Bay Area Funder Network on Trauma and Resilience: Kick-off Meeting

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 -
12:00pm to 2:30pm PDT
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear St., Suite 360 | San Francisco, CA 94105
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Join us for the first meeting of the Bay Area Funder Network on Trauma and Resilience! This new funder group will meet quarterly and is designed to provide a forum for learning, debate, and relationship building around topics related to the field of childhood adversity and resilience. The vision for this network is to foster a vibrant, engaging funder learning community that meaningfully increases the impact of individual and collective efforts to address adversity and build resilience in the Bay Area.

Alex Briscoe, a consultant to the Zellerbach Family Foundation, will present a model developed in collaboration with experts in pediatrics, mental health, education, and youth development to frame and understand the complex and often fragmented safety net for children in California.

Meeting Goals

  • Introduce the network and its goals

  • Create space for networking, relationship-building, and sharing around current initiatives

  • Test a unifying framework to guide the development of a coordinated, strategic action plan for addressing childhood adversity and fostering child and youth wellbeing

  • Stretch goal: Identify synergies and opportunities for collaboration


Alex Briscoe is an independent consultant. Previously he served as the director of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency after being appointed in January 2010. Previously he served as the agency's deputy director. Before joining the county, he was the director of the Chappell Hayes Health Center at McClymonds High School in West Oakland. The Chappell Hayes Health Center is a satellite outpatient center of Children's Hospital and Research Center at Oakland. Mr. Briscoe earned a B.A. from Vassar College in urban studies and a master's in marriage and family counseling from the University of San Francisco. He is a mental health practitioner specializing in adolescent services and youth development. Mr. Briscoe has worked in school reform and the charter school movement, including work with YouthBuild USA, the Corporation For National and Community Service and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. He has also worked in the foundation community as a program officer for the Greater Philadelphia First Foundation and the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition. He has specialized in revenue-producing social justice programming, youth voice and crisis counseling.