Lynda Resnick, Resnick Family Foundation

TITLE: Co-President

FUNDING AREAS: Art, education, health, environment

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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.


Martha Karsh, Karsh Family Foundation

TITLE: Trustee

FUNDING AREAS: Education, human services, Jewish concerns

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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.

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.


Nancy Fishman, Grand Victoria Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director

FUNDING AREAS: Education, economic development, land conservation

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PROFILE: Nancy Fishman serves as the executive director of the Grand Victoria Foundation, where her bio shares:

Nancy is the founding executive director of Grand Victoria Foundation. Nancy drew upon her extensive experience in program and organizational development, community-based collaborations, and marketing to develop the framework for the Foundation. The result is a philanthropic organization that is entrepreneurial, relationship oriented, and user-centered.
Nancy has introduced several statewide and community-based initiatives that center on strong networks and cooperative action. In 2009, the Foundation’s work to build the leadership and philanthropic capabilities of community foundations through Communityworks was recognized with a Critical Impact Award given by the Council on Foundations. In 2010, the Foundation received the Wilmer Shields Rich Award for Excellence in Communications, also from the Council on Foundations.
Nancy has served on the boards of The Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, Alliance for the Great Lakes and Hyde Park Art Center.

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.


Rica Rodman, Wasserman Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director

FUNDING AREAS: Education, arts, environmental responsibility, health

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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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Stewart Resnick, Resnick Family Foundation

TITLE: Co-President

FUNDING AREAS: Arts, health, education

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PROFILE: Stewart Resnick is co-president, alongside wife Lynda Resnick, of the Resnick Family Foundation. An official bio predating the renaming of Roll Global to Wonderful Company reads:

Mr. Stewart A. Resnick is Owner of Paramount Citrus, Inc. and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Resnick has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Roll Global LLC since 1962. Mr. Resnick has been Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Franklin Mint Company, a subsidiary of Roll International Corporation since 1985. He serves as Chief Executive Officer of The Franklin Mint Company. Mr. Resnick serves as President of Paramount Farms International, LLC.

He served as Chief Executive Officer of Roll International Corporation at LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. He serves as member of the Executive Board of the University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Sciences. He has been Co-Chairman and Director of Roll Global LLC since 1962. He served as Chairman of Roll International Corporation at LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors at The Franklin Mint, LLC.

He serves as Director of Paramount Farms. He serves as a Trustee of J. Paul Getty Trust Inc. Mr. Resnick serves as a Trustee of Bard College and as a Trustee of Conservation International. He is a Member of Advisory Board of the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles. He served as a Director of LeapFrog Enterprises Inc., from July 2002 to March 31, 2005. He is affiliated with the SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Resnick holds a B.S. and a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

His wife Lynda's IP Profile delves into some history as to how the power couple amassed their fortune—and continues to augment it. And while, in terms of dollar amounts, their philanthropy in many areas is generous, some see the social costs.


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.

Richard Sandler, Milken Family Foundation

TITLE: Executive Vice President, Secretary and Trustee

FUNDING AREAS: Education, medical research, and Jewish music

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PROFILE: Richard Sandler serves as executive vice president, secretary and trustee of the Milken Family Foundation, where his official bio shares:

Richard Sandler is executive vice president, secretary and a trustee of the Milken Family Foundation. He has been involved with the Foundation since its formation in 1982 and has contributed time and support to its many initiatives in education and medical research.

Richard chairs the board of trustees of The Jewish Federations of North America and is the former chair of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. He serves on a number of nonprofit boards, including the American Jewish University, Milken Community High School and the University of California at Berkeley Foundation. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Milken Institute.

Richard is a partner in the law firm of Maron & Sandler, specializing in business restructurings and acquisitions, securities transactions and real estate. He has been an investor for over 25 years, including acting as the managing partner of various partnerships investing in securities, commercial and industrial real estate projects, and other business transactions. He serves on the boards of directors of a number of companies that he is involved with including KU Education, Inc., Knowledge Schools, Inc., and Heron International Limited, an international real estate company. Richard is a member of the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley, and received his law degree from UCLA Law School.