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 for new additions.

Governor Gavin Newsom photoGovernor Gavin Newsom 

Gavin Newsom is the 40th Governor of California. He previously served as the Lieutenant Governor of California and Mayor of San Francisco. On a wide range of topics including same-sex marriage, gun safety, marijuana, the death penalty, universal health care, access to preschool, technology, criminal justice reform, and the minimum wage, Newsom has been been a leader, often resulting in sweeping changes when his policies were ultimately accepted and replicated across the state and nation. Newsom’s administration has been challenged by the ​​COVID-19 epidemic, wildfires, and the housing crisis, among other issues. His appearance at the CalNonprofits Policy Convention is a reflection of his appreciation for the important contributions of the nonprofit community to California's well-being.

Session: Keynote Address

AG Bonta (official photo)California Attorney General 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. Bonta is known for work 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 co-sponsored AB 488 (Irwin), a CalNonprofits-supported bill recently signed into law 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) 

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

Monique Limon photoSenator Monique Limón, CA Senate District 19
Chair, CA Senate Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector

Senator Monique Limón was elected to the Senate in November 2020 and represents the 19th Senate district that includes all of Santa Barbara County and over half of Ventura County, the same district where she was born and raised. Before the State Senate, Monique served four years in the State Assembly where she chaired the Banking and Finance Committee and was Vice Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus. As the founder and chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector, she authored the successful bill mandating a single state website where all state grant opportunities for nonprofits are posted and searchable, a site already visited by one million users. Now in the State Senate, she founded the Senate Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector; she has continued her strong involvement with nonprofits in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. A UC Berkeley graduate with a Masters degree from Columbia University, Monique served two terms on the Santa Barbara Unified School Board and as Assistant Director for the McNair Scholars Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara prior to serving in the Senate. Women’s issues are also a priority for Monique. As former Commissioner on the Santa Barbara County Commission for Women she helped connect private and public resources with women in the community.

Session: Opening Plenary: Wayfinding in the New Normal

Maricela Morales photoMaricela Morales
Executive Director, CAUSE (Coast Alliance for a Sustainable Economy); 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.

Session: Opening Plenary: Wayfinding in the New Normal

Chet Hewitt 75pxChet Hewitt

President and CEO, Sierra Health Foundation 

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 the Black Child Legacy Campaign and Equity on the Mall, a march for equity typically drawing more than 2,000 marchers. Last month Chet was honored by the National Academy of Public Administration for his many achievements including recent work on inequality related to the pandemic and vaccine availability. Chet also serves on the board of CalNonprofits.

Session: Opening Plenary: Wayfinding in the New Normal

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: Opening Plenary: Wayfinding in the New Normal

Daniel Zingale photoDaniel Zingale 

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

Senator Kamlager photoSenator Sydney Kamlager, CA Senate District 30 

Senator Sydney K. Kamlager represents the 30th Senate District, ranging from Century City to South Los Angeles and takes in Culver City, Cheviot Hills, Crenshaw District, USC, downtown L.A. and a portion of Inglewood. Elected to the California State Senate in the March 2021 special election, Senator Kamlager has spent her career prioritizing equity and access for Californians, especially for Angelenos. She has authored landmark legislation in the areas of criminal justice reform, health care equity, environmental protections, and affordable housing — including the most transformative probation reform law in the country and legislation requiring implicit bias training for healthcare professionals, law enforcement, and court employees. Prior to being elected to the California State Assembly in 2018, Kamlager served as District Director for California State Senator Holly J. Mitchell while also serving as President of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD). Senator Kamlager lives in View Park with her husband, Austin Dove, her two step-children, and their dog Kush and cat Kisi Whitepaws. Twitter: @sydneykamlager

Moderator: Translating Racial Justice Movements into Public Policy

Lucy CarterLucy Salcido Carter, MA, JD (she/her)
Public Policy Director, California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) 

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 photoJanay Eustace

Executive Director, California Youth Connection 

Janay is a dedicated advocate and speaker for child welfare reform. Her time in the foster care system led to her early involvement with CYC, where she has worked as a volunteer and held many other roles as well. Of her many accomplishments, Janay is particularly proud of helping to execute and implement the California Fostering Connections to Success Act (AB 12). Janay has worked for the California Welfare Directors Association (CWDA), collaborating closely with California’s county child welfare agencies in legislation. She has also worked as a Sacramento County Child Protective Services Social Worker, spending time at the California Department of Social Services gaining the State perspective as well. Janay graduated from Sacramento State University where she received a Master’s of Social Work. She has served as a clinical social worker in the Sacramento community and most recently worked at the Youth Law Center. Twitter: @CalYouthConn

Session: Translating Racial Justice Movements into Public Policy

Malcolm Yeung photo Malcolm Yeung

Executive Director, Chinatown Community Development Center 

Prior to his appointment as Executive Director for Chinatown Development Center in San Francisco in April of 2020, Malcolm served as the deputy director of programs and policy manager at Chinatown for 11 years. Malcolm holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University, a master’s degree in history from University of Colorado at Boulder and a J.D. degree from Berkeley Law. Malcolm first practiced in venture finance and patent litigation at Perkins Coie LLP and then O'Melveny and Meyers LLP before joining the Asian Law Caucus in 2003. He served in the Administration of San Francisco's First Asian American Mayor, the Honorable Edwin M. Lee, for one year to launch Mayor Lee's housing programs. Malcolm was former Co-Chair of the California Coalition on Civil Rights and President of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area. He currently serves on the Boards of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and API Council. Twitter: @chinatowncdc

Session: Translating Racial Justice Movements into Public Policy

Mar Velez photoMar Velez, MPH, MCP (she, her)

State Policy Senior Manager, Latino Coalition for a Healthy California

Mar Velez is State Policy Senior Manager at the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California. In her role, Mar leads LCHC’s policy agenda to address the social determinants of health, ensure healthcare access for California’s Latinx and vulnerable populations, and incorporate community voice in all policy initiatives. Mar’s expansive experience in advocacy, research, and local, state, and federal government provides her with unique insight to advance equity, justice, and accountability for public good. Previously, Mar was a Congressional Aide to Congresswoman Barbara Lee where she oversaw the criminal justice, Latinx, and women’s rights district issues portfolio. Mar holds a dual Master’s degree in Public Health and City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. As a daughter to immigrant parents from Mexico who has had to overcome systemic barriers, it is Mar’s passion to undo cycles that lead to negative life and health outcomes. Twitter: @_mar_mar and @LCHC_C

Session: Translating Racial Justice Movements into Public Policy

Jessica Meaney photoJessica Meaney (she/her)

Founder and Executive Director, Investing in Place

Jessica Meaney is committed to advocating for more inclusive decision-making processes and equitable resource allocation in Los Angeles public works and transportation funding. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Investing in Place, an organization committed to transportation investments that strengthen communities – particularly low-income communities and communities of color. Investing in Place addresses what Jessica saw as an unmet need for an organization that prioritized the needs and focused on improving the experience (safety, reliability) of mobility for those without access to a private vehicle. Investing in Place does this through policy research and advocacy, and by a communications effort to provide timely information and education on pending transportation policy and investments decisions in Los Angeles. Jessica has her Master of Arts in Sociology from California State University, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts from Prescott College in American Studies. Prior to Investing in Place, Jessica worked at the Safe Routes to School National Partnership as the Southern California Policy Director and Southern California Association of Governments as Regional Transportation Planner. Twitter: @jessica_meaney and @InvestinPlace

Session: Translating Racial Justice Movements into Public Policy

Marc Philpart photoMarc Philpart (he/him/his)

Managing Director, PolicyLink; Principal Coordinator, Alliance for Boys and Men of Color

Marc Philpart has been a leader in the boys and men of color field for nearly a decade. As the leader of the PolicyLink boys and men of color team, he provides technical assistance in support of My Brother’s Keeper communities, is a consultant for the Executives’ Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color, and is the principal coordinator for the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color – a national network focused on building community power and transforming policies and systems that harm boys and men of color. In his role at PolicyLink, Marc oversees the development of new, strategic PolicyLink partnerships and projects that contribute to the overall health and success of BMOC, their families, and communities. Marc serves on the board of directors for California Immigrant Policy Center and Partners for Dignity and Rights; is the Chair of the Essentials for Childhood (EfC) Initiative’s Equity Subcommittee; and is a member of the Advisory Committee for USC Equity Research Institute. Twitter: @AllianceforBMOC

Session: Translating Racial Justice Movements into Public Policy

Rusty Stahl photo Rusty Stahl

Founder, President & CEO, Fund the People

Rusty Stahl is Founder, President & CEO of Fund the People, which works to maximize investment in America’s nonprofit workforce. Rusty also hosts amazing guests on the Fund the People Podcast. Fund the People was launched in 2014 and is a project of Community Partners. Previously, Stahl was a Fellow in Residence at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. For 10 years, he served as founding Executive Director of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), where he helped build EPIP chapter communities in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Diego, and elsewhere around the country. Rusty was honored to start his career as a Program Associate at Ford Foundation. He holds an MA in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University.

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

Debbi Lerman photoDebbi Lerman

Director, Human Services Network of San Francisco

Debbi Lerman is the Director of the San Francisco Human Services Network, a public policy association of about 80 community-based nonprofit agencies addressing issues critical to the health and human services sector and the people they serve. She is the former Executive Director of the Seismic Retrofit Employment Consortium and the Toxics Coordinating Project, and has served in workforce development and for women in the construction industry. A member of the California Bar, Debbi is known for her ability both to dig into the deepest details and stay focused on the big strategies. She coordinated workforce development programs for low-income persons and women in the construction industry and spent fifteen years working with several environmental nonprofits. Debbi is a member of the California Bar. She holds a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.S. in Earth Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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

robert pascual 200pxRobert Pascual

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

Robert has been working in the nonprofit sector as a finance professional for almost 30 years in senior leadership and consultant roles. The organizations and government agencies with which he has worked span the fields of health services, housing, employment and training, environmental sustainability, technology, media arts, education, advocacy, organizing, and philanthropy and range in size from $100,000 to over $200 million operating budgets. He has been an instructor in nonprofit financial management through CompassPoint Nonprofit Services and at Cal State East Bay and has spoken on financial management topics at conferences and Bay Area universities. Robert’s background also includes over 10 years of management experience in the financial services industry, a BBA in Finance from the George Washington University, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Robert is known for groundedness in actual nonprofit finance practice and for his ability to explain complicated subjects. He lives in San Rafael and enjoys soccer, skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and music.

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

Jodi Kurata 500pxJodi Kurata
Executive Director, Association of Community Human Service Agencies (ACHSA)

Jodi serves as ACHSA’s Executive Director. Jodi came to ACHSA from Mental Health Advocacy Services (MHAS), where she was a staff attorney supervising an advocacy program to address grievances of youth detained in Los Angeles County juvenile halls. Before MHAS, Jodi worked for the Senior Law Project at Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach in San Francisco, and for the Children’s Rights Project at Public Counsel Law Center in Los Angeles. Currently Jodi co-chairs the Nonprofit/Philanthropy Working Group of the LA County Economic Resiliency Task Force, working on contracting and other issues.

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

Phil Ting 500pxPhil Ting, CA Assembly District 19

Phil Ting was elected to the State Assembly in 2012, representing the 19th Assembly District, which spans San Francisco and includes the communities of Daly City and others.Ting is one of the growing number of legislators who come from the nonprofit community; before serving as the San Francisco Assessor-Recorder, he was the executive director of the Asian Law Caucus. Ting currently serves as Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee after having served as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation, a position through which he has become an important leader in the state budget.

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

Jessica Bartholow photoJessica Bartholow

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

Jessica Bartholow (she/her) serves as Chief of Staff for the California Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee Chairwoman, Senator Nancy Skinner, and as such has an insider's view of the state budget process. Before joining the California Senate staff, she worked for over two decades as an anti-poverty organizer, activist, program director and policy advocate – having led some of the most transformational and cross-sectional anti-poverty campaigns in the state. Jessica serves on the Board of the National Diaper Bank Network and National Alliance for Period Supplies, on the steering Committee for the California Asset Building and as the Chair of the Safety-Net Committee of California's Lift Children Out of Poverty Workgroup which produced the first ever state-level plan to end child poverty. Her story of how growing up poor led her to her work as a leading anti-poverty advocate was shared in The Nation Magazine and Le Monde.

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

Eunisses Hernandez photoEunisses Hernandez

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

Eunisses Hernandez is Executive Director of La Defensa. A native of Los Angeles, Eunisses is a policy advocate and campaign strategist with nearly a decade of experience in working with communities most devastated by criminalization, the war on drugs, and mass incarceration. Most recently, she co-chaired the successful Measure J, a historic ballot initiative that will move millions of locally-generated tax revenue into community reinvestment and alternatives to incarceration. She has been a leader with JusticeLA, a coalition that was successful in stopping Los Angeles County's $3.5 billion jail plan. Eunisses has extensive experience in alternatives to incarceration, advancing successful budget advocacy campaigns around cannabis regulation, and reinvestment of jail construction dollars. Currently, she sits as the Chair of the Los Angeles Gender Responsive Advisory Committee and as a voting member of the Los Angeles County Measure J Advisory Committee. Twitter: ladefensx

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

Julie Baker photoJulie Baker

Executive Director, Californians for the Arts and California Arts Advocates

As Executive Director of California’s statewide arts advocacy organizations since 2018, Julie has dramatically increased the legislative clout and visibility of the arts and culture communities. By building coalitions across the for and nonprofit sectors of the creative industries, she and CFTA have successfully fought for millions of dollars for arts relief, arts stabilization, and the Creative Workforce Fund. She serves as the co-chair of the Western Arts Advocacy network for WESTAF and California State Captain to Americans for the Arts. She is on the board of California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project. Julie is the recipient of the 2021 Americans for the Arts Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award. Julie has owned a fine arts gallery for emerging artists, co-founded an art fair, operated a consulting firm, and curated an annual music series at a museum.

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

Dan Geiger photoDan Geiger

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

Dan Geiger is the Program Manager of the Contra Costa Budget Justice Coalition, which promotes budget transparency and values-based budgeting. He is also the Director of the Human Services Alliance of Contra Costa. These twin efforts represent a model of county-based nonprofit advocacy. Dan is Principal of Dan Geiger Consulting, and was previously Executive Director of the Northern California Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, Executive Director of, and founding CEO of OpNet, a youth employment development organization. Dan is on the Boards of the ACLU-Northern California and the Insight Garden Program, where he also volunteers at San Quentin prison.

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

Jennifer FearingJennifer Fearing (she/her)

Principal, Fearless Advocacy 

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 

Shamus is a "housing activist's housing activist," advancing housing justice for poor people and communities. 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 is the immediate past chair of the CalNonprofits board. @ShamusRoller (Twitter)

Session: Every Nonprofit is a Climate Nonprofit

Veronica Gonzalez photoVeronica Garibay-Gonzalez

Co-Executive Director, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability

As co-founder and co-director of Leadership Counsel, Veronica Garibay leads the work advocating for equal access to opportunity for all Californians. Leadership Counsel is a leader in uniting climate/environmental issues with economic issues. Prior to her work with the Counsel, Veronica served as the first community worker for the California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.’s Community Equity Initiative.Veronica immigrated from Michoacan, Mexico, at a young age with her family, and grew up in the small farmworker city of Parlier in Fresno County. As a first-generation college student, Veronica attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, and she holds a Master of Public Administration from Fresno State. Twitter: @vgaribay19 @LCJandA

Session: Every Nonprofit is a Climate Nonprofit

Lauren Sanchez 200pxLauren Sanchez

Senior Advisor for Climate, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

Lauren Sanchez was appointed Senior Advisor for Climate in the Office of the Governor in 2021. She also serves as Senior Advisor for the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate in the Biden-Harris Administration since 2021. She was Deputy Secretary for Climate Policy and Intergovernmental Relations at the California Environmental Protection Agency from 2019 to 2021 and International Policy Director at the California Air Resources Board from 2018 to 2019. Lauren was a Climate Negotiator at the U.S. Department of State from 2015 to 2017, serving on the Paris Agreement negotiation team. She is a Fulbright Scholar and earned a Master of Science degree from Yale University. Twitter: @lsanchez020 @CAgovernor

Session: Every Nonprofit is a Climate Nonprofit

Katrice Lee photoKatrice Lee

Senior Director of Development and Grants, San Diego Natural History Museum

Katrice Lee has been a nonprofit fundraiser for nearly 20 years and has been with the San Diego Natural History Museum since 2014. She secures funding from government agencies and private foundations for scientific research and public engagement related to biodiversity conservation in southern California and the Baja California Peninsula of Mexico. Prior to her current role, she worked with UC San Diego and Northwestern University. Katrice also volunteers with the California Association of Museums, serving as a board member and co-chair of its Government Relations committee to advocate on behalf of all museums in the state. She is a graduate of Spelman College and DePaul University.

Session: Every Nonprofit is a Climate Nonprofit

Geoff GreenGeoff Green 

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

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!

Buffy Wicks photoAssemblymember Buffy Wicks, CA Assembly District 15

Assemblymember Buffy Wicks represents the East Bay in the California State Assembly. Elected in 2018 and re-elected in 2020, her district spans the communities of Oakland to Richmond, and includes the City of Berkeley.Asm. Wicks’ work in the Assembly focuses on housing, expanding the social safety net, protecting consumers’ privacy, and championing the rights of women and working families. Governor Gavin Newsom signed eight of her bills in her first year in office, and despite the challenges brought on by the COVID pandemic, signed seven of her bills into law in 2020. A lifelong community organizer, Asm. Wicks previously served on both of President Barack Obama’s campaigns, and worked for him in the White House. She lives in Oakland with her husband, Peter, and daughters, Jojo and Elly. Twitter: @BuffyWicks

Session: Debate 2021; PRO

Pete Manzo photoPete Manzo
President & CEO of United Ways of California

Pete Manzo is President & CEO of United Ways of California, which focuses on improving health, education and financial results for low-income children and families. Previously, Pete was Director of Strategic Initiatives for The Advancement Project, a civil rights “action tank”; Executive Director and General Counsel of the Center for Nonprofit Management; and Directing Attorney of Community Development Programs for Public Counsel. Pete is a graduate of Boalt School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley; he also is a graduate of the London School of Economics. @pmanzo @UnitedWaysCA

Session: Debate 2021; PRO

Michelle Decker photoMichelle Decker

CEO, Inland Empire Community Foundation

Michelle Decker is the President and CEO of the Inland Empire Community Foundation serving San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. The Foundation makes grants to nonprofits and scholarship recipients both through its General Fund and donor-advised funds. Michelle has held leadership positions in nonprofits for over 27 years, with a focus on community economic development, community development, and sustainability. She has also specialized in building or re-building nonprofit organizations at the local level in both urban and rural communities. Prior to joining the Foundation, Michelle was the CEO of Rural Action, a membership based community development corporation in Appalachian, Ohio, working to build a more just economy through leadership development, social enterprises and environmental restoration. Before working in Appalachian Ohio, Michelle ran Southeast Community Development Corporation in Baltimore City and helped re-build the state’s community development trade association there.

Session: Debate 2021; CON

Jon Pratt 600pxJon Pratt

Former Executive Director, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Jon Pratt recently retired as Executive Director of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN), having founded the organization in 1987. In that role Jon has emerged as a leading voice for community nonprofits in the national nonprofit dialog, writing influential articles and serving on national bodies. Prior to MCN, Jon worked at Minnesota Public Interest Research Group as an attorney and lobbyist, regional director at the Youth Project, director for the Philanthropy Project, and campaign manager for Paul Wellstone’s candidacy for Minnesota State Auditor in 1982. He is the author/co-author of six books and dozens of articles and research reports, and he has consulted with non-governmental organizations on the development of NGO associations around the world. Jon has a law degree from Antioch School of Law, and an M.P.A. from Harvard University.

Tuck and Patti

2013 White 72

For 43 years, this unique, genre-crossing vocal/guitar jazz duo has cast its passionate musical spell worldwide, capturing the hearts of lovers, the respect of jazz buffs and the jaw-dropping awe of guitarists and singers. Their recording career took off with 1988's groundbreaking Tears of Joy. Now, 13 albums later, they have toured the world incessantly as a duo, appearing at times alongside Miles Davis, Count Basie, George Benson, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and many others. They have long been regarded by musicians and critics as the standard for an improvising musical duo. Their music spans Duke Ellington, the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix--rock, pop, jazz, gospel, blues, folk, world and classical--classics and originals, but inevitably finally just sounds like Tuck & Patti. Transcending categorization, Tuck & Patti are known for individual virtuosity in service of the greater goal of expressing love, hope and gratitude through their musical collaboration. Married 40 years, Tuck Andress and Patti Cathcart continue to stoke the fires, not only of their own love, but also of their love of life and their passion for making music together. When they're not touring or recording, they teach as well as produce, record and mix other artists in their Menlo Park studio, part of their mission to use their expertise to help others realize their own dreams.



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