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California's Race to Lead: The Racial Leadership Gap in the Golden State

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 -
8:30am to 11:00am PST
James Irvine Foundation Conference Center at the East Bay Community Foundation
353 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza | Oakland, CA 94612
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Following its groundbreaking national report on why America’s nonprofit sector has so few leaders of color, the Building Movement Project (BMP) will release CALIFORNIA’S RACE TO LEAD, a report examining the diversity of nonprofit leadership in the Golden State—a state widely acknowledged as a bellwether because of its diverse population and progressive values. Join us for a presentation on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 for a presentation of the Building Movement Project’s Race to Lead findings followed by panel respondents.

Presentation of California’s Race to Lead by:

Frances Kunreuther & Sean Thomas-Breitfeld

Co-Directors, Building Movement Project 

For more information on Building Movement Project and its previous Race to Lead reports, please visit:


Space is limited. RSVP is required by February 9, 2018. Click here to RSVP. 


Orson Aguilar is the President of the Greenlining Institute, one of the nation’s largest and most successful multi-ethnic, advocacy and leadership development nonprofits.  Greenlining envisions a nation where race is never a barrier to economic opportunity and communities of color thrive.  Because people of color will be the majority of our nation’s population by 2040, Greenlining believes that America will prosper only if communities of color prosper.Under Orson’s leadership, Greenlining has become a leading voice in the movement to fight redlining by advocating for greenlining policies, particularly in the areas of the economy, the environment, health, energy, voting, and telecommunications. He is a board member at the California Women’s Foundation and also sits on Bank of America’s Community Advisory Committee.  Orson received a BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an MPA from The University of Texas at Austin. 

Holly Delany Cole is the Director of Flexible Leadership Awards Program at the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. The Flexible Leadership Awards (FLA) helps the Fund’s grantees strengthen their leadership so they can get better results for their organizations and movements. The FLA program is an expression of the Fund’s profound respect and support for the nonprofit leaders who are doing the hard work that is vital to advancing rights and opportunities for all people. It is part of the Haas Leadership Initiatives, a fiscally-sponsored project of the Tides Center. Holly joined the Haas Leadership Initiatives in 2016. She brings more than three decades of experience helping nonprofit organizations become stronger and more effective at advancing social and economic justice. Previously, Holly spent 18 years working at Community Resource Exchange advising and coaching social equity organizations, most recently as the co-director. Holly has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Adelphi University and a graduate degree from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.

James W. Head is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the East Bay Community Foundation. Before coming to the Foundation in 2014, he served for 10 years as Vice President for Programs at The San Francisco Foundation, where he spearheaded initiatives on race, equity, poverty, housing, economic development, and youth development.

James has more than 30 years of experience in philanthropy, nonprofit management and technical assistance; community and economic development; and public interest and civil rights law. Prior to joining The San Francisco Foundation, he was president of the National Economic Development and Law Center for 18 years.

James holds a juris doctorate from the University of Georgia School of Law. He has been an adjunct professor at University of California at Berkeley’s Boalt School of Law, University of California at San Francisco’s Hastings School of Law, and University of Santa Clara’s School of Law.

Surina Khan is CEO of the Women’s Foundation of California where she leads the Foundation’s work to advance the health, safety, and economic security of women, girls and transgender people in California. The Foundation’s program strategy is focused on building community-based power through investing in community organizations, training community leaders in policy advocacy, convening key partners, and mobilizing significant financial resources. For more than two decades, Surina has been a leader in the philanthropic and non-profit social justice sector starting with local community-based publishing in New England and then shifting to national and global work on an array of social justice issues including women’s rights, LGBT rights, human rights and more. She is a recognized advocate for gender, racial, and economic justice and a frequent commentator on the power of women’s philanthropy.