Convention Speakers

 

Meet the wonderful Convention speakers – and check back as new speakers are being confirmed all the time!

Ivette AleIvette Alé (she/her)

Senior Policy Lead, Dignity and Power Now (DPN) (Los Angeles)
DPN is a grassroots organization that fights for the dignity and power of incarcerated people, their families, and communities. Ivette is a grassroots organizer, LGBTQ community leader, and artist with 15 years of community organizing and advocacy experience. Her experiences growing up in Southern California as an undocumented person and as the child of an incarcerated person have informed her activism throughout her career. Most recently, she served as Statewide Coordinator for Californians United for a Responsible Budget: a statewide coalition of over 85 organizations successfully shifting state and local spending from corrections and policing to human services. As the Coordinator of the JusticeLA Coalition, her work helped secure the victory against L.A. County’s $3.5 billion jail expansion plan. When she is not fighting against prisons and jails, she organizes queer music and art spaces locally and across the country. @PowerDignity (Twitter) and @hi_femme (Instagram)

Session: From Movements to Public Policy: Implementing Change in Communities (Wednesday, November 18, 11:00am)

Julie BakerJulie Baker 

Executive Director, Californians for the Arts and California Arts Advocates (Sacramento)
Julie has dramatically increased the legislative clout and visibility of the arts community. She serves as the California State Captain to Americans for the Arts' National Arts Action Summit and is on the board of California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project. Over the years, Julie has owned a fine arts gallery for emerging artists, co-founded Flow art fair — a satellite to Art Basel Miami Beach — and curated projects such as the Global Rhythms Series at the Crocker Art Museum. Julie has also served as the Executive Director of The Center for the Arts, a non-profit performing arts venue and California WorldFest, an annual music and camping festival located in Grass Valley, CA. @greenacres4life (Twitter) and @caforthearts (Instagram)

Session: Election Town Hall: What Happened and What’s Next? (Tuesday, November 17, 11am)

Milan BalintonMilan Balinton 

Executive Director, African American Community Service Agency (AACSA) (San Jose)
In overcoming a variety of challenges and rising to a leadership position, Milan has shaken up the community with his dynamic presence and has made AACSA into a valued asset within the African American community. AACSA operates a family resource center and a computer learning center, as well other social service and educational programs. During his early years, Milan was introduced to the NAACP by his grandmother who took him by the hand, urging him to "give back to the community, for many have sacrificed so that we could be free, and you must do the same." These words, which planted a continual reminder, were often what he re-visited and used to overcome the obstacles set before him along his endeavor. @mrnevergivup (Twitter)

Session: What Makes Nonprofits of Color Different? (Wednesday, November 18, 2:00pm)

Kim CarterKim Carter 

Founder/Ambassador, Time for Change Foundation (San Bernardino and Hayward)
Kim started Time for Change Foundation because she recognized the urgent need of recently incarcerated women for housing to allow them to reunite with their children. "Homeless women and children are not to be thrown away. There’s nothing that says you can’t have your children and rebuild your life at the same time." Time for Change now supports women with children through three emergency shelters, 10 units of permanent-supportive housing, and Phoenix Square, their first affordable housing development. Kim also started the Center for Advocacy and Leadership Training for social service agencies, nonprofits, law enforcement, and medical professionals. Her entrepreneurship, imagination, and heart have been recognized through many awards including the James Irvine Leadership Award, Businesswoman of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners, and the Unsung Hero Award from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Kim serves on the CalNonprofits board and the board of the Women's Foundation of California. @timeforchangefd (Twitter)

Session: Election Town Hall: What Happened and What’s Next? (Tuesday, November 17, 11am)

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)

Session: Insider Debrief: Campaigns for Yes on Prop 15, Yes on Prop 16, and No on Prop 20 (Tuesday, November 17, 2:00pm)

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)

Session: Election Town Hall: What Happened and What’s Next? (Tuesday, November 17, 11am)

Iris FluellenIris Fluellen

Capital Campaign Director, San Francisco-Marin Food Bank (San Francisco and Marin)
Iris is currently the director of a $40 million capital campaign at the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. Her remarkable career in major donor fundraising has included high-level development positions at the Public Policy Institute of California, the San Francisco Parks Alliance, the Alive and Free/Omega Boys Club, the Museum of the African Diaspora, and UC Berkeley.

Session: Debate! (Thursday, November 19, 2:00pm)

Geoff GreenGeoff Green 

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

Session: Debate! (Thursday, November 19, 2:00pm)

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: From Movements to Public Policy: Implementing Change in Communities (Wednesday, November 18, 11:00am)

Iimay HoIimay Ho (they/them)

Executive Director, Resource Generation (Washington, DC)
Resource Generation is a multiracial community of young people age 18-35 with access to class privilege and wealth committed to the equitable distribution of wealth, land, and power. Growing up with wealthy Chinese immigrant parents from Taiwan, Iimay is dedicated to dismantling the model minority myth and organizing young wealthy people for racial and economic justice. Iimay has been organizing at the intersection of LGBTQ, racial justice, and youth movements for over 10 years, and is also the Co-Chair of the board of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. @iimayho (Twitter)

Session: Debate! (Thursday, November 19, 2:00pm)

JoannaJacksonJoanna S. Jackson 

Vice President, Programs, Weingart Foundation (Los Angeles)
Joanna is responsible for the management of Weingart Foundation’s responsive grantmaking program and staff, as well as oversight of learning and assessment and strategic planning. Joanna joined the Foundation in 2008 as a program associate and most recently held the position of Director, Grant Operations. Prior to joining the Foundation, she accumulated more than a decade of experience in the nonprofit, philanthropic and public sectors, most recently serving at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Joanna holds a master’s degree in public administration from Baruch College, The City University of New York, where she was a National Urban Fellow, and received her bachelor’s degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Joanna lives in Mid-City Los Angeles with her husband and two children who are the joy of her life.

Session: What Makes Nonprofits of Color Different? (Wednesday, November 18, 2:00pm)

Kim KleinKim Klein 

Principal, Klein & Roth Consulting (Oakland)
Kim Klein’s journey to become a pioneer in teaching small nonprofits how to raise big money started in seminary where her field placement took her to one of the first domestic violence shelters in the country, La Casa de Las Madres, in San Francisco. Starting by asking churches and synagogues to support the shelter, Kim realized that the taboo in our culture about talking about money made it hard to ask for donations. As a development director at the Coalition for the Medical Rights of Women, Kim helped them decrease their dependence on foundation funding by building a successful individual donor program. Finding that very little information existed about how small grassroots social justice groups could raise money from their communities, she decided (in collaboration with Lisa Honig) to start a magazine, the Grassroots Fundraising Journal. Among several other books, Kim wrote Fundraising for Social Change, now in its Seventh Edition, in continuous print since 1985. She is a legend and a leader in the fields of fundraising and in tax policy. @kimkleincommons (Twitter)

Session: Debate! (Thursday, November 19, 2:00pm)

Vu LeVu Le (“voo lay”) (he/him)

Writer, NonprofitAF.com (Seattle)
Vu is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces, and the former Executive Director of RVC, a Seattle nonprofit that develops leaders of color, strengthens organizations led by communities of color, and fosters collaboration among diverse communities. Known for his no-BS approach and irreverent sense of humor, Vu also writes his enormously popular blog NonprofitAF.com, formerly nonprofitwithballs.com. @NonprofitAF (Twitter) and @nonprofitaf (Instagram)

Session: What Makes Nonprofits of Color Different? (Wednesday, November 18, 2:00pm)

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: State of the Nonprofit Sector (Tuesday, November 17, 11am)


JT McKellarJoseph Tomás McKellar

Co-Director, PICO California (Oakland, Sacramento, and Los Angeles)
Joseph Tomás McKellar is Co-Director of PICO California, the largest faith-based community organization in the state. He has played a leading role in strategy development and direction of the Schools & Communities First (Yes on Prop 15) campaign. Joseph's previous work includes the San Diego Organizing Project and the Orange County Congregation Community, Faith in New York's Equitable Rebuilding Campaign, and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Boston. In 2017, Joseph led PICO California’s organizing efforts to pass SB 54, The California Values Act, which became the country’s strongest sanctuary legislation protecting immigrant families from deportations and opening new pathways to rehabilitation for ex-offenders. Joseph was born in Whittier, California, and currently lives in Los Angeles. He is an avid marathon runner and placed 112th in the 2019 LA Marathon!

Session: Insider Debrief: Campaigns for Yes on Prop 15, Yes on Prop 16, and No on Prop 20 (Tuesday, November 17, 2:00pm)

Jessica NowlanJessica Nowlan (she/her)

Statewide Executive Director, Young Women’s Freedom Center (San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles)
Jessica is deeply committed to the liberation and freedom of cis and trans women and girls and gender non-conforming people. Jessica came up through the YWFC program, walking in the door in 1996 as a homeless mother of three escaping domestic violence and with a history of incarceration, and then developing into the Center’s first Deputy Director. Returning first as a board member and then agreeing to come on as the Executive Director in 2016, Jessica has grown YWFC from one to four sites and launched the Sister Warrior Freedom Coalition with twelve chapters. She was recently named a 2019–2021 Leading Edge Fellow for her work. Jessica is a Bay Area native and currently lives in Oakland with her youngest sons. @JessicaNowlan (Twitter) and @young_women_free (Instagram)

Session: From Movements to Public Policy: Implementing Change in Communities (Wednesday, November 18, 11:00am)

Jose RodriguezJose Rodriguez 

President and CEO, El Concilio of Stockton  
Jose started as a program coordinator with El Concilio of Stockton in 1994 and quickly moved through the ranks to become the President and CEO of the agency in 1996. Under his direction, the agency increased the operating budget from $1.5 million dollars to $13 million dollars per year, and now has more than 300 staff. El Concilio is not only a major anchor provider in the Central Valley, but a statewide leader in advocating for the Latino communities and for the Central Valley. Jose was recognized as the “Martin Luther King Person of the Year” by the Ministers and Community United Incorporated (MCUI), and received the Freedom Fighter Award from the San Joaquin County NAACP. He serves on the board of Visionary Home Builders, NCLR/UnidosUS, and CalNonprofits. @concilio_el (Twitter) and @el_concilio (Instagram)

Session: Election Town Hall: What Happened and What’s Next? (Tuesday, November 17, 11am)

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)

Shamus will kick off the Convention with the opening Welcome (Tuesday, November 17, 11am)

Diana ScearceDiana Scearce

Principal, Diana Scearce Consulting (San Francisco)
Diana Scearce is principal of Diana Scearce Consulting. Diana has dedicated her career to helping social change makers increase effectiveness and impact, in the U.S. and around the world. Diana’s consulting practice focuses on strategy, learning, and collaboration in service of a more just and equitable future. Her prior positions include director of learning and evaluation at the Skoll Global Threats Fund, director of evaluation and learning at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and director at the Monitor Institute. Diana has authored several articles on nonprofit and philanthropic practice, including, most recently, Resilience at Work: How Nonprofits Adapt to Disruption. How Funders Can Help. (S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, 2020). @dianascearce (Twitter)

Session: Resilience in Adversity: Personal and Organizational Strategies (Thursday, November 19, 11:00am)

Dan SeemanDan Seeman 

Partner, Grace Public Affairs (Sacramento)
Dan Seeman most recently served as deputy cabinet secretary to Governor Newsom where he advised on matters related to corrections, public safety, and criminal justice. With more than a decade in Sacramento policy and political experience, Dan served as deputy legislative secretary to Governor Jerry Brown, as legislative consultant to State Senator Mark Leno and as the legislative analyst at the California Air Resources Board (CARB) where he focused on climate issues. @DantweetsCA (Twitter)

Session: Insider Debrief: Campaigns for Yes on Prop 15, Yes on Prop 16, and No on Prop 20 (Tuesday, November 17, 2:00pm)

Latonya SlackLatonya Slack 

Principal, Slack Global Consulting (Los Angeles)
Latonya Slack is a consultant to nonprofits, philanthropy, and government as principal and founder of Slack Global Consulting. For seven years she served as the Senior Program Officer in the Los Angeles office of the James Irvine Foundation, and also served as board chair of Southern California Grantmakers. Prior to philanthropy, Latonya was executive director of the California Black Women's Health Project where she initiated the Black Women's Mental Health Project, urging actions by both clinicians and the media. A graduate of the UCLA School of Law, she has worked with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, SEIU (Service Employees International Union), and on the Youth Empowerment Project. She is a 2006 German Marshall Fund American Marshall Memorial Fellow and is currently a board member of the California Association of Nonprofits, CalNonprofits Insurance Services, and Forward Together.

Session: Resilience in Adversity: Personal and Organizational Strategies (Thursday, November 19, 11:00am)

Kad SmithKad Smith (he/him)

Project Director, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services (Oakland)
A native of Berkeley, Kad is a self-described “bay-destrian.” His family hails from Texas and across the southern United States. Kad is passionate about racial justice, prison reform, civic engagement, and the liberation of all marginalized people across the globe. Kad Smith is a project director with CompassPoint. In his time at CompassPoint Kad has specialized in program design and the facilitation of CompassPoint’s cohort leadership programs. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Berkeley's Ecology Center and has previously worked on the board of the Berkeley Community Fund (now called the Berkeley Community Scholars).

Session: Resilience in Adversity: Personal and Organizational Strategies (Thursday, November 19, 11:00am)

Dr Raphael SonensheinDr. Raphael J. Sonenshein

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: Election Town Hall: What Happened and What’s Next? (Tuesday, November 17, 11am)

Tamisha WalkerTamisha Walker (she/her)

Co-founder and Executive Director, Safe Return Project (Richmond)
Tamisha has ten years of community organizing experience in cities impacted by trauma, mass criminalization, and economic inequality. She was awarded the San Francisco Robert C. Kirkwood Leadership Award in 2017, and in 2018, she was awarded the Community Excellence award by The Black Elected Officials of the East Bay, for demonstrating excellence in her field and maintaining the highest standards of unity, ethical conduct, integrity, and civic and social responsibility. She received Contra Costa's Humanitarian of the Year award in 2019 and is currently a Rosenburg Foundations Leading Edge Fund fellow. Tamisha has been appointed to the following Contra Costa County boards: Racial Justice Oversight Body, Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, and the Contra Costa LEAD Antioch diversion initiative advisory committee.

Session: From Movements to Public Policy: Implementing Change in Communities (Wednesday, November 18, 11:00am)

Shirley WeberAssemblymember Dr. Shirley N. Weber, California’s 79th Assembly District

Assemblymember Shirley Nash Weber authored the 2020 bill in the State Assembly which evolved into Proposition 16, which would overturn California's ban on affirmative action programs. Instead, Proposition 16 would make it legal to enact laws, programs, and guidelines “to end and correct the effects of a specific form of discrimination" through "good-faith efforts ... to identify, select, and train potentially qualified minorities and women." Dr. Weber represents California's 79th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Bonita, Chula Vista, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City, and San Diego. She chairs the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Public Safety and serves as a member of the Assembly Standing Committees on Education, Higher Education, Elections, Budget, and Banking and Finance. Prior to being elected to the Assembly, she served as the mayor's appointee and Chair on the Citizens' Equal Opportunity Commission. Dr. Weber has also served on the school board and hosted a popular radio program, "It's a New Day with Dr. Shirley Weber." She has served on the boards of the NAACP, YWCA, YMCA Scholarship Committee, Battered Women Services, United Way, San Diego Consortium and Private Industry Council, and many more.

Session: Insider Debrief: Campaigns for Yes on Prop 15, Yes on Prop 16, and No on Prop 20 (Tuesday, November 17, 2:00pm)

 

 

 

 

 

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