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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.

You can reach Jan by email: Janm[at]calnonprofits[dot]org".


Lucy Salcido Carter, MA, JD is the Public Policy Director at the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits). Lucy 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.

Prior to joining CalNonprofits, Lucy served in leadership policy positions at the Youth Law Center, the Northern California Innocence Project, the San Mateo County Community College District, and the East Bay Community Foundation. Her accomplishments include successful legislative campaigns to ensure access to technology for foster youth, to require postsecondary education programs for high school graduates in juvenile detention, to strengthen legal claims of innocence in criminal cases, and to increase compensation and services for exonerees. She has published numerous articles on topics such as wrongful convictions, teen sexting, family team conferences, and batterer intervention programs, and recently served as author and managing editor for a special issue of the Juvenile and Family Court Journal on child exposure to domestic violence.

Lucy is a former program officer at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, a graduate of Stanford Law School, and a dedicated bluegrass musician. Her deep appreciation for the nonprofit community and commitment to addressing disparities throughout the state make her a great addition to our team.

First volunteer experience: One of Lucy’s first volunteer experiences was in middle school when she spent an afternoon a week playing with young children in a special program for children with developmental delays and other learning challenges. More recently, Lucy volunteered at Project Read where she taught English and reading to individuals in the men’s and women’s jails.

You can reach Lucy by email: lucyc[at]calnonprofits[dot]org.

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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 CalNonprofits Membership program; 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 12 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.

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."

You can reach Christina by email: christinad[at]calnonprofits[dot]org.


Christine MetropoulosChristine Metropoulos is the Project Director for the CEO 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 and Legislative Town Halls. 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.”

You can reach Christine by email: christinem[at]calnonprofits[dot]


Karina Paredes photo Karina Paredes-Arzola is the Program Manager at the California Association of Nonprofits where she manages membership, and provides 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.

You can reach Karina by email: karinap[at]calnonprofits[dot]org.


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Lion of Yehuda
Member Since 2010

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