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2020 Ballot Measures: What, Why, and How to Advocate

Thursday, October 8, 2020 -
1:00pm to 2:15pm PDT
Zoom Webinar
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This November’s election will define the future of California policy amid a national pandemic, economic uncertainty, and racial injustice. Join us as we provide a brief overview of each measure. We will highlight key ballot initiatives of special interest to nonprofits and foundations: Propositions 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, and 25. Participants will learn how exempt organizations and philanthropy can engage in supporting or opposing measures while staying firmly within the legal boundaries of allowed advocacy. We invite all participants to engage in this event, and we will create ample space in our agenda to ensure we can answer your most pressing questions. We hope you can join us!


David Carroll, Vice President of Public Policy and Government Relations at Southern California Grantmakers (SCG)

David J. Carroll provides strategic leadership in the development, enhancement, and implementation of SCG’s policy advocacy and legislative agendas. In addition to his regional responsibility, David also leads the public policy and government affairs portfolio of Philanthropy California, the statewide alliance of Northern California, Southern California, and San Diego Grantmakers. David is a seasoned nonprofit professional with extensive experience in public policy, government relations, programming, and operations. He was a participant in many programs designed to serve at-risk youth and has a first-hand recognition of the value of these interventions. David began his career in the corporate sector but joined the nonprofit sector after becoming the victim of a violent crime committed by teenagers. His professional goal is to ensure young people benefit from educational and professional opportunities.

David graduated from Harris-Stowe State University, a Historically Black University, with a B.A. in Business Administration and Accounting. He earned an M.A. in Nonprofit Management from Washington University in St. Louis. David has completed several leadership programs, including the Neighborhood Leadership Academy held at the University of Missouri, The Nollau Institute for Servant Leaders, and the prestigious White-Riley-Peterson Fellowship on Public Policy. He has served on the Board of Directors for several organizations.

Lucy Salcido Carter, Public Policy Director at CalNonprofits

Lucy Salcido Carter, MA, JD is the Public Policy Director at the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits). Lucy directs policy initiatives that protect and promote California’s nonprofits. Her work includes developing and implementing campaigns that encourage advocacy and civic engagement among CalNonprofits’ more than 10,000 organizational members. Prior to joining CalNonprofits, Lucy served in leadership policy positions at the Youth Law Center, the Northern California Innocence Project, the San Mateo County Community College District, and the East Bay Community Foundation. Her accomplishments include successful legislative campaigns to ensure access to technology for foster youth, to require postsecondary education programs for high school graduates in juvenile detention, to strengthen legal claims of innocence in criminal cases, and to increase compensation and services for exonerees. She has published numerous articles on topics such as wrongful convictions, teen sexting, family team conferences, and batterer intervention programs, and recently served as author and managing editor for a special issue of the Juvenile and Family Court Journal on child exposure to domestic violence.

Lucy is a former program officer at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, a graduate of Stanford Law School, and a dedicated bluegrass musician. Her deep appreciation for the nonprofit community and commitment to addressing disparities throughout the state make her a great addition to our team.

First volunteer experience: One of Lucy’s first volunteer experiences was in middle school when she spent an afternoon a week playing with young children in a special program for children with developmental delays and other learning challenges. More recently, Lucy volunteered at Project Read where she taught English and reading to individuals in the men’s and women’s jails.

Crispin Delgado, Policy Director at Northern California Grantmakers (NCG)

As a native of Richmond, CA, Crispin’s childhood experiences shaped the path for a career focused on helping disinvested communities like his own. With over two decades of experience, Crispin brings to NCG rich lived and professional experience and a vision for advancing equity and social justice through an exciting policy agenda for our organization, our members, and the community we serve.

A seasoned philanthropic professional, Crispin served as program officer for Blue Shield of California Foundation where he worked to advance value-based care policy efforts in California and led signature programs, including the Clinic Leadership Institute. He arrived at philanthropy following several years as a leader within San Mateo County’s safety-net healthcare system. He most recently ran a thriving consulting practice where he developed philanthropic strategies to improve access to and quality of care for low-income communities.

When Crispin is not hiking around his neighborhood, you can find him in his kitchen replicating delicious Mexican dishes from his childhood or scrolling through endless French bulldogs videos. He is the proud uncle of seven beautiful nieces and nephews, all of whom pursued higher education to proudly serve as the changemakers of their generation. Crispin holds master's degree in public policy from the Goldman School at UC Berkeley.


Nona Randois, California Director at the Alliance for Justice (AFJ)

Nona leads AFJ’s Bolder Advocacy work in California. She supervises AFJ’s California team and ensures that AFJ offers expert training, resources, and technical assistance to support nonprofits and foundations conducting advocacy in our state. She is a thought leader who directs advocacy efforts to protect nonprofit advocacy rights and builds relationships with key partners.

Nona previously served as Directing Attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, where she and her team represented nonprofits in community economic development, land use, tax, real estate, and corporate matters. She also has experience in policy advocacy, employment law, strategic planning, and organizational capacity building. Before working at Legal Aid, Nona was a litigator at the Los Angeles office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Nona earned her law degree from Georgetown and bachelors’ degrees in International Relations and French from the University of Southern California. She is on the board of Strategic Actions for a Just Economy, a member of the LA Council on Immigrant Integration, and served on the City of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board for over a decade. She has also taught Public Policy and Law at the University of Southern California.


Laura Seaman, CEO of the League of California Community Foundations
Laura Seaman is CEO of the League of California Community Foundations, a statewide association of 30 community foundations serving over 95% of the population of California. Prior to joining the League she served as Associate Director of the Digital Civil Society Lab at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. She has also worked at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and The Asia Foundation.

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This program is open to current Northern California Grantmakers, SCG and SDG members, and eligible non-members


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