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California Policy Webinar | From Marijuana to the Death Penalty: What Nonprofits & Philanthropy Need to Know About California's Ballot Propositions

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 -
10:30am to 11:30am PDT
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With 17 State propositions to vote on this November, the idea of studying them all is pretty daunting. So instead, you can listen to some of the smartest nonprofit policy folks in the state discuss the ones most relevant to nonprofits. If you’re only going to be part of one discussion this year on ballot propositions, this is the one to do.

We’ll take up:

  • What does it signify that this is the group of propositions Californians are facing this year?
  • How will these propositions affect nonprofits and their constituencies?
  • Who is giving the $452 million that will be spent on campaigning for and against these propositions?
  • What are the nonprofit pros and cons on key propositions?
  • What can and might your nonprofit do legally to let voters know your positions on various propositions?

As moderator, Jan Masaoka of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) will be prodding our speakers for their sharpest and most original thoughts on these important matters. She’ll be joined by Melissa Breach (League of Women Voters of California), Chris Hoene (California Budget and Policy Center), and Nancy Berlin (CalNonprofits Policy Director). We hope it will feel less like a webinar and more like having a very intriguing and fun lunch discussion.

[In case you’re wondering about the headline:

* Marijuana refers to Prop 64 Marijuana and Prop 61 Prescription Drug Prices, and

* Death Penalty refers to Prop 66 Death Penalty Procedures and Prop 62 Death Penalty Repeal.]

Come Join Us

During this interactive webinar you'll learn about:

  • For a lively discussion about what’s on the ballot and why
  • Learn about the pros and cons of a few of the key ballot measures
  • Hear why the issues on the ballot are important and what they would mean for the future of California

Target Audience

This program is free and open to current SCG, NCG, SDG, League of California Community Foundations and CalNonprofits members.


  • Melissa Breach, Executive Director, League of Women Voters of California
  • Chris Hoehne, Executive Director, California Budget and Policy Center
  • Nancy Berlin, Policy Director, CalNonprofits

The California Policy Forum is a series of webinars presented in partnership with CalNonprofits , Philanthropy California (a collaboration between Northern California Grantmakers, San Diego Grantmakers and Southern California Grantmakers), and the  League of California Community Foundations.

Speaker Bios

Melissa Breach
Executive Director, League of Women Voters of California

Melissa Breach is Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of California and the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund. The League is a statewide membership organization that has been a training ground for Democracy for over 100 years and is also a leading advocate for sound public policy and building a diverse, engaged, and informed electorate.  Before joining the League, Melissa was Director of Programs at the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin where she designed and led the acclaimed Emerging Leaders Program and developed the Rethinking Convention Wisdom and Conspiring for the Common Good conferences.  In addition, she is an experienced Organizational Development Consultant—with extensive experience consulting and training on the issues of governance, organizational sustainability, and change management.

Chris Hoene
Executive Director, California Budget and Policy Center

Chris Hoene became the Budget Center’s executive director in October 2012, bringing to the organization 15 years of leadership in state and local policy research and analysis. He leads the strategic direction of the organization, acts as primary spokesperson, and works with the board of directors and community partners to implement our vision and mission. Prior to joining the Budget Center, Chris was director of the Center for Research and Innovation at the National League of Cities in Washington, DC, leading efforts to analyze trends in local and state government and promote constructive policy action on issues including public finance, economic development, housing, poverty reduction, infrastructure, and governance.  Chris also previously worked for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, DC, and the Public Policy Institute of California in San Francisco.  

Nancy Berlin 
Policy Director, CalNonprofits

Nancy Berlin is Policy Director for California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits).  Nancy is part of a team working on many efforts, including lobbying and policy work with the state legislative and administrative branches; and Vote with Your Mission, the CalNonprofits initiative to encourage nonprofits to mobilize their staff, volunteers and constituents as voters.

Nancy was the former director of California Partnership and project coordinator for the Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger & Homelessness.  She is well known to the California nonprofit and advocacy community through her leadership in advocacy in Sacramento and throughout California. Recognitions include Outstanding Public Citizen of the Year Award from the California Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and the Community Building and Justice Award from Alexandria House. 

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