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California Policy Forum: What is Redistricting and Why Should the Nonprofit Community Care?

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT
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The anticipation of 2020 continues to grow, particularly as California prepares for the census, redistricting, and elections. Organizations and communities continue to work tirelessly to coordinate and align their efforts to ensure that each person is counted and represented in our democracy. While the 2020 Census is on the immediate horizon, communities will also begin to prepare in early 2020 for redistricting. Communities’ representation and, as a result, their influence in the public decisions that affect their lives for the entire decade that follows, hinges on a strong redistricting process that includes people from across the wide range of diverse Californians.

What is the role of nonprofits, foundations, and government to ensure that Californians are represented fairly? Join us to learn about the timeline, key activities, and roles we can all play to ensure Californians of all backgrounds have a strong voice in the public sphere for the decade to come.


Amy Dominguez- Arms, Consultant, Philanthropy California (Moderator)

Amy Dominguez-Arms is a philanthropic consultant who supports foundations on program strategy, design and implementation, grantmaking, and assessment on a range of social issues. She currently is working with Philanthropy California, on its Fair Representation Fund. Other current and past clients include Barr Foundation, College Futures Foundation, Democracy Fund, Ford Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, and Packard Foundation.

Previously, Dominguez-Arms served as Vice President for Programs for The James Irvine Foundation, where she oversaw a $75 million grantmaking portfolio focused primarily on youth and democracy issues. Earlier she served as the foundation’s California Democracy Program Director, where she led grantmaking on the 2010 census, redistricting reform, election system reforms, immigrant integration, and voter and civic engagement. Prior to joining the foundation, Dominguez-Arms served as Vice President of Children Now, a nonprofit research and advocacy organization. Amy serves on the boards of the National Immigration Forum and NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School). Dominguez-Arms earned her Master in Public Administration at Harvard University’s Kennedy School and her bachelor’s degree at Stanford University.

Efrain Escobedo, Vice President, Education and Immigration, California Community Foundation

Efrain Escobedo is vice president in charge of education and immigration programs at California Community Foundation. Escobedo has had an extensive career, dedicated to increasing civic engagement and ensuring public policies and institutions not just serve but also empower our communities.  He has worked nationally and locally on efforts to increase citizenship, voter participation, and the Census and is recognized nationally and locally as an active leader and expert in Latino civic engagement and elections policy.

Aarti Kohli, Executive Director, Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus

Aarti Kohli is the Executive Director of Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus. Previously the Deputy Director, Aarti Kohli is an experienced nonprofit lawyer, manager, and philanthropic advisor with more than fifteen years of experience in issues impacting low-income and undocumented immigrants. Before her role as Deputy Director, Aarti led her consulting practice. Aarti managed politics of demographic change and immigration reform at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

Aarti was also the Director of Immigration Policy at the Warren Institute at UC Berkeley School of Law, where she led the institute’s immigration initiative on issues of equity for immigrant families, particularly access to education, employment, and legal protections in the deportation process.  Formerly, she worked on a range of issues, from bankruptcy to voting rights, as Judiciary Committee counsel to Representative Howard Berman (D-CA).  Before working for Congress she served as Assistant Legislative Director at UNITE union in Washington, DC where she lobbied on behalf of low-income garment workers.

Connie Malloy, Executive Director, Panta Rhea Foundation; Commissioner, California Citizens Redistricting Commission

Connie Archbold Malloy serves as Executive Director of the Panta Rhea Foundation (PRF), a private foundation devoted to building a just and sustainable world. The Foundation advises and partners with individual donors and other charitable entities on grantmaking strategies.

She previously served as Portfolio Director at The James Irvine Foundation’s Los Angeles office. During her seven-year tenure, she deployed over $200 million in grants to support economic and workforce development, voter and civic engagement, Pay for Success, and the foundation’s annual Leadership Awards.

Ms. Malloy also serves on the National Advisory Board of the Funders Committee for Civic Participation and the local board of Southern California Grantmakers. She earned her master’s degree in urban planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree from La Sierra University in Riverside, CA. Commissioner Malloy is registered as No Party Preference and lives in the City of Pasadena in Los Angeles County.

Anthony Thigpenn, Founder and President, California Calls; The Black Census and Redistricting Hub 

Anthony Thigpenn, a Los Angeles-based community organizer for more than 30 years, serves as Chief Strategist of California Calls, a powerful alliance of 31 organizations in 12 counties around the state. The centerpiece of California Calls is to achieve progressive, long-term tax and fiscal policy reform by engaging underrepresented, low-income voters in-state public policy decision-making.

Mr. Thigpenn is widely recognized as a leading expert in grassroots, civic engagement technology, and programs. He ran successful field campaigns for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Congresswoman Karen Bass, State Senator Kevin de León, and former City Councilmember Martin Ludlow, among others.

Mr. Thigpenn is also the founder and president of Strategic Concepts in Organizing & Policy Education (SCOPE), a grassroots organization formed in South Los Angeles shortly after the 1992 uprising in the city. It was formerly known as AGENDA.

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This webinar is open to everyone.





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