Emmett Carson, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

TITLE: CEO and President

FUNDING AREAS: Education, arts, and the environment

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

PROFILE: Emmett D. Carson, PhD, founded the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) in 2006, merging two of the largest community foundations in the world to do so. SVCF has $3 billion in assets, and Carson now oversees its work with donors and corporations while managing funds well. He continues to be the Bay Area's largest grantmaker—and the largest international grantmaker among community foundations in the United States.

His foundation bio shares: 

Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D., is the founding CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation and led the unprecedented merger of the two community foundations that created it. In the process, he has pioneered a new, 21st century community foundation model in which individuals and corporations can pursue their philanthropic dreams in Silicon Valley, across the nation and around the world. This new approach to giving explains SVCF’s remarkable growth in assets under management from $1.7 billion in 2007 to over $13.5 billion by the end of 2017. It also accounts for the inspiring generosity of SVCF’s donors, who have provided $5.6 billion in philanthropic capital to nonprofit organizations since 2007.

Before SVCF, Emmett had a distinguished 12-year career as CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation and, prior to that, was the first leader of the Ford Foundation’s U.S. and global grantmaking program on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. An international thought leader in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, he has published more than 100 works on philanthropy and is an authority on issues of social justice, public accountability and African American giving. He has been recognized by the Nonprofit Times as one of the most influential nonprofit leaders in the U.S. more times than any other person. Emmett is the recipient of honorary degrees from Indiana University, Morehouse College, Becker College and The National Hispanic University. He received both his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in public and international affairs from Princeton University and his bachelor’s degree in economics, Phi Beta Kappa, from Morehouse College.

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Rosemary Veniegas, California Community Foundation

TITLE: Senior Program Officer, Health Care

FUNDING AREAS: Community health care facilities, advocacy, and regional health care programs and alliances

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

PROFILE: Rosemary Veniegas joined the California Community Foundation (CCF) team in 2012 as the group's healthcare program officer, helping to expand quality health care for L.A.'s low-income communities. Her foundation bio shares: 

Rosemary Veniegas is the senior program officer for health. Before joining CCF in 2012, she was an Assistant Research Psychologist with the Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine in the UCLA Department of Family Medicine. Her work addressed the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based programs and practices in community and public health settings. She is currently a commissioner with the LA County Hospital and Health Care Delivery Commission representing Supervisorial District 1. Veniegas received a Ph.D. in psychology from UCLA.

Gina Dalma, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

TITLE: Special Advisor to the CEO and Vice President of Government Relations

FUNDING AREAS: Education

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PROFILE: Gina Dalma has long been active in Silicon Valley education grantmaking. Before joining Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) as program officer in 2008, she was director of innovation at the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. Her foundation bio shares: 

In her role as special advisor to the CEO and vice president of government relations, Gina D. Dalma is responsible for leading SVCF’s ongoing lobbying efforts in Sacramento and its emerging efforts in Washington, D.C. SVCF’s California lobbying work is currently centered around education, affordable housing, immigration and economic security; in Washington, D.C., SVCF hopes to be a leading voice on topics that have the potential to advance the philanthropic sector.

Gina was pivotal in the passage of the California Mathematics Placement Act of 2015, signed into law by Gov. Brown on Oct. 5, 2015, and sponsored by Silicon Valley Community Foundation. She serves as a member of the California Department of Education’s STEM Taskforce Advisory Committee, is a member of the National Common Core Funders Steering Committee and an Advisory Board Member of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation.

Prior to her promotion to special advisor in 2015, Gina was SVCF’s director of grantmaking. In that role, she led the grantmaking team in using a diverse set of tools, including strategic investments, to solve our region’s most challenging problems. She also led SVCF’s education grantmaking strategy, as well as the Silicon Valley Common Core Initiative.

Prior to joining SVCF, Gina was director of innovation at the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. Before moving to the United States, Gina held several positions related to urban economic development and regulatory economics in the federal and state public sector in Mexico.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from ITAM in Mexico City, a Master of Science in economics from the University of London and a Master of Arts in international policy studies from Stanford University. She resides in Palo Alto with her husband and children. Gina's personal interests include art, yoga and traveling. Follow her on Twitter at @ginadalma.

Nike Irvin, California Community Foundation

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Lynda Resnick, Resnick Family Foundation

TITLE: Co-President

FUNDING AREAS: Art, education, health, environment

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

PROFILE: Lynda Resnick is the co-president, alongside her husband Stewart Resnick, of the Resnick Family Foundation. While her foundation doesn't publish her official bio, a recent Aspen Institute bio shares:

Lynda Resnick is vice chair and co-owner, along with her husband Stewart Resnick, of The Wonderful Company. This privately held, Los Angeles-based multi-billion dollar global company is dedicated to harvesting health and happiness around the world through its iconic brands, bringing consumers everywhere the freshest, highest quality pistachios, almonds, citrus and pomegranates; bottling the finest water and wines; and creating colorful floral arrangements that truly touch the heart.

From the orchard to family dinner tables, The Wonderful Company’s vertically integrated business model ensures the highest standard of quality, integrity and consumer satisfaction across all its brands. As a result, every year, nearly half of all American households purchase The Wonderful Company’s products, which is a reflection of the husband-and-wife team’s deep commitment to inspiring healthier choices by growing wholesome foods that nourish naturally. This long-standing commitment is evident in their market share, with Wonderful Pistachios, Wonderful Halos, POM Wonderful, FIJI Water, Teleflora and JUSTIN Wine all ranking #1 in their respective categories.

Mrs. Resnick runs worldwide marketing and product development for The Wonderful Company and all of its brands, and she is renowned as the creative spirit behind such innovative and inspiring campaigns as Teleflora’s successful “Flowers in a Gift”; for making POM Wonderful, the antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice, a national sensation; and for producing the iconic Wonderful Pistachios commercials. She also authored the best-selling book on marketing, Rubies in the Orchard.

In 2015, she ranked #11 among Forbes’ inaugural Top 50 Most Successful Self-Made Women in America, and in 2012, she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by New York’s prestigious Bard College.

Central to Mrs. Resnick’s successful approach is “doing well by doing good,” a core value that places tremendous importance on corporate social responsibility. Under her personal supervision, The Wonderful Company continues its rich heritage of giving back, especially in the communities in which its employees live and work, specifically California’s Central Valley and the island nation of Fiji. Through the generosity of the Resnicks and The Wonderful Company, an average of $40 million or more is contributed annually, which is largely directed toward ongoing community development efforts; a new comprehensive employee health and wellness program, featuring two fully staffed health clinics; and robust educational initiatives ranging from scholarships, school grants, two preschools, art programs and summer schools to the acclaimed Wonderful Agriculture Career Prep program and Wonderful College Prep Academy, a Central Valley charter school established by the Resnicks in 2009. To date, the couple’s varied educational programs have already enriched the lives of more than 60,000 Central Valley youth.

Mrs. Resnick’s extensive philanthropic interests and activities extend beyond The Wonderful Company, including her role as a major donor to and board of trustees vice chair of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; an executive board member of The Aspen Institute board of trustees; a member of the Milken Foundation executive board; and a board member emeritus for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others.

Mrs. Resnick is a proud parent of five and grandparent of four, and she calls Beverly Hills and Aspen home.

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Jeffrey Seungkyu Kim, The California Wellness Foundation

TITLE: Program Director

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

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

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

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

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

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

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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Martha Karsh, Karsh Family Foundation

TITLE: Trustee

FUNDING AREAS: Education, human services, Jewish concerns

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

PROFILE: Martha Karsh, alongside her husband Bruce, serves as trustee of the Karsh Family Foundation. She's also a supporter of the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), which shares the following bio:

Martha L. Karsh, an attorney, has practiced law, formed an architecture/design/development firm and done extensive non-profit work.

In 1998, Martha co-founded the Karsh Family Foundation, focusing primarily on supporting education.  To date, the Karsh family and their Foundation have made gifts and pledges of over $175 million to support scholarship and education at all levels. Their largest gifts have been for need-based financial aid at Duke, Penn, Brown, Spelman, and Virginia Law School, as well as for KIPP and Teach for America in K-12. Martha chairs KIPP LA’s 2020 growth campaign, and recently named and dedicated a two-school KIPP Campus in East LA and a community outreach center at Wilshire Boulevard Temple providing a food, dental, vision, legal, and mental health services. She also serves on the Board of LA 2024, Los Angeles’ Olympic committee, and is a Trustee Emerita of the University of Virginia Law School Foundation.

In September 2016, The Beatles A Hard Day’s Night: A Private Archive, a book created and edited by Martha, was published by Phaidon Press.

Martha graduated from Virginia Law School (1981) and the University of Virginia (1978); she and Bruce Karsh married in 1980, and together they have raised three children.

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

TITLE: Program Director, Education

FUNDING AREAS: K-8 STEM education

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

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

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

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

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

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.

Joanne Heyler, The Broad Art Foundation

TITLE: Director/Chief Curator

FUNDING AREAS: Fine art, visual arts

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PROFILE: Joanne Heyler serves as the director and chief curator of The Broad Art Foundation, which shares this official bio:

Joanne Heyler is founding director of The Broad, a contemporary art museum built by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad in downtown Los Angeles. She has curated the Broad collection and directed The Broad Art Foundation’s “lending library” program since 1995.

When philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad decided to build a museum for their collection, Ms. Heyler was charged with transitioning the private foundation into a new public art museum. Over the past five years, she has developed the institution’s profile, built its staff and overseen the construction of The Broad museum and the development of every aspect of the museum's operations and programming. She has worked closely with Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Gensler, MATT Construction, structural engineers and numerous specialists, from lighting designers to seismic experts, to ensure optimal realization of the 120,000-square-foot museum, which houses nearly all 2,000+ works in the Broad collection. The Broad is the first entirely new major museum founded in Los Angeles in almost 20 years. Marking the occasion of the opening of The Broad, she has curated The Broad’s inaugural installation, carefully assembling a predominately chronological selection of masterworks from the Broad collection in the museum’s 50,000-square-feet of gallery space.

Ms. Heyler has worked for Eli and Edythe Broad since 1989, advising them as art collectors and helping to build The Broad Art Foundation collection, which she has directed and served as its chief curator for more than 20 years. Under her direction, the collection has grown by over 65 percent, with the addition of 70 artists, including deep representations of work by crucial postwar figures like Andy Warhol and Joseph Beuys, as well as work by more recent figures like Damien Hirst, Sharon Lockhart, Kara Walker and others. The Broad collection continues to grow by about a work a week under her guidance. Ms. Heyler also oversees the foundation's lending library, expanding the reach of the innovative program to more than 8,000 loans to some 500 museums worldwide since its founding in 1984.

Ms. Heyler is closely involved with the Broads’ major philanthropic investments in the visual arts, which have included the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Broad Contemporary Art Museum at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Zaha Hadid-designed Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.

Ms. Heyler received her bachelor’s degree in art history from Scripps College and a master’s degree in the history of art from the Courtauld Institute of London University. She lives in Los Angeles.

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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Vy Nguyen, Weingart Foundation

TITLE: Director of Special Projects and Communications

FUNDING AREAS: Health, human services, education

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PROFILE: Vy Nguyen serves as director of special projects and communications at the Weingart Foundation, where her bio shares:

Vy Nguyen joined Weingart Foundation in 2008 as Program Associate, and currently serves as Director of Special Projects, working on special projects that fall outside of the Foundation’s typical responsive grantmaking. Before entering philanthropy, she worked for more than a decade in the nonprofit and public sectors, most recently for the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education and, prior to that, for the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance. Vy holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from University of California, Los Angeles.

Belen Vargas, Weingart Foundation

TITLE: Vice President, Programs

FUNDING AREAS: Health, human services, education

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PROFILE: Belen Vargas is vice president of programs for the Weingart Foundation, where her bio shares:

Belen holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Southern California School of Law and received her bachelor’s degree in communications from California State University, Los Angeles. Belen began her professional career in nonprofit legal services in Los Angeles County focused on advocacy and policy matters related to women’s issues and school inclusion issues for children with disabilities. Immediately prior to joining the Foundation, Belen worked at Public Counsel on the Childcare Law Project, providing outreach and education for child care providers. Belen is a graduate of the Council on Foundations’ Career Pathways leadership program. She serves on the boards of directors of Southern California Grantmakers and The Durfee Foundation. In addition, she is a regular instructor with Southern California Grantmakers' "Fundamentals of Grantmaking" program. Belen joined Weingart Foundation in July 2000 as the Foundation’s first Program Associate, responsible for formalizing and managing the Foundation’s Small Grant Program. She was promoted to Program Officer in 2003, and Senior Program Officer in 2007. In 2008, Belen moved into a management role at the Foundation as Associate Vice President, Grant Operations, and then subsequently as Vice President, Grant Operations. In 2014, she assumed the role of Vice President, Programs, where she oversees the Foundation’s grant strategy and planning, communications, and overall program assessment.

Fred Ali, Weingart Foundation

TITLE: President and CEO

FUNDING AREAS: Health, human services, education

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PROFILE: Fred Ali serves as president and CEO of the Weingart Foundation, where his bio shares:

Fred began his career in 1972 as a volunteer teacher and counselor in a small western Alaska village. Over the next 19 years, he held a number of key positions in Alaska including deputy director of the State Employment and Training Agency; president of Kuskokwim Community College; and vice chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage. In 1991, Fred became the executive director of Covenant House in Los Angeles. Under his leadership, Covenant House California developed into a large, multi-service program working with homeless and at-risk youth in Los Angeles and Oakland. Fred Ali has more than 35 years of senior management experience with nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and government. He received his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University, and his graduate degree in education from the University of Michigan.

Fred was elected president of Weingart Foundation in June 1999 and named chief executive officer of the Foundation in 2006. He serves on the boards of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles. He previously served as board chair of Southern California Grantmakers. Fred also serves as chair of the board of advisors for The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy, University of Southern California and as a senior fellow for the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. He speaks regularly on issues pertaining to the nonprofit sector including equity, sustainability, organizational effectiveness and capacity building.

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Rica Rodman, Wasserman Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director

FUNDING AREAS: Education, arts, environmental responsibility, health

CONTACT: Visit PeopleFinder for email and phone number (paid subscribers only)

PROFILE: Rica Rodman serves as executive director of the Wasserman Foundation, where her bio shares:

Rica is the Executive Director of the Wasserman Foundation.  She advises Casey Wasserman on strategic philanthropic initiatives in the areas of education, health, arts & culture, service, and global initiatives.  Rica has over 20 years of experience with media relations, strategic philanthropy, government relations, and large scale event management.

She started her career in The White House Press Office, serving for four years as President Clinton’s Radio Director.  She produced the President’s Saturday morning radio addresses and managed press for the President, Vice President, First Lady, world leaders, and U.S. Cabinet Secretaries.  She has been active in politics ever since, serving as a television booker for John Kerry’s presidential campaign, a finance director for Antonio Villaraigosa’s first mayoral campaign, and a media booker for three national Democratic conventions.

After spending time in Washington, D.C., Rica moved home to Los Angeles in 1997 to work at The Walt Disney Company as the Manager of Government Relations and Vice President of Disney’s political action committee.  Following this, she served as the Director of Norman Lear’s Foundation.

Prior to joining the Wasserman Foundation, Rica owned a public relations and marketing firm working in both Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.  Her client roster included: the United Nations World Food Programme, the United Nations Foundation, CNN, the Sundance Channel, the Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, the National World War II Memorial, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Washington, D.C. Convention and Tourism Corporation.  Some of these clients overlapped with her time as Vice President of a public relations firm.

Rica is Co-Chair of the Human Rights Watch Los Angeles Committee, Board Member of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and a Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.

Rica graduated magna cum laude with Honors from UCLA in Communications Studies.

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Casey Wasserman, Wasserman Foundation

TITLE: President and CEO

FUNDING AREAS: Education, arts, environmental responsibility, health

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PROFILE: Casey Wasserman is President and CEO of the Wasserman Foundaiton, where his bio shares:  

Casey Wasserman is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wasserman Media Group, a leading sports, entertainment and lifestyle marketing and management agency that represents brands, properties and talent on a global basis.  In 2014 Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Wasserman to head the city’s Olympic host efforts as the LA2024 Chairman, and in September 2015 the United States Olympic Committee selected Los Angeles as its U.S. Olympic bid city.

Wasserman also serves as President and CEO of the Wasserman Foundation, a private family foundation founded in 1952 by his grandparents Lew and Edie Wasserman. The Foundation currently funds in the areas of education, arts & culture, health, service and global initiatives. Wasserman is a Trustee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and a board member of several renowned philanthropic organizations including The Jules Stein Eye Institute, The LBJ Presidential Library and The Motion Picture & Television Fund.

Wasserman serves on the board of directors of Activision and the digital media company, Vox Media. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA and resides in Los Angeles.

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