E. Thomas Brewer, Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

TITLE: Director, Finance & Administration

FUNDING AREAS: Health, arts, human services, higher education

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

PROFILE: When Brewer joined the foundation in 2013, he brought more than 15 years of philanthropic grantmaking experience with him. His foundation bio shares: 

Thomas joined the Foundation in 2013, bringing with him a broad range of philanthropic experiences from working at the May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, Archstone, and Alliance Healthcare foundations. Having amassed nearly twenty years on the programmatic side of grantmaking, Thomas now manages the Foundation’s financial and administrative operations. Thomas is an inaugural graduate of the Council on Foundation’s Career Pathways Program (Class 2010-2011). He holds Masters’ degrees in Business Administration, Public Health, and Social Work.

Mason Granger, Hearst Foundations

TITLE: Director of Grants

FUNDING AREAS: Culture, education, health, and social service

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

PROFILE: Before Mason Granger became a full-time Hearst philanthropist in 2008, he was a Louisiana Hearst TV news exec with a heart of gold. His JAA Fordham speaker bio shares: 

Mason Granger is the director of grants of The Hearst Foundations in New York. He is the former president and general manager of WDSU-TV, the NBC affiliate in New Orleans, as well as the former executive vice president and general manager of WMC-TV and its companion radio stations, WMC-AM and WMC-FM, in Memphis.
Granger attended the University of Virginia (B.A.) and Columbia University (M.S.). Among other career experiences, he taught at Rhodes College in Memphis and served on the staff of Congressman Ed Koch prior to Koch's election as mayor of New York.
Granger is a member of the boards of directors of the National Corporate Theatre Fund and the Waterwell Theatre Company and is a former board member of the French Institute Alliance Francaise and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
The Hearst Foundations are national philanthropic resources for organizations working in the fields of culture, education, health, and social services. The Foundations identify and fund outstanding nonprofits to ensure that people of all backgrounds in the United States have the opportunity to build healthy, productive, and inspiring lives.
Since their inception in the 1940's, the Foundations have made more than 19,700 grants totaling more than $980 million.

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.

Scott Moyer, The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation

TITLE: President

FUNDING AREAS: Healthcare for underserved populations, correctional health, and mental health

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

PROFILE: Presiding over a charitable organization with around $82 million in assets and a staff of three (including himself), Scott Moyer has some major grantmaking responsibilities on his hands. His Grantmakers in Health bio shares: 

Scott Moyer, MPH, is President of The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation and has been working in the health field in various capacities since 1990. His interest in health began after enrolling in the student sexual health advocate program as an undergraduate at Rutgers University. After graduating, he worked as a health educator with Planned Parenthood in Mercer County, New Jersey. For five years he served as Project Coordinator for the Mercer County HIV Care Consortium in Trenton, New Jersey. In this role, he managed a federally funded Ryan White Title II program that included identifying community needs, coordinating programs, and managing the grant program. He joined the staff of The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation in 2000, and for five years he served as a Program Officer where he developed new programmatic initiatives, created processes for grant applications/reporting, and served as the primary contact for applicants and grantees. In 2006 he was promoted to President. In this role, he oversees the $4-million grant program, manages operations, supervises staff, and works with the board to identify new grantmaking opportunities. He graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. He holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Medicine and Dentistry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Pamela Riley, The Commonwealth Fund

TITLE: Assistant Vice President, Delivery System Reform

FUNDING AREAS: Health care for vulnerable populations

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

PROFILE: Riley is an assistant vice president at the Commonwealth Fund. Her foundation bio shares:

Pamela Riley, M.D., M.P.H., is vice president for Delivery System Reform at The Commonwealth Fund. Her area of focus is on transforming health care delivery systems for vulnerable populations, including low-income groups, racial and ethnic minorities, and uninsured populations. Dr. Riley was previously program officer at the New York State Health Foundation, where she focused on developing and managing grantmaking programs in the areas of integrating mental health and substance use services, addressing the needs of returning veterans and their families, and diabetes prevention and management. Earlier in her career, Dr. Riley served as clinical instructor in the Division of General Pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine. In this capacity, she was a general pediatrician and associate medical director for Pediatrics at the Ravenswood Family Health Center, a federally qualified health center in East Palo Alto, Calif. Dr. Riley served as a Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy Global Health Policy Fellow at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and has served as a volunteer physician in Peru and Guatemala. Dr. Riley received an M.D. from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine in 2000, and completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Calif., in 2003. Dr. Riley received an M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health as a Mongan Commonwealth Fund Fellow in Minority Health Policy in 2009.

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Ann Lurie, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Foundation

TITLE: President

FUNDING AREAS: AIDS treatment and prevention, education, hunger, health care deficiencies, animal welfare, arts enrichment, conservation

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

PROFILE: "Philanthropy doesn't mean just giving money. According to the dictionary, it means loving one's fellow man," major philanthropist Ann Lurie has said. Lurie's website bio shares: 

Ann was born and raised in Florida. She moved to Chicago in 1973 where she married Bob Lurie. Before starting her family, she worked in public health and pediatric intensive care nursing in rural Florida and at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
Ann administers the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Foundation, a private philanthropic foundation in Chicago that provides funding for projects she is passionate about and are aligned with a template she and her late husband Bob developed before he died. While supporting charitable endeavors in Chicago and throughout the world, she has developed a particular interest in funding medical treatment, research, education and prevention.
Lurie Holdings, Inc. administers and manages her investment portfolio. In furtherance of Bob’s engineering background, investments have focused on the miniaturization of technology, from micro to MEMS to nanotechnology and on applications to health care.
Ann founded and served as president of Africa Infectious Disease Village Clinics, Inc. (AID Village Clinics), a registered U.S. public charity focused on providing free quality medical care and public health services to rural communities in southeastern Kenya until its closing in late 2012.
Ann earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Florida, and, in 2010, was appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor, Preventive Medicine, at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
She has been awarded honorary degrees from:
Erikson Institute – Doctor of Humane Letters, Spring 2009
University of Florida – Doctor of Public Service, Spring 2009
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor – Doctor of Laws, Winter 2003
PROFESSIONAL AWARDS:
Recognized, Streetwise Chicago, 25 Most Significant People in the History of StreetWise (September 2017)
Civic Federation of Chicago, Lyman J. Gage Award for Outstanding Civic Contribution by an Individual (April 2014)
UNICEF, Chicago Humanitarian Award (October 2013)
Awarded, Northwestern Alumni Association Grant Goodrich Achievement Award (March, 2013)
Chicago Magazine, Chicagoans of the Year (December 2012)
Chicago Consular Corps, Global Citizen Award (May 2011) 
Research America, Raymond & Beverly Sackler Award for Sustained National Leadership (March 2010) 
Anti-Defamation League, Lifetime Achievement Award (March 2009) 
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, 2009
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Award for Humanitarian Contributions to the Health of Humankind (March 2009) 
Harvard Club of Chicago Annual Award (April 2008) 
Association of Fundraising Professionals, Distinguished Philanthropist, Chicago (Spring 2006)
Chicago Historical Society, Jane Addams Making History Award for Distinction in Social Service (Spring 2004)
Co-Chair, Host Committee, Princess Diana’s Royal Visit to Chicago (1996)
RECOGNITION: 
Inducted, Member, American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2015)
Recognized, Today's Chicago Woman, "100 Women of Inspiration" (July 2014)
Featured, Betsy Storm, Bright Lights of the Second City, Top Drawer Communications LLC (2014)
Recognized, Make It Better magazine, "Top 11 Chicago Female Philanthropists" (May 2014)
Featured, Chicago Magazine “The Power 100” (March 2013)
Recognized, Crain’s Chicago Business, Who’s Who in Chicago Business (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Featured, Chicago Tribune, “Executive Profile, Wealth of Determination” (April 2012)
Featured, Chicago magazine, “The 100 Most Powerful Chicagoans” (March 2012) 
Featured, Town & Country Special Philanthropy Issue, “A Woman’s Guide to Giving” (June 2008)
Featured, Chronicle of Philanthropy, “America’s 50 most-generous donors committed $7.3 billion in 2007” (January 2008) 
Featured, Chicago Life, distributed by the New York Times, “Philanthropy Here and Beyond” (Holiday 2007)
Recognized, Chronicle of Philanthropy, “America’s Top Donors” (Winter 2007) 
Featured, Business Week, “United States’ Leading Philanthropists” (2003 and 2004) 
Recognized, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Chicago’s 100 Most Influential Women” (Spring 2004) 
Recognized, Chicago Sun-Times, “Most Powerful Woman in Philanthropy” (Spring 2004) 
Featured, Chronicle of Philanthropy, “Shaped by the 60s, Widow Takes Free-Spirited Approach to Giving” (February 2003) 
Recognized, Worth, “The Benefactor 100” (Spring 2000)

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Nike Irvin, California Community Foundation

Nike Irvin has been busy using her longtime experience to make some of Los Angeles’ charities even stronger. As Vice President of Programs at the California Community Foundation (CCF), Irvin has utilized her leadership skills to work on special initiatives in areas like arts, education, health care and human development. It’s safe to say that without Irvin many sectors of the population would be in dire straits.
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David Fukuzawa, The Kresge Foundation

TITLE: Managing Director, Health

FUNDING AREAS: Access to healthcare, community health partnerships, food insecurity, and healthy housing and environments

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

PROFILE: David Fukuzawa is the managing director of The Kresge Foundation's Health program. His foundation shares: 

David D. Fukuzawa, managing director of Kresge's Health and Human Services Programs, has more than 20 years of experience in philanthropy, with a special focus on children and youth.
His experience as a youth worker and community organizer in Detroit and Chicago taught him that health and well-being are profoundly affected by the condition of the communities, schools and environment in which people live. Those lessons inform the efforts he has led to re-envision and redesign Kresge’s approach to health grantmaking.
David joined Kresge in 2000 and has served as a program officer and senior program officer. In 2002, he helped develop the Special Opportunities Initiative. The initiative focused on building the capacity of high-impact organizations that reached underserved populations, but were uncompetitive in the foundation’s historic bricks-and-mortar challenge program. He then managed the initiative.
He was a program officer at The Skillman Foundation in Detroit from 1990 to 1999. At Skillman, David focused on child and youth health. He was responsible for a major initiative to address the lack of safe and accessible out-of-school opportunities for Detroit youth, a major factor in the city’s high incidence of violence, delinquency, substance abuse, and teen pregnancy. He also helped develop Michigan’s first statewide childhood immunization registry.
Before his career in philanthropy, David served as director of human needs at New Detroit, Inc. (NDI), where he was responsible for policy analysis and development, particularly in the areas of welfare reform and health care reform. He drafted NDI’s policy statement for health care reform and was NDI’s liaison to the Michigan Legislature regarding liability/tort reform and its effect on physicians in Detroit. He also administered a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, which established the first school-based health centers in the Detroit Public Schools.
David moved to Detroit in 1981, fresh from seminary, to work with youth on the streets, where he learned firsthand about the roots of urban drug-related violence. That experience directly informed a booklet, which he co-wrote while at NDI titled Drug Free Neighborhoods: How we can do it.  The Michigan Substance Abuse and Traffic Safety Information Center reprinted the booklet in 1993 with a new title, Creating Drug Free Neighborhoods in Michigan: How we can do it.
A Yale University graduate, David also holds a master of divinity degree from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and a master of science in administration degree from Central Michigan University. He has published articles about urban issues and population health, including “Achieving Healthy Communities through Community-centered Health Systems” in the Winter 2013 edition of National Civic Review.

Laura Sherman, Klarman Family Foundation

TITLE: Director, Greater Boston Grantmaking

FUNDING AREAS: Public health and arts

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

PROFILE: Laura Sherman, the Klarman Family Foundation's Director of Greater Boston Grantmaking and former senior program officer, has spent her career in the philanthropy business, and she's seen it from quite a few angles and gotten some great perspective. Sherman has been with Klarman since 2009, but her varied experience prior to that has made her instrumental in the foundation's success.

Before joining the Klarman Family Foundation, Sherman worked for a couple of years as a program officer at the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation. Her current role might feel  familiar to her, as the two foundations have similarities; both are Boston-based philanthropies founded on the assets of wealthy businessmen. In the case of the Klarman Family Foundation, that businessman was the soft-spoken and publicly shy Seth Klarman, and the foundation has more than $255 million in assets.

Sherman also understands the flip side of the non-profit equation as well. She worked as an independent consultant to non-profit organizations for five years before diving into family foundation work. Prior to starting her own consulting firm, she served as vice president of strategic planning and development at Crittenton Hastings House, a Boston-based nonprofit aimed at housing, education, and workforce improvements. Unlike many other program officers, Sherman has worked on the outside, the inside, and on the side. She's been the one trying to get grants, help others get grants, and now decide who is worthy of grants.

Sherman earned her bachelor's degree in anthropology and liberal arts from Vassar College and an master's in health policy and management from Harvard School of Public Health. During her time at the Klarman Family Foundation, she has served as a contributing member of the State Street Foundation's youth violence prevention initiative. She's also served on the working committee of the Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion initiative, which has exposed arts education to thousands of students during the school day. However, Klarman really draws upon Sherman's background in public health, as that's one of the foundation's primary focus areas.

 

Stacey Barbas, The Kresge Foundation

TITLE: Senior Program Officer, Health

FUNDING AREAS: Health disparities and public health

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

PROFILE: Stacey Barbas is a senior program officer at the Kresge Foundation. Her foundation bio shares: 

As a senior program officer for Health, Stacey Barbas helps oversee grantmaking and investing aimed at reducing health disparities by addressing conditions that lead to poor health outcomes. She works with grantees engaged in innovative, cross-sector, interdisciplinary efforts to mitigate the social and environmental factors leading to health disparities. Stacey invites and reviews grant requests from nonprofit organizations and safety-net health institutions addressing the social and environmental factors that disproportionately affect at-risk communities.
“As a member of the Health team, I feel privileged to help provide resources to organizations that are working with vulnerable, disenfranchised populations and improving the health of their communities,” says Stacey, who makes site visits to grantees in underserved urban and rural areas. “Through Kresge’s grantmaking, these communities often are given the opportunity to have a voice and choices in their health that they may not have had before.”
Stacey has been involved in charitable work since 1985. Prior to joining the foundation in 2008, she served for five years as executive director of the Michigan AIDS Fund, a statewide grantmaking organization. Earlier, she worked 16 years at the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, where she held various positions, including director of information services and manager of the 2-1-1 call center, an around-the-clock information and referral service.

After graduating from Wayne State University, Stacey earned a master of science in administration degree from Central Michigan University.

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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Ann Marie Healy, First Hospital Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director

FUNDING AREAS: Access to health care, mental health, child health, and health-care workforce training

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

PROFILE: Ann Marie Healy serves as the Executive Director of the First Hospital Foundation. Her foundation bio shares the following:

Ann Marie Healy became First Hospital Foundation’s first executive director in 2006 after serving as the foundation’s administrator since its inception in 1997. Ann Marie is responsible for implementation of the Board’s strategies and for managing all aspects of the foundation’s operations, financial and grants management.

Ann Marie began her career in nonprofit management as vice president for operations and development of 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, a nonprofit dedicated to revitalizing cities and towns, conserving rural lands and reducing sprawl. In addition, she served as the administrator for the Union Benevolent Association, the oldest charity in continuous existence in Philadelphia, and as the executive assistant to the president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.

Ann Marie serves on the Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Coalition for Oral Health and is a member of the Pennsylvania Health Funders Collaborative, Grantmakers in Health, and Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia. She has an associates degree from Delaware County Community College.  Ann Marie is a recent graduate of the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute at Bryn Mawr College.

Ann Marie enjoys gardening, kayaking, fishing, and relaxing on her farm, which she shares with her husband and three sons.

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.

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.

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

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

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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Casey Wasserman, Wasserman Foundation

TITLE: President and CEO

FUNDING AREAS: Education, arts, environmental responsibility, health

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

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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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.