China Ching, The Christensen Fund

TITLE: Director of Grantmaking

FUNDING AREAS: Bay Area, indigenous rights and representation

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PROFILE: China Ching serves as director of grantmaking for the Christensen Fund, where her official bio shares:

Bessie Dvora China Leipakumakaniokalani Ching (China Ching) is the Director of Grantmaking for the Christensen Fund, with oversight over the Program Officer and Grants Management teams. In this leadership role China works to enhance the quality and impact of our grantmaking while strengthening Christensen’s efforts to effectively evaluate and communicate our programmatic outcomes and learning.

China was named according to Hawaiian and Jewish traditions and is honored to carry names from the matrilineal lines of both her parents. She has provided capacity-building assistance to Indigenous communities across the United States and in Africa with a particular focus on using media technologies and storytelling to promote social and community change and to complement cultural documentation and preservation.  China was a founding member of Third World Majority, a new media training and production resource center where she was the Director of Circle of Voices, a Native-specific training program.  She spent four years at the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center where she developed a national anti HIV-stigma campaign and authored a media production-based HIV prevention curriculum for Native American and Native Hawaiian teens. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Hispanic Studies from Connecticut College and her Master’s Degree in Oral History from Columbia University.

China is a proud (and fierce) aunty and godmother and blessed to be the daughter and granddaughter of artists.

Jeffrey Seungkyu Kim, The California Wellness Foundation

TITLE: Program Director

FUNDING AREAS: Health in aging, mental health and health care in traditionally underserved communities

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PROFILE: Jeffrey Seungkyu Kim is program director of The California Wellness Foundation, where his official bio shares:

Jeffrey S. Kim is a program director at The California Wellness Foundation where he currently manages grantmaking related to improving oral health care for low-income adults and seniors, and increasing educational opportunities for resilient youth. His responsibilities include reviewing letters of interest, requesting and evaluating grant proposals, conducting site visits, making funding recommendations and monitoring active grants.

Prior to joining Cal Wellness in April 2005, Kim was associate director of development for the National Conference for Community and Justice – Los Angeles Region. Before that, he worked for the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center as deputy director for the legal services department.

Kim was appointed by the speaker of the California State Assembly to the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs and currently is the commission’s treasurer. Previously, he served on the board of directors of Grantmakers In Aging. Kim is a member of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and formerly served on the steering committee of its Los Angeles chapter.

A member of the State Bar of California, Kim earned his law degree from the University of Michigan and his bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale University.

Crystal Crawford, The California Wellness Foundation

TITLE: Program Director

FUNDING AREAS: Diversity in healthcare, women's health

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PROFILE: Crystal Crawford serves as program director for The California Wellness Foundation, where her official bio shares:

Crystal D. Crawford is a program director at The California Wellness Foundation where she currently manages grantmaking related to diversity in the health professions; women of color at risk for, or living with, HIV, AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections; and employment for women who have been incarcerated. Her responsibilities include reviewing letters of interest, requesting and evaluating grant proposals, conducting site visits, making funding recommendations and monitoring active grants.

Prior to joining Cal Wellness in August 2012, Crawford was CEO of the California Black Women’s Health Project (CABWHP), the only statewide organization solely devoted to improving the health of California’s black women and girls through policy, advocacy, education and outreach. Prior to her role as CEO, she was CABWHP’s director of public policy. Before working in the nonprofit, public interest sector, Crawford was a litigation associate with nationally renowned corporate law firms in Los Angeles, Boston and New York, as well as a public school teacher.

Crawford is actively involved in the leadership of numerous civic and community organizations. She serves as vice chairperson of the Los Angeles County Public Health Commission and as a member of the Women’s Health Policy Council for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Office of Women’s Health. She served on the executive committee of the Women’s Health Council of the statewide Office of Women’s Health (OWH) until its elimination in July 2012. She serves on the board of the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy at Dartmouth, which provides students with public policy and leadership development, academic instruction, training opportunities and internships. She is also an officer of her church in Inglewood, where she directs the provision of $50,000 annually in college scholarships to youth and young adults in South Los Angeles. In 1997, she founded and continues to direct College Conquerors, her church’s undergraduate pipeline program that provides youth with college preparation and counseling services. She previously served on the boards of the Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth College, Health Access California and SisterSong and on the advisory council for the California Breast Cancer Research Program.

Crawford is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2009 Advocates’ Award from the Western Center on Law and Poverty and the 2012 PowerPAC Award from the Los Angeles African American Women’s Political Action Committee.

Originally from Harlem, New York, Crawford earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Dartmouth College and law degree from New York University School of Law. She is admitted to the bar in California, New York and New Jersey.

Sandra J. Martínez, The California Wellness Foundation

TITLE: Director of Public Policy

FUNDING AREAS: Public policy in healthcare

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PROFILE: Sandra J. Martínez serves as director of public policy at The California Wellness Foundation, where her official bio shares:

Sandra J. Martínez is director of public policy at The California Wellness Foundation. In this capacity, she plans, coordinates and oversees Cal Wellness’ public policy activities as a means of advancing its mission, achieving its goals and amplifying the impact of its grantmaking. She is responsible for grantmaking related to advancing public policy, which addresses health issues from a systemic perspective and supports efforts focused on improving policies or conditions using activities such as education, advocacy, civic engagement and policy analysis.

Martínez joined Cal Wellness as a program director in January 2002 and became the director of public policy in 2011. Previously, Martínez directed the Progressive Los Angeles Network and directed other community-organizing efforts at the Community Coalition in South Los Angeles. She has also conducted extensive research on health-related issues such as the effects of the AIDS epidemic on teens, co-authoring a chapter of “The AIDS Challenge: Prevention Education for Young People” and “The Los Angeles County Adolescent HIV Strategic Plan.”

Currently she serves on the advisory board for the California Health Interview Survey and on the board of directors for the Los Angeles Trade Tech College Foundation. In 2010, she was a fellow in the inaugural class of Grantmakers In Health’s Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy, and also completed a four-year term as a commissioner for the city of Los Angeles’ Commission for Children, Youth and Their Families (2006 to 2010). She is a past community-funding board member for the Liberty Hill Seed Fund; past president of the board of the Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles; and a former board member of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Women and Youth Supporting Each Other, and the California Child, Youth and Family Coalition.

She received her bachelor’s degree from UCLA and her master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Susan Harvey, S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

TITLE: Program Director, Education

FUNDING AREAS: K-8 STEM education

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PROFILE: Susan Harvey is a program director of education at the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. Her foundation bio shares:

Susan joined the Foundation in 1999, and she oversees grantmaking in the Education Program. As program director, Susan directs strategy and manages program staff and investments to advance STEM teaching and learning in regions throughout California, and Character development in the U.S. Before joining the Foundation, Susan worked as a software engineer, both at Qusim Systems, Inc. and at Electronic Data Systems Corporation, where she managed the development, implementation, and maintenance of multiple complex systems. She has also worked as a data processing training specialist for the Bank of California and as a practice analyst at Alta Bates Medical Research. Susan is actively involved in local community organizations, and she is a co-founder of The Lake School, a nonprofit preschool located in Oakland. She has also served on the Boards of The College Preparatory School and the Alta Bates Summit Foundation. Susan graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Religion with a minor in Geography.

Allison Harvey Turner, S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

TITLE: Program Director, Environment

FUNDING AREAS: Environment, water conservation, sustainable water management, land conservation in California

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PROFILE: Allison Harvey Turner serves as a program director at the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, where her focus is the environment. Her foundation bio shares:

Allison joined the Foundation in 2003, and she oversees the Foundation’s Environment Program. Allison directs strategy, and manages program staff and grantmaking to advance water management and land stewardship in California. In this role, she develops efforts to support effective programs, build strong partnerships, and develop organizational capacity. Before moving into the role of Program Director, Allison led the development and implementation of the Foundation’s water and migratory bird strategies. Allison serves on the Board for Audubon California and the Advisory Board for Sustainable Conservation. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Lauren B. Dachs, S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

TITLE: President and Vice Chair

FUNDING AREAS: STEM education, environment, health, character development, and citizenship

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PROFILE: Lauren B. Dachs serves as president and vice chair of the board at S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. Her foundation bio shares:

Lauren is vice chair of the Board of Directors and president of the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. In addition to her leadership of the Foundation and Stephen Bechtel Fund, Lauren serves on the Board of Directors for the Water Foundation and on the advisory council to Public Policy Institute of California’s Water Policy Center. In the recent past, she served on the Board of Directors of the Land Trust Alliance and on the advisory council of Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment.

Lauren has been an advisor or board member for many environment, education, and health organizations, including Stanford University, The Nature Conservancy of California, Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland, Head Royce School, The Thacher School, Lawrence Hall of Science, and the Center for Underrepresented Students in the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also a founder of The Lake School, a nonprofit preschool located in Oakland. Lauren graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, and she is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Shirin Vakharia, Marin Community Foundation

TITLE: Program Director

FUNDING AREAS: Health and Aging

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PROFILE: Ms. Vakharia shared the following bio:

Shirin Vakharia current serves as a program director for Health and Aging at the Marin
Community Foundation in Novato, California. In this role she oversees a $2.7 million portfolio
and is responsible for grantmaking strategy for four initiatives.

Prior to joining the foundation, Ms. Vakharia worked for Napa County Health and Human
Services Agency as the Prevention Coordinator. In this role she planned and oversaw county
and provider operated substance abuse prevention, tobacco control, HIV and mental health
programs.

She has a Masters of Arts in Community Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from
the University of Cincinnati.

Thomas Peters, Marin Community Foundation

TITLE: President and CEO

FUNDING AREAS: Education, affordable housing, poverty, health

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PROFILE: Thomas Peters serves as the president and CEO of the Marin Community Foundation, where his official bio shares:

Combining his clinical and philanthropic careers, Dr. Peters is in his twentieth year as MCF’s President & CEO. Heading one of the largest community foundations in the country, he is a leading national voice for community philanthropy, advocating and facilitating the dedication of private resources for the public good. During these years, he has served in state and national leadership positions in the field, and written on a broad range of issues. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Peters had a 24-year career as a county public health official. He served in the San Francisco Department of Public Health from 1974-1990, including eight years as Chief of Staff, and was Director of the Marin County Health & Human Services Department from 1991-1998. He received his doctorate from the University of Minnesota, and for three years was a Fellow of the National Institutes of Health.

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John Bracken, Knight Foundation

TITLE: Vice President, Technology Innovation

FUNDING AREAS: Journalism, media

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PROFILE: John Bracken serves as vice president of technology innovation at the Knight Foundation, where his official bio shares:

John Bracken joined Knight Foundation in June 2010.

Bracken is vice president of the Technology Innovation Program, which funds projects that improve the creation, sharing and use of information essential to communities. He supervises the Knight News Challenge and the Knight Prototype Fund.

Bracken has 15 years of experience as a philanthropic investor in digital media, media policy and innovation, having previously worked at the Ford Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He serves on the board of the Illinois Humanities Council.

Bracken earned a master’s degree from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif.

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Matt Foreman, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

TITLE: Senior Program Director, Gay and Lesbian Rights

FUNDING AREAS: LGBT rights, immigration

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PROFILE: Matt Foreman serves as senior program director of gay and lesbian rights at the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, where his official bio shares:

Matt is a nationally recognized LGBT rights leader with a diverse background in political advocacy and civil rights. He joined the Fund in 2008 to oversee its gay-lesbian-rights and immigrant rights programs. Under Matt’s leadership, the Fund played a critical role in advancing marriage equality across the country by supporting public education, research, litigation, and community organizing. Matt served as co-chair of the Civil Marriage Collaborative, a partnership of key marriage equality funders.

Matt also has overseen the Fund’s work to build bridges between gay and immigrant communities and to study and test ways to increase individual giving to LGBT organizations.

Before joining the Fund, Matt was executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Under his leadership, the Task Force’s budget and staff more than doubled, and it reestablished itself as a leading voice for LGBT rights in the nation’s capital.

Matt also served as executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda and the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project. While working at the Pride Agenda, he led campaigns that resulted in enactment of a statewide gay rights law, a hate crimes law, and laws extending equal benefits to the surviving partners of those killed on 9/11. Matt’s leadership also was instrumental in securing $15 million for LGBT health and human services in New York State. During Matt’s tenure at the Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, the organization focused the city’s attention on anti-gay violence, resulting in important changes in police training, deployment and responsiveness.

Prior to his work in gay and lesbian rights, Matt was involved in prison policy and administration. A graduate of the New York University School of Law, Matt is a founder of Heritage of Pride, which organizes New York City’s annual LGBT pride events, and a former member of the New York City Human Rights Commission.

Nancy Lee, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

TITLE: Senior Advisor, Special Initiatives

FUNDING AREAS: Early childhood education and community college student success

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PROFILE: Nancy Lee serves as senior advisor of special initiatives at the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, where his official bio shares:

Nancy co-manages special initiatives grants of particular significance to the Fund’s founders and trustees, including the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund. She also works closely with the Fund’s program staff in other grantmaking areas.  

Nancy first joined the Fund in 1996 as a program consultant. She has held a range of positions over the years at the Fund, including Senior Program Officer for the Education Equity program. She has 30 years of experience working to improve the lives of low-income children, youth and their families. 

Most recently, Nancy helped shape the funding strategy and managed an annual $3M education and workforce development grantmaking portfolio for the Marcled Foundation.  She has worked with a variety of other private and public funders deeply involved in these issues, including San Francisco Foundation, Levi Strauss Foundation, Packard Foundation, and the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and their Families. She also has extensive experience in public policy and organizing, including serving as an aide to then-California Assemblyman John Burton.

Nancy’s many career achievements include: developing and overseeing programs providing sports opportunities to more than 30,000 young people in the Bay Area as director of programs and grantmaking for Coaching Corps; creating a nationally recognized welfare reform program in Oakland for the Clorox Co. Foundation; and developing the community outreach strategy for the implementation of a successful early childhood initiative in Alameda County.

A former Coro Fellow, Nancy has served on the Alameda County Human Relations Commission and was a board member of the United Way of the East Bay.  Nancy has a master’s degree in social work from San Francisco State University.

Cathy Cha, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

TITLE: Vice President of Programs

FUNDING AREAS: Immigration rights and reform, civic participation

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PROFILE: Cathy Cha serves as vice president of programs at the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, where her official bio shares:

As vice president of programs, Cathy oversees the Haas, Jr. Fund’s grantmaking and development of strategy for all its programs. Cathy’s work is driven by a career-long commitment to social justice and improving the lives of marginalized families and children. 

Cathy joined the Haas, Jr. Fund as a program officer in 2004. After working in the Fund’s family self-sufficiency and neighborhood development program areas, she led its Immigrant Rights and Integration program starting in 2009. In that position, Cathy managed the Fund’s grantmaking in support of efforts to increase immigrant civic participation, improve the climate for immigration policy reforms in California, and support public education for federal immigration reform. Cathy’s focus on alliance-building and collaboration helped strengthen the immigrant rights movement in California, leading to key policy wins such as scholarships for Dreamers, groundbreaking enforcement reforms, driver’s licenses for undocumented residents, and healthcare coverage for undocumented children. Cathy was instrumental in creating a new position in the Governor’s Office focused on immigrant integration.

Cathy is a leader in numerous funder collaboratives. She manages the work of California Civic Participation Funders, which is increasing voting and community organizing among disenfranchised populations in four regions of the state. In 2011, Cathy worked with the Carnegie, Knight and Grove foundations to start the New Americans Campaign, which has to date assisted more than 240,000 legal permanent residents to become U.S. citizens. In 2015, Cathy led efforts to create the African American Civic Engagement Project, an alliance of community leaders, funders and local groups across California that is working to increase voice and voter participation in Black communities.

Before joining the Haas, Jr. Fund, Cathy was a program officer at the Hyams Foundation in Boston. While working there, she helped establish the Home Funders initiative, which continues to unite Massachusetts funders in support of efforts to reduce family homelessness. Earlier in her career, Cathy developed affordable housing with the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation in San Francisco. She also worked at the United Way of King County in Seattle, where she managed a grantmaking portfolio focused on strengthening safety net supports for low-income families and children. 

Cathy serves on the board of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) and was previously its co-chair. She is on the steering committee for the Four Freedoms Fund, a national collaborative of funders focused on immigration issues. Previously, she’s served on the boards of Chinatown Community Development Center, Asian Pacific Environmental Network and Somerville Community Development Corporation.

Cathy is a frequent public speaker on civic participation, immigration policy, and the catalytic role of philanthropy in advancing social change. She received the Leader in Action Award from Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) in 2015, and the Immigrant Integration and Inspiration Award from the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles in 2014. 

Cathy has a master’s degree in city and regional planning from UC Berkeley. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Washington in Seattle.