverse communities together to serve the greater good. CalNonprofits plays a critical leadership role ensuring that we have a loud and positive voice in the halls of power."

  

Susan Gomez, IECCSusan 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."

 

Yolanda Gorman 95pxYolanda Gorman, Senior Advisor and Chief of Staff to the Chancellor, UCLA

Dr. Gorman is the Senior Advisor and Chief of Staff to the Chancellor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Previously she was president and CEO of Phillips Graduate University, a graduate school of psychology and management, where she was also a professor of research and organizational development. While running her consulting firm, she secured more than $100 million from government and private sources to help her clients respond to critical human needs; her clients included foundations, government agencies, and nonprofits. Yolanda is also known as a writer of numerous journal articles on nonprofit leadership matters.

Yolanda is Chair of the Board for CalNonprofits Insurance Services (CNIS), a private, for-profit social enterprise, and a former Board Chair of CalNonprofits. She was recently appointed by the Governor to the Baldwin Hills Conservancy, and by Los Angeles County to the Commission on Older Adults. In her unapparelled community service career she also served two terms as a member of the University of California Board of Regents, and was the first African American woman to chair the board of the UCLA Alumni Association.

 

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, Professor of public policy and political science and founding director of the Center for Social Innovation, University of California, Riverside

Karthick Ramakrishnan is a Professor of public policy and political science at the University of California, Riverside, and founding director of its Center for Social Innovation. 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 AAPIData.com, which publishes demographic data and policy research on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

 

Joel John RobertsJoel John Roberts, 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."

 

Shamus Roller 400pxShamus Roller, Executive Director, National Housing Law Project, San Francisco

Shamus Roller is serving his second term as chair of the CalNonprofits Board of Directors. He is Executive Director of the National Housing Law Project, which advances housing justice for poor people and communities. Shamus' longtime commitment to housing is reflected in his previous service as executive director of Housing California and as executive director of the Sacramento Housing Alliance. He helped start the Residents United Network which organizes residents in affordable housing developments and founded a land use, health, and social justice coalition — the Coalition on Regional Equity (CORE).

Before becoming a lawyer, Shamus ran street outreach programs for people that are homeless and directed a meditation and yoga program for incarcerated youth. He serves on the boards of the California Association of Nonprofits and Brilliant Corners. His articles are frequently published in the national press.

"I believe that the nonprofit sector needs a strong voice in the state capitol, on regulatory issues, and in the public sphere. From work on the Nonprofit Overhead Project, minimum wage issues or regulation of charitable organizations, no other organization can play the role that CalNonprofits does."

 

Sue Sigler photoSue Sigler, former Executive Director, California Association of Food Banks (CAFB), Oakland (Summer 2021 on leave from the board)

Sue Sigler is a five-time nonprofit executive director, previously serving in that role at Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven, Help & Emergency Response (H.E.R), and the Alameda Point Collaborative. While at CAFB Sue was credited by the California Department of Food and Agriculture for doubling the amount of food donated annually by California farmers.

"After spending a decade leading the California Association of Food Banks, I am now a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and never cease to be amazed by the vast scope of the work that nonprofit organizations undertake in service to their communities and causes. Providing effective leadership to such a diverse array of organizations is not always easy, but I am constantly gratified to see CalNonprofits take on work that would not be done by any other organization."

 

 

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