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Jan Masaoka is the Chief Executive Officer of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) a statewide policy alliance and the voice for California’s nonprofit community. CalNonprofits is an effective advocate in Sacramento, able to mobilize 10,000 members covering 57 of California’s 58 counties. Jan is also a nationally recognized writer, researcher and speaker, with a focus on nonprofit business planning, boards of directors, and the role of nonprofits in society.

Her books include Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability (Jossey-Bass,co-authored with Jeanne Bell and Steve Zimmerman), the Nonprofit’s Guide to HR (Nolo) the Best of the Board Cafe (Fieldstone) and All Hands on Board: The Board of Directors in All-Volunteer Organizations (Boardsource). Before CalNonprofits, for 14 years Jan was the executive director of CompassPoint, a nonprofit consulting/training firm, and she founded and wrote Blue Avocado magazine, growing it to 64,000 subscribers before leaving in late 2015.

Jan was named Nonprofit Executive of the Year by Nonprofit Times, and is an eight-time designee as one of the Fifty Most Influencial” people in the nonprofit sector nationwide. She has testified on nonprofit policy issues at the federal and state levels, and her articles have been published in Nonprofit Quarterly, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Sacramento Bee, and Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Jan’s volunteer work has included serving as board chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center, founding chair of Community Initiatives, and a member of the Policy Committee of the Independent Sector, the San Francisco Telecommunications Commission, and the San Francisco Complete Count Committee in 2010.

First volunteer experience: One of Jan’s first volunteer experiences was during high school, when she volunteered with the Japanese American Citizens League. She helped the organization develop their mailing list the old-fashioned way--by reading through phone books and writing down the Japanese names.

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Nancy Berlin is the Policy Director at the California Association of Nonprofits. Nancy directs policy initiatives that protect and promote California’s nonprofits. Her work includes developing and implementing campaigns that encourage advocacy and civic engagement among CalNonprofits more than 10,000 organizational members.

Nancy is the former director of California Partnership, was the project coordinator for the Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger & Homelessness, and worked for more than 15 years at various nonprofits addressing homeless in the LA area, including Alexandria House, where she also served on the board for 20 years.

Her recognitions include Outstanding Public Citizen of the Year Award from the California Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and the Community Building and Justice Award from Alexandria House. She serves on the boards of the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment and the Arroyo Sustainable Economies Community Organization. She was the co-editor of How to Get Food and Money: The People's Guide to Welfare and Other Services from 1978 until 2010.

First volunteer experience: Nancy’s first volunteer experience was as a 12-year-old Girl Scout, where she volunteered at a nursing home. “I would read to the residents, help them write letters, and keep them company. I loved hearing stories from what the city used to be like, how they ended up settling here from places around the country and world, and it gave me an appreciation of what we can all learn from our elders."

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Christina Dragonetti is the Outreach and Communications Director at CalNonprofits. Christina oversees all aspects of communications in the areas of publications, website, media relations, and marketing. Christina also manages the Nonprofit Student Debt Project at CalNonprofits; coordinates CalNonprofits’ work with Grant Advisor; and has advocated on behalf of California nonprofits during the recent rulemaking process for California’s Teleconnect Fund.

Christina has worked for more than 10 years in the nonprofit sector in California. She earned her BA from Whitman College, and holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. She currently serves on the board of the League of Women Voters of California and fosters kittens in her spare time.

First volunteer experience: Christina’s first volunteer experience was a Girl Scout project she completed in 7th grade. “My troop planned and hosted a Career Day for girls with then-Assemblymember Jacky Speier as our keynote speaker and 30 different women talking about their careers. It opened our eyes to a new world of potential professions while we learned the elements of large event planning."

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Christine MetropoulosChristine Metropoulos is the Project Coordinator and Executive Assistant at the California Association of Nonprofits. Christine manages projects produced with nonprofit partners, including the annual California Nonprofits Day in Sacramento and, most recently, a series of statewide Nonprofit Advocacy Workshops. She is also Executive Assistant to CEO Jan Masaoka. Christine has almost 25 years of experience working with nonprofits and has been a longstanding proponent of the Bay Area’s experimental media-arts and music communities. She was Executive Director at San Francisco Cinematheque from 2014–17, worked with the California College of the Arts, Pacific Film Archive, the Victoria Theatre, the Lab, and the Canyon Cinema Foundation. She holds a BA in Film Studies from UC Berkeley.

First volunteer experience: While Christine can’t recall her first volunteer experience, one of her most meaningful—and memorable!—volunteer experiences was supporting the film exhibition collective Other Cinema at San Francisco's Artists’ Television Access gallery for 17 years. “Through the simple act of greeting an attendee and handing them a beverage, to editing numerous program calendars, I was able to develop valuable relationships with and respect for so many different people from the Bay Area and international independent filmmaking communities. Through this experience, these communities became my family.”

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Karina Paredes photo Karina Paredes-Arzola is the Program Associate at the California Association of Nonprofits where she provides membership, administrative, and office support. She has volunteered and worked within the nonprofit sector since 2013. Karina holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
      As a community organizer, she engaged clergy, often from more privileged backgrounds, to take an active role in campaigns that advocated for the dignity and respect of disadvantaged communities, particularly immigrants and workers. While at UC Berkeley, Karina gained research experience relating to Latino politics, displacement, and state predatory lending policies. Within the legal nonprofit sector, Karina worked as an Immigration Legal Assistant serving students and low-income community members gain or maintain their legal status in the U.S. Her work in immigration legal services introduced her to the critical intersection of immigration and criminal law. She then interned for the DC Prisoners’ Project and assisted inmates in navigating the grievance process to demand the protection of their rights.

First volunteer experience: Though not her first volunteer experience, Karina was a citizenship course instructor during community college. As an enthusiastic political science major, she loved the opportunity to not only prepare her students for their citizenship exam, but also to promote civic engagement. Karina’s most rewarding experience has been to receive messages from former students with the news that they became U.S. citizens and are registered to vote.

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