Convention Speakers

 

Below is a partial list of what promises to be an exciting line-up of speakers from nonprofit, government, and philanthropy. Please check back in the days and weeks to come.


AG Bonta (official photo)California Attorney General Rob Bonta (Sacramento)
 

Rob Bonta Rob Bonta was sworn in as the 34th Attorney General of the State of California this past April, becoming the first person of Filipino descent and the second Asian-American to occupy the position. He previously served as a member of the California State Assembly for the 18th district, from 2012 to 2021. He has been a national leader in the fight to transform the criminal justice system, banning private prisons and detention facilities in California, as well as pushing to eliminate cash bail in the state. He sponsored AB 488 (Irwin), a CalNonprofits-supported bill recently signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom that institutes much-needed regulation over online giving platforms. A graduate of Yale, Bonta is the son of a proud native Filipino mother and a father who taught him the value of public service to his community

Session: Keynote Address


Jan MasaokaJan Masaoka

CEO, California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) (San Francisco, Sacramento, and Los Angeles)

Jan is a leading writer and thinker on nonprofit organizations with particular emphasis on boards of directors, business planning, and the role of nonprofits in society. Jan founded and wrote Blue Avocado magazine, growing it to 64,000 subscribers, before leaving in late 2015. Prior to CalNonprofits, she served 14 years as executive director of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services in which position she was named “Nonprofit Executive of the Year” by Nonprofit Times. She is an eight-time designee as one of the "Fifty Most Influential" people in the nonprofit sector nationwide and was named California Community Leader of the Year by Leadership California. Her volunteer work includes serving as chair of Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center and founding chair of Community Initiatives; she currently serves on the National Public Policy Committee of Independent Sector. @janmasaoka and @calnonprofits (Twitter)

Session: Opening Plenary, State of the Nonprofit Sector
Moderator: Nonprofit Compensation and Public Policy: Beyond Paychecks & Budgets


Senator Monique Limón (SD 19)
Chair, CA Senate Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector
 

Session: Opening Plenary: Wayfinding in the New Normal


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

Maricela Morales' career began as a teenager, volunteering to translate public health education materials to farmworker communities. Since then, 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.

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.

Session: Opening Plenary: Wayfinding in the New Normal


Chet Hewitt 75pxChet Hewitt

President and CEO, Sierra Health Foundation (Sacramento)

Chet 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). The Sierra Health Foundation has become a national model for proactive foundation work in service to communities and social justice. He is also a board member of the Public Policy Institute of California, and co-founded Equity on the Mall, a march for equity typically drawing more than 2,000 marchers. Chet also serves on the board of CalNonprofits.

Session: Opening Plenary: Wayfinding in the New Normal


Dr Raphael SonensheinDr. Raphael J. Sonenshein (Los Angeles)

Executive Director, Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles

Previously, Dr. Sonenshein was Chair of the Division of Politics, Administration, and Justice at CSU Fullerton. His books, Politics in Black and White: Race and Power in Los Angeles and The City at Stake: Secession, Reform, and the Battle for Los Angeles detail the political history of Los Angeles in the last fifty years. Dr. Sonenshein served as Executive Director of the Los Angeles (Appointed) Charter Reform Commission, and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Review Commission. He received a Wang Family Excellence Award, and was the first winner of the campus wide Carol Barnes Award for Teaching Excellence. He may however be best known for his sharp humor and resonating insights. @RSonensheinPBI (Twitter)

Session: Opening Plenary: Wayfinding in the New Normal


Daniel Zingale photoDaniel Zingale (Northern California)

Activist and Public Servant; Commissioner, CALIFORNIA 100

For nearly 40 years, Daniel Zingale has worked to amplify the voices of people outside of traditional power structures. He was an early national voice for queer equality and for people living with HIV, as political director of the Human Rights Campaign and Executive Director of AIDS Action. He pioneered the rights of patients to preventive health as founding director of California’s Department of Managed Health Care. He championed the rights of farm workers as a member of California’s historic Agricultural Labor Relations Board. He helped to advance the rights of undocumented and incarcerated Californians by launching The California Endowment’s successful ‘Health for All’ and ‘Schools Not Prisons’ campaigns. He has also served as a trusted adviser and cabinet secretary to California governors of both parties.

Session: Opening Plenary: Wayfinding in the New Normal


Lucy CarterLucy Salcido Carter, MA, JD (she/her)
 

Public Policy Director, California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) (San Francisco, Sacramento, and Los Angeles)
Lucy directs policy initiatives that protect and promote California’s nonprofits. 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 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. @lucyannc and @calnonprofits (Twitter)

Moderator: Following the Money: How to Influence State and Local Budgets


Janay Eustace

Executive Director, California Youth Connection, Sacramento

Session: Translating Racial Justice Movements into Public Policy


Malcolm Yeung

Executive Director, Chinatown Community Development Center

Session: Translating Racial Justice Movements into Public Policy


Mar Velez

State Policy Senior Manager, Latino Coalition for a Healthy CA

Session: Translating Racial Justice Movements into Public Policy


Rusty Stahl

Founder, President & CEO, Fund the People

Session: Nonprofit Compensation and Public Policy: Beyond Paychecks & Budgets


Debbi Lerman

Director, Human Services Network of San Francisco

Session: Nonprofit Compensation and Public Policy: Beyond Paychecks & Budgets


Robert Pascual

Former CEO of several nonprofits of varying sizes and currently finance consultant

Session: Nonprofit Compensation and Public Policy: Beyond Paychecks & Budgets


Jessica Bartholow

Chief of Staff, State Sen. Nancy Skinner; (chair of CA State Senate Budget Committee)

Session: Following the Money: How to Influence State and Local Budgets


Eunisses Hernandez

Executive Director, La Defensa (co-author of Measure J, which shifted Los Angeles County’s budget toward greater community investment)

Session: Following the Money: How to Influence State and Local Budgets


Julie Baker

Executive Director, Californians for the Arts

Session: Following the Money: How to Influence State and Local Budgets


Dan Geiger

Director, Human Services Alliance of Contra Costa County and coordinator of the CCC Budget Justice Coalition

Session: Following the Money: How to Influence State and Local Budgets


Jennifer FearingJennifer Fearing (she/her)

Principal, Fearless Advocacy (Sacramento)

Jennifer’s firm advances the policy agendas of mission-based organizations including CalNonprofits, Meals on Wheels California, California Association of Museums, Pew Charitable Trusts, Oceana, and more. Jennifer is regularly named by Capitol Weekly as one of the 100 most powerful people in the capitol community and in 2019 was chosen by her peers as “Public Interest Lobbyist of the Year.” She authored a nonprofit lobbying chapter for A Practitioner’s Guide to Lobbying and Advocacy in California published in early 2020. @JenniferFearing (Twitter)

Moderator: Every Nonprofit is a Climate Nonprofit


Shamus RollerShamus Roller 

Executive Director, National Housing Law Project (San Francisco)

The National Housing Law Project advances housing justice for poor people and communities, and Shamus is a "housing activist's housing activist." He previously served 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 now serves as Chair of the CalNonprofits board. @ShamusRoller (Twitter)

Session: Every Nonprofit is a Climate Nonprofit


Veronica Garibay-Gonzalez

Co-Executive Director, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability

Session: Every Nonprofit is a Climate Nonprofit


Lauren Sanchez

Senior Advisor for Climate, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

Session: Every Nonprofit is a Climate Nonprofit


Katrice Lee

Sr. Director of Development and Grants, San Diego Natural History Museum

Session: Every Nonprofit is a Climate Nonprofit


Geoff GreenGeoff Green 

Chief Executive Officer, Santa Barbara City College Foundation (SBCCF) (Santa Barbara)

Geoff 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 serves on the board of CalNonprofits, and as a volunteer auctioneer for nonprofits, Geoff has raised more than $4 million for more than 50 nonprofits. @Foundation4SBCC (Twitter)

Moderator: Debate 2021!


Susan Gomez photoSusan Gomez

CEO, Inland Empire Community Collaborative (IECC); Board Member, CalNonprofits

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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