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Community Driven Narrative Power

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm PDT
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California’s 2020 election presented voters with the opportunity to weigh in on critical propositions that had the potential to advance racial equity and social justice. While there was a strong voter turnout in California, the aftermath of the 2020 election uncovered faults in our democracy.

Our local movement builders require increased capacity and resources to confront the rise of corporate power, voter suppression, and misinformation. Join us to learn more about the need for strategic communications infrastructure within California’s power-building ecosystem.

In one year, the Million Voters Project (MVP) created the strategic communications infrastructure necessary to implement a large-scale narrative campaign to build support for civic participation, corporate accountability, and advance support for a government that cares for us.

Speakers 

Judith Bell, Chief Impact Officer, San Francisco Foundation 

Judith brings extensive experience in strategic planning and policy development, with a focus on economic and social equity to the Foundation.

Previous to joining the Foundation, Judith was the President of PolicyLink where she had been since its inception, becoming President in 2004. Her leadership helped ignite a new national narrative around access and opportunity for all people with a focus on improving health and infrastructure, including increasing access to healthy foods! 

 

Jung Hee, Deputy Director, Power California 

Jung Hee is a plotter, schemer and a dreamer for social justice. For over 20 years, she has been designing and leading strategies that help organizations win campaigns, change narratives and lift community voices. From 2006-2014, Jung Hee was the communications director and chief architect of the communications program and strategies at Community Coalition in South Los Angeles. In her time at the Coalition she worked on numerous policy campaigns that resulted in millions of dollars for schools, community-driven public safety policies and greater resources for communities and families. Prior to joining Power California, Jung Hee was a consultant working with some of Southern California's top social justice organizations to develop smart, high impact communications, media and narrative strategies. She joined Power California's team in 2018 as the senior communications director. In 2019 she became the Associate Director, Communications & Policy Strategies. In her current role as Deputy Director, she oversees strategies and campaigns to build the power of young people, shift narrative and advance policies that will transform California to a more just and equitable state for all. Jung Hee is also a founding mentor, former senior advisor and current advisory board member of Reframe, a national organization building narrative power to win. 

Victor Suarez, Strategic Communications Director, California Calls  

Victor leads the California Calls’ Communications Team and spearheads narrative and digital campaigns in support of powerbuilding efforts. He also assists in maintaining key partnerships with a statewide network of communicators and narrative strategists. 
Before joining California Calls, Victor worked at NationBuilder, a technology company that builds software for political campaigns and advocacy organizations. There he managed client accounts for political campaigns and NGO’s throughout the U.S and Latin America, helping teams leverage digital organizing tools. A native of East Los Angeles and the son of immigrants, he began his work in advocacy as an Immigration Paralegal in Los Angeles, working with asylum seekers and clients in deportation proceedings. Victor is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he received a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science in 2011.  

Dr. Sandra Witt, Managing Director: Power Infrastructure Statewide 

Dr. Sandra Witt is a Managing Director with Programs and Partnership at The California Endowment . She leads the newly formed Power Infrastructure Statewide team responsible for working collaboratively with community and philanthropic partners to grow a statewide power-building infrastructure for transformative change that advances racial and health justice.   Dr. Witt has been with The Endowment for nearly 10 years serving as Director, Healthy Communities, North, in the Building Healthy Communities (BHC) Initiative. She wasresponsible for advancing the vision, strategic direction, and supporting colleagues in meeting the goals and outcomes of the place-based efforts in Northern California. She has served as the co-lead and founder of the internal staff Equity and Inclusion workgroup and supported the Advancing Racial Equity internal planning efforts.  Before coming to TCE, Sandra worked at the Alameda County Public Health Department for over 14 years most recently as the Deputy Director, Planning, Policy and Health Equity. Sandra holds a Doctorate in Public Health degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Sandra’s family is originally from Ecuador. She lives in the East Bay. 

Target Audience

This program is open to all funders.

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