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Jan Masaoka is the Chief Executive Officer of the California Association of Nonprofits. As CEO, Jan sets the strategic direction for CalNonprofits and its more than 10,000 members. Jan has extensive nonprofit experience, including as the executive director of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services for 14 years. She is a leading writer, thinker, and speaker on nonprofit organizations with particular emphasis on boards of directors, business planning, and the role of nonprofits in society.

Her books include: The Best of the Board Café, All Hands on Board: The Board of Directors in All-Volunteer Organizations, Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability, and The Nonprofit’s Guide to HR. Jan founded and wrote the 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 Influential” people in the nonprofit sector nationwide. She has testified on nonprofit policy issues at the federal and state levels, and her perspective on nonprofits has been featured in a number of media outlets, including the New York Times, USA Today, Nonprofit Quarterly, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Her volunteer work includes serving as chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center and founding chair of Community Initiatives; she currently serves on the National Public Policy Committee of Independent Sector.

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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Dishauna Castro

Dishauna Castro is the Administrative Coordinator and Executive Assistant to the CEO at the California Association of Nonprofits. Dishauna provides executive support for the CEO of CalNonprofits, Jan Masaoka, including scheduling, event management, and board support. Dishauna manages the administration of the CalNonprofits offices, and as a special project manager, she oversees events including California Nonprofits Day.

Dishauna previously worked at a women’s day shelter; at a nonprofit that sends individuals abroad to teach English; and at a conflict resolution nonprofit in Cambodia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a master’s degree in Global Social Work from Boston College.

First volunteer experience: Dishauna’s first volunteer experience was during high school, when she tutored elementary school children at the Boys & Girls Club in Vallejo. “It was such a great volunteer experience. It was the first time I realized how much just being there, not only to assist with homework but to have someone to talk to, made a huge difference in their lives.”Dishauna Castro 500sq

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Sean Coffey

Sean Coffey is the Communications Director at the California Association of Nonprofits. Sean oversees the communications strategy at CalNonprofits, including earned and social media; print and digital publications; and brand management. His previous nonprofit experience includes serving as communications manager at the California Reinvestment Coalition where his earned media work helped elevate the organization’s campaigns to the national stage.

Sean managed several housing counseling programs during the foreclosure crisis, and also focused on long-term care policy at the Family Caregiver Alliance. He has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. from Colorado College.

First volunteer experience: Sean's first volunteer experience was in middle school with the Sunday Lunch Program. “Every couple of months, our family would spend a Saturday afternoon together, preparing 200 brown-bag lunches that were then shared the next day with people experiencing homelessness in Denver.”

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Christina Dragonetti is the Membership and Marketing Manager at CalNonprofits. Christina oversees the membership department at CalNonprofits, where she is responsible for recruitment, retention, and engagement of CalNonprofits members. 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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