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Jan Masaoka, CEO, CalNonprofits

Geoff Green is CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), a statewide policy alliance of more than 10,000 nonprofits speaking to government, philanthropy, and the public at large.

A long-time CalNonprofits board member, Geoff previously served as CEO of the Santa Barbara City College Foundation. With more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, he has worked on a wide variety of issues including affordable housing, access to education, racial equity, and environmental protection.

Under Green's nine years of leadership, the SBCC Foundation raised over $50 million to support student success programs. In 2016 he led the creation of the SBCC Promise, a groundbreaking initiative that offers all recent, local high school graduates the opportunity to attend college full-time at no cost.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Green now resides on the Central Coast. He has served on a diverse array of local, state, and national nonprofit boards in addition to both elected and appointed public office. A dedicated champion of the nonprofit sector, his prior roles include campaign organizer, public affairs radio host, and national park ranger.

You can reach Geoff by email: Geoffg[at]calnonprofits[dot]org.

 
Vanessa Cruz

Vanessa Cruz is the Member Support Associate for CalNonprofits' more than 10,000 members. She earned her A.A. at Cypress Community College and B.A. in Sociology at California State University Fullerton. Being a first-generation college graduate, she wanted to help others who were accomplishing this milestone. While attending Cypress College, she enrolled in a Chicana/o studies course, which further educated her about her community. As an undergrad, she gained research experience in an educational institution.

“As part of the CalNonprofits membership team, I look forward to working with our members in providing the resources to continue being a strong community of nonprofits! I admire every one of our members their dedication in assisting the community.”

My first volunteer experience was during high school. For a month, I volunteered with my former kindergarten teacher assisting her class with different learning activities. Most recently, I volunteered for an organization, New Alternatives, Inc. where I supervised visitations between children in the foster care system and their parents.

You can reach Vanessa by email: Vanessac[at]calnonprofits[dot]org.

 
Robert Gibbons

Robert Gibbons is the Director of Education at CalNonprofits. He is an experienced nonprofit professional with a strong background in program creation, implementation, and multicultural communication. He holds a Master's of Public Policy from UCLA, and a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from UC Berkeley.

Prior to joining CalNonprofits, Robert was an advisor at The Asia Foundation focused on resource development, leadership, and exchange programs. During the pandemic, Robert worked as a program lead with CORE: Community Organized Relief Effort in Los Angeles, managing partner logistics for large-scale vaccine sites, collaborating with emergency management agencies and community organizations to administer over 2.5 million vaccinations to the region. Robert has also spent time abroad with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in East Africa and as a Visiting Scholar at the Muhammad Yunus Center in Bangkok.

Robert’s first volunteer experience was in middle school, working with under-resourced youth in San Francisco, where he was born and raised.

You can reach Robert by email at Robertg[at]calnonprofits[dot]org.

 
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Lauren Kay is the Director of Communications & Marketing for CalNonprofits. A strategic communications professional with more than 25 years’ experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, Lauren has a deep appreciation for the power of clear language and compelling storytelling to move people to action, raise awareness for missions, and attract media attention that matters.

Previously, Lauren directed communications at Community Partners, a Los Angeles-based fiscal sponsor and intermediary organization, and at the California Community Foundation. She was project director for The National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers and has served as an independent communications consultant to prominent grantmaking foundations and a variety of nonprofit organizations. Early in her career, Lauren was a newspaper reporter and editor. She is a member of the leadership team for ComNetworkLA, the local chapter of the national Communications Network. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys hiking, designs jewelry, and is always on the look-out for the next great taco stand.

First volunteer experience: A very early volunteer experience for Lauren was as a child, helping to stuff envelopes alongside her mother for an anti-war group.

You can reach Lauren by email at laurenk[at]calnonprofits[dot]org

 
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Linh Ngo is the Director of Projects & Membership at CalNonprofits, where she oversees the execution and administration of recruitment, retention, and engagement of CalNonprofits members.

Prior to joining CalNonprofits, Linh was at the Diversity in Health Training Institute, where she managed a program that supports underserved Asians with intellectual and developmental disabilities access services through workforce development, community outreach and engagement, and service referrals. She has experience providing case management services to youth placed-at-risk and career coaching for immigrants and refugees. Linh holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and has worked with students in Vietnam and across the globe in volunteer projects.

First volunteer experience: Linh supported volunteers coming from other countries all over the world to teach English to primary students in Vietnam.

You can reach Linh by email at linhn[at]calnonprofits[dot]org

As a startup nonprofit, the process is often difficult. CalNonprofits quickly provided valuable information and resources that helped me handle it all.
I appreciate their professionalism and expertise.

– Bernice Varnado,
Lion of Yehuda
Productions
Member Since 2010

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