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25 Years After Loma Prieta and Days After Napa: Philanthropy’s Role in Mitigating the Impact of Disaster on the Most Vulnerable

Thursday, October 30, 2014 -
8:30am to 11:30am PDT
World Affairs Council
312 Sutter St #200, San Francisco, CA
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What disasters from Loma Prieta to Napa to Hurricane Sandy teach us is that everything that funders have done to address important issues from health to education to the safety net can disappear in seconds, minutes and sometimes days.

How do funders prepare communities and organizations for disasters and ensure that institutions and social supports can recover quickly? How can we as funders help kids get back to schools, families back to work, communities fed and nurtured,  prevent buildings from collapsing and infrastructure from imploding.

Using the lens of Loma Prieta, Napa, Katrina, Sandy and other disasters we'll talk about the role of philanthropy and nonprofit in preparing for, responding to, and mitigating disasters and how we can help communities get back to "normal."

Co-sponsored by The San Francisco Foundation and Walter & Elise Haas Fund

Come Join Us

  • Get an update on Napa Quake and how the community is responding

  • Discuss roles for all types of funders in mitigating and responding to natural and manmade disasters

  • Meet Chief Resiliency Officers from across the Bay Area. Learn about their work and opportunities for philanthropy

  • Reflect on Loma Prieta after 25 years and what still needs to be done


  • Terence Mulligan,  President, Napa Valley Community Foundation
  • Paul Ash, CEO, Food Bank of SF and Marin
  • Jessica Bartholow, Food Security Advocate , Western Center on Law and Poverty
  • Cissie Bonini, Former Director, St. Anthony Dining Room
  • Timothy Burroughs,  Chief Resilience Officer, City of Berkeley
  • Ashley McCumber, CEO, Meals on Wheels 
  • Patrick Otellini, Chief Resilience Officer, City and County of San Francisco
  • Kalima Rose, Senior Director, PolicyLink
  • Victoria Salinas, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Oakland
  • Landon Williams, Program Director for Community Development and Investment, San Francisco Foundation


Target Audience

Funders of all issue areas. This program is free and open to NCG members and invited guests. If you are not a member of NCG and would like to register for this program, please email

Draft Agenda

8.30 am

  Welcome, Introduction and Context Setting

8:50 am

  Presentation and Discussion of Napa Quake

9.20 am

  Roundtable 1: Safety Net/Food System

10:15 am

  Roundtable 2: Community and Economic Development

10:50 am

  Overview of 100 Resilient Cities followed by Q&A with Chief Resiliency Officers

11:20 am

  Closing Remarks