501(c)onference 2016

501(c)onference 2016

Keynotes & Panelists | June 2-3, 2016

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Lucy Bernholz, Ph.D., Senior Research Scholar, Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society
Lucy Bernholz is a Senior Research Scholar at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and Director of the Digital Civil Society Lab. She has been a Visiting Scholar at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and a Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, the Hybrid Reality Institute, and the New America Foundation. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including the annual Blueprint Series on Philanthropy and the Social Economy, the 2010 publication Disrupting Philanthropy, and her 2004 book Creating Philanthropic Capital Markets: The Deliberate Evolution. She is a co-editor of Philanthropy in Democratic Societies, to be published in June 2016 by the University of Chicago Press. She writes extensively on philanthropy, technology, information, and policy on her award winning blog, philanthropy2173.com. She has a BA from Yale University, where she played field hockey and captained the lacrosse team, and an MA and Ph.D. from Stanford University.




Regina Birdsell, President & CEO, Center for Nonprofit Management
Regina has been a marketing and communications executive within the corporate, nonprofit and public sectors for over 20 years. After graduating from USC, she began her career at Eyewitness News in Los Angeles, served as press secretary for California’s Attorney General, worked to build the Public Affairs office at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, ran the New Los Angeles Marketing Partnership in collaboration with Mayor Riordan and corporate leaders throughout the region and was later appointed by the Governor to be a consumer advocate. In 2006 she became the President & CEO of the Southern California Center for Nonprofit Management.


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Omar Brownson, Executive Director, River LA
Omar Brownson serves as Executive Director of River LA, formerly the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation. As ED, Omar leads the strategic vision of the organization, seeking to build a broad coalition across the public, private, and philanthropic sectors to champion the LA River. Previously, Omar led the Los Angeles expansion of Seslia & Company, a financial advisory firm focused on structuring and sourcing project financing for public institutions. Prior to that, he served as vice president of acquisitions and development at CityView, an institutional investment firm, and spearheaded numerous other mission-driven and community development initiatives. A former AmeriCorps Public Ally and CORO Fellow, Omar received his BA from UC Davis, and holds a joint-Masters in Public Policy and Urban Planning from the Harvard Kennedy School and Graduate School of Design. Omar is also the recipient of a Stanton Fellowship from the Durfee Foundation (2014-15).


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Shakari Byerly, Founding Partner, Evitarus
Shakari Byerly is a founding partner of Evitarus, Inc., a strategic advisory firm that conducts public opinion research and provides strategic consulting services to public agencies, nonprofit organizations and public decision-makers. Previously Shakari served as policy analyst at the Center for Governmental Studies, Regional Field Director for the California Democratic Party during the 2004 Presidential campaign, and as Vice President of the firm of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, focusing on healthcare and political reform, public finance and education finance measures, community and consumer satisfaction, and natural resource conservation. Shakari holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, where she is currently a PhD candidate.

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Marlon Fuentes, Strategic Designer / Marketing Manager, verynice  |  Founder VRCauses
Marlon Fuentes brings ethnography, design thinking and a lean startup mindset to the forefront of his work as a Design Strategist and Marketing Manager at verynice. By championing optimal user experiences and validated learning, Marlon has led branding and product design for organizations such as the Brazilian Consulate in Los Angeles, Center for Nonprofit Management, and Google.org. He is also founder of VR Causes, a joint initiative with verynice that explores virtual reality as a catalyst for social innovation.  Both artist and scientist, Marlon holds a BA in Ethnomusicology from the School of Arts and Architecture at UCLA and recently completed a fellowship with the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

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Wendy Garen, Executive Director, Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Wendy has played an integral role in the life of the Parsons Foundation, assuming the title of President and CEO in 2008 after working for the Foundation in increasing levels of responsibility for more than 20 years. She was a founding staff member of the children’s nonprofit Crystal Stairs and headed the Los Angeles Child Care and Development Council. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois and has a master’s in urban planning from UCLA. She was on the Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Leadership Board and joined delegations visiting South Africa and Egypt. She has been on the board of Southern California Grantmakers and the Broad Stage and is a member of the Philanthropy Leadership Group, The Trusteeship and serves on the California advisory board of the Milken Institute.

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Noah Goldberg-Jaffe, Project Coordinator, verynice
Noah Goldberg-Jaffe is a writer, reader, and facilitator who is interested in exploring the myriad ways the business and non-profit communities can work together to create change. As Project Coordinator, Noah uses his internationally honed communications skills to help verynice create impact in the greater LA area and beyond. Before joining the verynice team, Noah spent time researching and traveling in Lesotho, South Africa, and Kenya. The focus of his journey was to discover and understand ways education and entrepreneurship can positively affect development in traditional and non-traditional classroom settings. He holds a BA in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College.





Fernando Guerra, Director of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles and Assistant to the President for Civic Engagement, Loyola Marymount University
Fernando J. Guerra is Director of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University, and Assistant to the President for Civic Engagement. Dr. Guerra also served as Assistant to the President for Faculty Resources from 1992-96. He is a Professor of Political Science and Chicana/o Studies, and has served as Chairman of the Chicana/o Studies Department, Director of the American Cultures program, and Director of the Summer in Mexico program. He has been on the faculty at Loyola Marymount University since 1984. 


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Sachi Hamai, CEO, County of Los Angeles
As Los Angeles County’s Chief Executive Officer, Sachi Hamai is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the nation’s largest municipal government, including oversight of the County’s $28 billion budget. As CEO, Sachi also supports the Board of Supervisor’s policy and programmatic leadership on numerous health, social services, criminal justice, and quality of life programs and services. Previously, Sachi served over eight years as the Executive Officer for the Board of Supervisors, and held several positions in the LA County Auditor-Controller department including the Director of Administrative Services at the County’s Department of Health Services.  A Colorado native, Sachi holds a BS from Colorado State University.

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Maura Harrington, COO and Vice President, Consulting Services, Center for Nonprofit Management
Maura Harrington is widely recognized for her expertise in evaluation design and strategy and in all aspects of organizational development with a focus on strategic planning.  At CNM, she oversees the consulting division and provides consulting and training services to a broad range of client organizations in the nonprofit and public sectors.  She also serves as an adjunct professor at the USC Schools of Social Work and Psychology, teaching courses on Social Work Research; and Children, Evaluation and Organizational Psychology.  Maura’s professional experience includes designing and delivering leadership workshops, training for trainers in the leadership field and several leadership development research studies through the Connective Leadership Institute where she also serves as an Advisory Board Member.  Maura has a PhD in Organizational Behavior from the Claremont Graduate School, a MBA from the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management. and a B.S. in Psychology from Georgetown University.  She is an executive coach as well a certified Governance Trainer through BoardSource.


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  John Kobara, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, California Community Foundation
John Kobara is Chief Operating Officer of the California Community Foundation (CCF) where he is responsible for all of the development, marketing, administrative, grantmaking, civic engagement and donor relations functions of the foundation. He joined CCF in 2008 to head the external and donor relations department. From 2003-2008, he was on the foundation’s board of directors while serving as head of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles.
For 35 years, Kobara has been leading and managing innovative nonprofit organizations, companies and technology startups, and actively involved in advancing social justice by increasing access to educational opportunities in Los Angeles.  John was a Coro Fellow in Los Angeles and earned a bachelor’s from UCLA, a master’s in business administration from USC and a master’s from Occidental College.


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Supervisor Sheila James Kuehl, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Third District
Supervisor Sheila James Kuehl represents Los Angeles County’s Third District.  As Supervisor, she has undertaken or collaborated on a number of key initiatives to improve quality of life and reform systems in the County, addressing needs such as minimum wage, public safety, homelessness and affordable housing, foster care and family services, innovating on issues of water conservation and recycling, protecting our arts venues and productions, reforming both our adult and juvenile justice systems and breaking down barriers to physical health, mental health and substance abuse treatment services.  She is also Chair of the Board of Commissioners of First Five LA, and a member of the Boards of Directors of Metro, the Expo Authority, and the LA Local Agency Formation Commission. Kuehl previously served eight years in the State Senate and six years in the State Assembly. She is the Founding Director of the Public Policy Institute at Santa Monica College and was the first woman in California history to be named Speaker Pro Tempore of the Assembly, and the first openly gay or lesbian person to be elected to the California Legislature. Prior to serving in the Legislature, Kuel was a public-interest attorney. She was a law professor at Loyola, UCLA and USC Law Schools and co-founded and served as managing attorney of the California Women’s Law Center.  Supervisor Kuehl graduated from Harvard Law School in 1978. 

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Shawn Landres, Civil Society Fellow, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
Shawn Landres has more than two decades of experience in academic, nonprofit and philanthropic leadership, social entrepreneurship, network building, and organizational development models.  He is cofounder and CEO of Jumpstart Labs and chairs the Santa Monica Social Services Commission, the Impact Hub LA Board and the LA County Productivity Investment Board, the nation’s oldest and largest local government innovation fund. Shawn also serves on the SoCal Grantmakers Public Policy Committee and advises Future of Cities. He holds degrees in Religious Studies and Social Anthropology from Columbia, Oxford, and UC Santa Barbara, where he earned his doctorate. Among other recognitions, the White House has featured Shawn as a “spotlight innovator” and Liberty Hill has awarded him its NextGen Leadership Award.

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Deidre Lind, President, Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles
Deidre Lind is President of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles where she is charged with building the first broad-reaching public charity to support public/private partnerships aligned with the vision of the Mayor of Los Angeles. Previously, Deidre was Director, Corporate Affairs for Mattel, Inc. and Executive Director of the Mattel Children’s Foundation. Deidre’s prior experience also includes serving as Associate Director for Government and Community Relations with Kaiser Permanente and working on social policy for Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan.  Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of Southern California Grantmakers and Community Partners. Deidre has also been active with the Council on Foundations’ Committee on Corporate Grantmaking, the Conference Board’s Contributions Council II, the US Chamber’s Business Civic Leadership Center, and Business for Social Responsibility.  She received her BA from University of California, Santa Barbara, and a MSW and MPA from the University of Southern California.


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Joe Lumarda, Senior Vice President & Investment Counselor, Capital Group Private Client Services
Joe Lumarda chairs Capital Group’s LA Charitable Contributions Committee. Prior to joining Capital Group in 2006, Joe spent 16 years at the California Community Foundation as a Vice President for Development, Executive Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer. He also serves on several nonprofit and foundation boards including the Center for Nonprofit Management and Southern California Grantmakers.


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Steve MacLaughlin, Director of Analytics, Blackbaud
Steve MacLaughlin is a Director of Analytics at Blackbaud, the leading provider of technology and services to the nonprofit sector. Steve has spent 20+ years driving innovation with a broad range of companies, government institutions, and nonprofit organizations. Steve serves on the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) Board of Directors, supporting its focus on the growth and professionalism of the nonprofit technology field and building information sharing capacity throughout the sector. Steve earned both his undergraduate degree and a Master of Science degree in Interactive Media from Indiana University. His newest book, Data Driven Nonprofits, will be published in 2016.

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Joan McCarthy, Senior Manager, Corporate Citizenship, Los Angeles Community Engagement, The Walt Disney Company
As part of the Disney Corporate Citizenship team, Joan McCarthy is responsible for community engagement in the greater Los Angeles area, including the cities of Burbank and Glendale where The Walt Disney Company is the largest employer. Focusing support in Disney’s philanthropic mission areas of Compassion, Conservation, and Creativity, she manages the company’s strategic financial giving, oversees community outreach programs, and the Disney VoluntEARS program.

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Tiffany McDowell, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Tiffany McDowell is a principal in Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Human Capital practice and serves as the national leader for the Organization Strategies practice. She has 16 years of business and consulting experience, delivering operating model, organizational design, talent strategies, decision optimization, and change management solutions. Her focus is on helping executives in health care effectively lead their organizations through transformation. McDowell holds an MBA and a doctorate in industrial/organizational psychology.

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Fred Mendez, Managing Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for the Americas, MUFG Union Bank
Horacio “Fred” Mendez is the Managing Director of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for the Americas for MUFG Union Bank. He is responsible for developing and implementing the bank’s outreach and environmental sustainability strategy for CSR which includes Community Reinvestment Act requirements in the U.S., supplier diversity, philanthropy, environmental finance and creating a network by which MUFG’s suite of financial products and services are made available to underserved markets and populations from Canada to Argentina. Prior to his tenure at MUFG, Fred was Chief Sustainability Officer for Rabobank, N.A. where he oversaw the banks’ CSR and Community Reinvestment Programs with an emphasis on food, agriculture and rural economic development. He holds degrees in Economics from San Jose State and Santa Clara Universities.

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Mary-Elizabeth Michaels, Director of Community Affairs, Warner Bros. Entertainment
Mary-Elizabeth Michaels serves as Director of Community Affairs at Warner Bros. Entertainment. In this role she leads regional outreach efforts in key regions, including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Vancouver, and Montreal. She also spearheads capacity building efforts on behalf of Warner Bros. and manages signature company outreach programs including the Burbank Time Warner Board Leadership Program and the Reach Honorship Program.

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Bill Parent, Associate Dean and Director, UCLA Policy Forum
Bill Parent is Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives at the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA, where he also serves as the Director of the Center for Civil Society (CCS) and Lecturer.  At CCS, he has instituted an annual regional nonprofit survey as part of the Center’s State of the Sector report, which has become a catalyst for regional philanthropic and nonprofit policy planning in the Los Angeles region.  Bill previously served as Associate Dean for Administration, Associate Dean for Advancement and Assistant Dean overseeing the Policy Forum at the Luskin School. Before coming to UCLA in 2000, Bill was on the senior staff of the Harvard Kennedy School for 14 years, serving five years as Executive Director of the Innovations in American Government Program. He holds an Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 

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Tara Roth, President, Goldhirsh Foundation
Tara Roth is the president of the Goldhirsh Foundation. Prior to this role, Tara bridged the worlds of marketing, media, and philanthropy as the founding COO of GOOD and a social strategy advisor. Tara began her career in marketing and business development for NBCinternet and Infoseek. She has worked with organizations such as Participant Media, Fifteen Foundation, and the New Schools Venture Fund. As a senior advisor to GOOD, Tara helped launch the Pepsi Refresh Project. Tara received a bachelor’s degree at Cornell University, and has an MBA from Oxford University where she was awarded a Skoll scholarship in social entrepreneurship. Tara serves on the executive council of Innovate LA (InLA), on the board of Southern California Grantmakers, on the SoCal Regional Board of Opportunity Fund, an advisory board member of LA n Sync and 826LA, and is a Senior Fellow at USC's Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab.

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Virgil Roberts, Managing Partner and Founder, Bobbit & Roberts
Virgil Roberts is managing partner and founder of the Bobbitt & Roberts law firm which specializes in representing entertainment industry clients in television, film, and music. Virgil’s early work as a civil rights attorney with Manning & Roberts included representing the NAACP in the Los Angeles school desegregation case Crawford v. Board of Education. He is active across the Los Angeles region, currently serving on nearly a dozen boards including the African American Board Leadership Institute (AABLI), Community Build, Claremont Graduate University, Families in Schools, Usher’s New Look Foundation, The Alliance of Artists and Record Companies, Southern California Public Radio, Broadway Federal Bank, The Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools and The James Irvine Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and a JD from Harvard Law School, where he was a Felix Frankfurter Scholar.

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Belinda Madrid Teitel, Vice President of Education and Leadership Development, Center for Nonprofit Management
Belinda is the Vice President of Education and Leadership Development at the Center for Nonprofit Management. She has been coaching and consulting for nonprofit organizations for more than 14 years and has worked with over 100 organizations of all types and sizes. Belinda began her career in the banking and finance field and has formed extensive alliances in the nonprofit, business and governmental sectors throughout Southern California. Belinda is on the board of Girls on the Run, Los Angeles Chapter, and an active member of Hispanics in Philanthropy.


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Megan Tremelling, Design Strategist, verynice
Megan Tremelling thrives at the intersection of research, design, business, and project management. As a Design Strategist, Megan pairs her data analysis and design skills to create outstanding customer experiences to generate measureable results.  Prior to finding her passion for design, Megan spent over nine years with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company working in statistical analysis, finance, operations, and marketing.  Megan leverages this experience to evaluate the viability of design concepts and to draw deeper connections between data and stakeholder insights to create products and services driven by customer needs.  Megan holds an MBA in Design Strategy from California College of the Arts and a BA in Mathematics from the University of California Santa Cruz.

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Julie Ha Truong, Director of Education, Center for Nonprofit Management
Julie has 15 years of experience building the capacity of health and human service, education, government, arts, youth, cultural and ethnic-based nonprofit organizations. At CNM, Julie oversees planning and implementation of all education programming. Prior to joining CNM, Julie directed and provided strategic direction at a public school district for design and successful implementation of the Community Schools model. She holds a Master’s in Public Policy, Nonprofit Mgmt & Leadership.

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Belen Vargas, Vice President, Programs, Weingart Foundation
Belen Vargas is Vice President of Programs at Weingart Foundation.  Belen joined Weingart Foundation in 2000 as the Foundation’s first Program Associate, responsible for formalizing and managing the Foundation’s Small Grant Program. She went on to serve in various roles and 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. She serves on the boards of directors of Southern California Grantmakers and The Durfee Foundation. 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.

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Jonathan Weedman, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Foundation
Jonathan Weedman has served as Senior Vice President for the Wells Fargo Foundation since September 1996. Under his management, Wells Fargo has grown to become the largest corporate donor to charities in these regions. Jonathan is the recipient of numerous awards for his community service from organizations such as the American Heart Association, Para Los Niños, AIDS Service Center, Project New Hope, Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, and Operation Hope. Jonathan is a Board Member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, The Colburn School, Inner City Youth Orchestra of LA, and serves as Chair of the Los Angeles County Grand Park Foundation. 

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Angela Weimer, Director of Human Resources and Administration, NALEO Educational Fund
Angela Weimer has been with the NALEO Educational Fund since 1998 and presently serves as Director of Human Resources and Administration. She oversees risk management and legal compliance, on-boarding and separation, administration of benefits, staff performance and evaluation, interpersonal dynamics and employee growth, as well as facilities management. Angie serves on the Board of CNM.

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David White, Director, Deloitte Consulting, LLP
David White has over fifteen years’ experience helping media and technology companies address workforce issues as they pursue significant business transformations enabled by process re-engineering, technology, and strategic organizational change. He practices within Deloitte’s Human Capital service area, specializing in the integration of talent strategies with information and technology to improve business performance. David serves as the Board Chair of CNM.

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Val Zavala, Anchor & Executive Producer, KCET SoCal Connected
Val Zavala is anchor and executive producer of "SoCal Connected." Since joining KCET in 1987 she has won 15 L.A. Emmy awards. She has covered major issues in southern California politics, education, government, demographics, healthcare, environment, economy, and arts and culture. She has been honored for her community service by numerous organizations including the California Chicano News Media Association, and Hispanic Americans for Fairness in Media among others. She was a John S. Knight Journalism fellow at Stanford University in 1993. She received her M.A. in journalism from American University and her B.A. in Latin American Studies from Yale University.

Breakout Session Leaders & Panelists | June 2-3, 2016

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Povi-Tamu Bryant, Program Coordinator, LDIR
As a black queer womyn, Povi-Tamu Bryant is committed to working with people to bring an intersectional understanding to the ways we build, live and interact with each other. This commitment brought Povi-Tamu to Leadership Development in Intergroup Relations (LDIR), a program of Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles. LDIR grew out of and was informed by changing demographics, economic injustice, political disempowerment, police violence, media misrepresentation and other forces in Los Angeles and provides leadership development to address human relations issues.  Povi-Tamu has facilitated community based workshops with INCITE! LA, Freedom Schools LA, Black Lives Matter-LA and others to build strong relationships and collaborations across difference.  

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Diya Chopra, Management Consultant, CoreTech Foundation
Diya Chopra is a Management Consultant with the CoreTech Foundation advising on all aspects of the foundation's management. Prior to joining CoreTech, Diya worked as an attorney in Toronto, where she focused on litigation both in private practice and in the nonprofit sector. She brings to CoreTech a unique combination of involvement in social justice, humanitarian issues, and intellectual property law. Among her many notable nonprofit experiences, Diya includes the Justice and Corporate Accountability Project, Ashoka, the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, MicroCapital, and the Windsor Mediation Clinic.  Diya received her law degree from the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, and her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Management from McGill University.

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Stephen Corwin, Founder, Compiler LA
Stephen Corwin is a software developer, urbanist, cyclist, and lifelong Angeleno. He is the founder of two companies; Compiler LA, a civic tech consultancy that uses tech and data to advocate for higher quality of life in cities, and CityGrows, a government tech startup providing a process management and open data platform for government employees. Stephen is a livable cities activist and is particularly interested studying how community and livability are affected by the physical form of our city. He is a committed public transit rider, and currently lives car-free in Downtown Los Angeles.


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Michael Graff-Weisner, VP of Programs & Government Relations, Chrysalis  
Michael Graff-Weisner is the VP of Programs & Government Relations at Chrysalis – a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping economically disadvantaged and homeless individuals become self-sufficient through employment opportunities. At Chrysalis, Michael oversees a team of 38 program staff who work across three centers in Los Angeles, serving over 4,000 individuals annually. Michael brings over 10 years’ experience in the nonprofit, private, and public sectors to his position at Chrysalis. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Michael received a BA in Economics and Spanish from Amherst College and a Master of Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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David Greco, Partner, Social Sector Partners
David Greco brings more than 25 years of experience in in driving the growth and impact of social sector organizations including successfully scaling programs, developing new products and services, expanding into new markets and business lines, and launching new revenue generating operations within nonprofit organizations.  David leads funders and nonprofit organizations to understanding what it really costs to achieve great outcomes, improving organization’s financially sustainability, and strategically repositioning organizations for greater impact. David served 10 years in the Air Force and Air Force Reserves and earned his MA from Villanova University and BS from Drexel University.

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Clark Hogan, CEO, CoreTech Foundation
Clark Hogan is CEO of the CoreTech Foundation which helps nonprofits use technology for social good.  Clark is a seasoned entrepreneur, having built a number of successful companies from the ground up. After thriving in commercial enterprises, he decided to devote his time to consulting nonprofits on how tech can help them achieve their missions. At CoreTech Clark works to leverage the open source movement in applying next generation IT systems, solutions, and methodologies to solve some of the world's most pressing problems.


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Scott Lensing, Project Manager, Chrysalis 
Scott Lensing is the Project Manager at Chrysalis, responsible for overseeing Chrysalis’ change initiatives at all three centers. Scott led the cross-departmental team of Chrysalis staff in creating, implementing, and monitoring the rollout of Chrysalis’ revamped client assessment tool. In addition to his PM role at Chrysalis, Scott has worked in operations for one of Chrysalis’ social enterprises (Chrysalis Staffing), as well as an Employment Specialist in the Client Services Department. Originally from the Bay Area, Scott received his BA in History and Economics from Georgetown University.
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Brooke Lykins, Chief Development Officer, Downtown Women’s Center
Brooke Lykins has served as Chief Development Officer of the Downtown Women’s Center for the past two years, overseeing a growth of more than 38% in annual contributed income. She specializes in holistic community-engagement approaches to fundraising and partnership development, and is an expert on the topic of service enterprises. Prior to her current post, Brooke was the Director of Development at UCP Wheels for Humanity, and has also served as a Clinton-Orfalea Fellow, forging and managing corporate partnerships on behalf of the William J. Clinton Foundation. Brook received her Master of Public Administration at USC’s Price School.

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Anne Miskey, Chief Executive Office, Downtown Women’s Center  
Anne Miskey joined the Downtown Women’s Center in 2016, following a five-year tenure as Executive Director of Funders Together to End Homelessness, which she grew into a thriving, nationally recognized organization with close to 200 members. She has traveled and spoken extensively on youth and veteran’s homelessness, as well as on how to build cross-sector initiatives that create community-wide change.  She has worked closely with First Lady’s Joining Forces Campaign, and the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Labor to rally support for housing, health, and employment services for vulnerable individuals.

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Leslie Robin, Senior Consultant, Center for Nonprofit Management
Leslie Robin is a Senior Project Director with the Center for Nonprofit Management.  A management consultant and executive coach with over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit philanthropic field, Leslie has worked at the local and national levels, fostering change and meeting social and community needs through strategic planning, leadership training and organizational development. She has worked with nonprofit organizations in the arts, education, environmental, Jewish communal, allied health and children’s agencies. Leslie has a MA in Urban Planning from New York University and BA in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

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Felicia Rosenfeld, Executive Director, Dance Resource Center.   
Felicia Rosenfeld serves as Executive Director of Dance Resource Center.  Felicia grew up in New York City and received a BA from Swarthmore College and JD from Fordham University School of Law. Before joining DRC, Felicia was co-Director of Pentacle (DanceWorks, Inc.), opening and overseeing Pentacle’s Los Angeles office from 2006 to 2015. Felicia has served as a panelist for the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the LA County Arts Commission.  She served on Steering Committee for the Arts for LA 2014 Convergence, and the New York City Department of Education Committee for Blueprint in the Arts. Felicia sits on the Board of Trustees of Dance/US and the Advisory Board of Show Box LA.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of Koreatown Youth and Community Center.

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Kaile Shilling, Executive Director of Arts, Incarcerated Youth Network (AIYN). 
Kaile Shilling has nearly two decades of experience working in and with nonprofits.  Prior to AIYN, she was the ED of the Violence Prevention Coalition, an organization serving hundreds of nonprofits across Los Angeles County.  At the VPC, she quadrupled its membership, stabilized its funding, and clarified the organizations mission and strategic plan.  She's also worked at Homeboy Industries, one of the leading gang intervention agencies in the nation. She holds a BS in Social Anthropology from Harvard University, and a Master of Theological Studies from Loyola Marymount University.

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Vera de Vera, Director - Community Building Initiative and Nonprofit Sustainability, California Community Foundation

Vera de Vera directs the California Community Foundation’s Community Building Initiative in El Monte and nonprofit sustainability initiatives for the foundation. Prior to joining the foundation in 2005, Vera served as the Senior Director for the Fannie Mae Foundation’s Western region and as a staffer for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, the California Association of REALTORS® and the late former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley. Vera served on a number of nonprofit boards of directors including Search to Involve Pilipino Americans and Visual Communications, and is currently a member of Southern California Public Radio’s Regional Advisory Committee. Vera holds a JD from Southwestern University School of Law and an MA in urban planning and a BA in Political Science from UCLA.

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Kimberly Wu, Youth and Parent Engagement Manager, Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Kimberly Wu is the Youth and Parent Engagement Manager at Advancing Justice-LA where she brings together youth and parents to envision and create local solutions to realize shared dreams for a better tomorrow.  Kimberly has worked in a variety of youth and community development initiatives around the country and the world, including direct services, organizing, and teaching in nonprofit and public sector organizations.  Kimberly holds a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science and Human Rights from Barnard College, Columbia University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Health through UC Berkeley, with a focus on examining social determinants to health.



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