The legislation currently being debated in Washington, DC and Sacramento could result in significant changes for the philanthropy sector and our communities.
Building on the success of last year's Conference, we are once again partnering with the California Budget & Policy Center, which engages in independent fiscal and policy analysis and public education with the goal of improving public policies affecting the economic and social well-being of low- and middle-income Californians. At this event, we will come together to take an in-depth look at the latest policy analysis and research and to prepare for and address key issues impacting our work. This year's conference will have a special focus on the 2020 Census, supporting full federal and state funding for a fair and accurate count, as well as higher education policy changes.
We hope you can join us on April 23rd for a day of candid conversations about our sector's role in advocacy efforts that strengthen our communities. Stay tuned for more details!
The Honorable Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State
Alex Padilla was sworn in as California Secretary of State on January 5, 2015. Previously, he served in the California State Senate (2006-2014) where he chaired the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications. Padilla graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. He recently completed a five-year term as a member of the MIT Corporation (Board of Trustees). Previously, he worked for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and then-Assemblymember Tony Cardenas. In 1999, at the age of 26, he was elected to the Los Angeles City Council to represent the east San Fernando Valley community where he grew up. In 2001, his colleagues elected him to the first of three terms as Council President, becoming the youngest member and the first Latino to serve in this capacity. In 2005, Padilla was elected President of the League of California Cities. In 2006, he was elected to the California State Senate. He was reelected in 2010. Padilla previously served as President of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), a non-partisan organization made up of more than 6,000 federal, state and local officials dedicated to all aspects of civic engagement.
Ashley Swearengin, President and CEO, Central Valley Community Foundation
Ashley Swearengin is the President and CEO of the Central Valley Community Foundation, a charitable foundation serving the six counties of Central California and providing over $110 million in funding to over 650 community benefit organizations. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as the mayor of Fresno from 2009 through 2016. As mayor, she focused her efforts on improving distressed neighborhoods, revitalizing the downtown and urban core, promoting business and job growth, securing the city’s long-term water supply, addressing chronic homelessness and stabilizing the city’s financial position. Before becoming mayor, she led a number of community and economic development initiatives in the Central Valley, including the Governor’s Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley, Fresno State’s Office of Community and Economic Development and the Central Valley Business Incubator. She sits on numerous boards of organizations dedicated to economic empowerment and educational attainment, including the College Futures Foundation, California Competes, California Forward, New America and FUSE Corps. She holds MBA and BS degrees from California State University, Fresno.
Dr. Timothy P. White, Chancellor of the California State University (CSU)
Dr. Timothy P. White is chancellor of the California State University. As chancellor, he leads a university of 23 campuses and a global community of 479,000 students, 50,000 faculty and staff and more than 3.3 million alumni. He also leads the CSU as it embarks on an ambitious systemwide plan – Graduation Initiative 2025 – to increase graduation rates, decrease time to degree and eliminate achievement gaps for
all students by recruiting more faculty, hiring more advisors and student-support staff, providing new tools and adding thousands of more classes over the next decade. Prior to joining CSU, White held senior academic and administrative positions at the University of Michigan, Oregon State University, University of Idaho and at University of California campuses in Berkeley and Riverside. White deeply believes in and is a product of California’s Master Plan for Higher Education, having pursued his higher education from Diablo Valley Community College, Fresno State, California State University, East Bay and the University of California, Berkeley.