Join us for an informal lunch that NCG will provide and a book discussion on Ibram X. Kendi’s How to be an Anti-Racist. Following our successful event with a talk by Ibram X. Kendi and a conversation with john a. powell and Lateefah Simon on How to be an Anti-Racist, we’re hosting a discussion to engage members who want to delve in with the specifics of the book. What will it take for individuals and institutions to put anti-racist policies into practice? How can we apply anti-racist policies in our institutions and the philanthropic sector?
Alice Y. Hom, Director of Equity and Social Justice, Northern California Grantmakers
Alice is a community builder invested in bridging diverse and overlapping communities for social change. As the Director of Equity and Social Justice, Alice will focus on racial equity with an intersectional lens that brings multiple issues, communities, and sectors together to build on the common good. Before joining NCG, Alice was a Soros Equality Fellow where she created a podcast and a digital archive on activism by LGBTQ People of Color. Prior to that, Alice worked as the Director of the Queer Justice Fund at Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy.
She serves on the boards of California Humanities and Borealis Philanthropy and on the Advisory Council for the Conscious Style Guide. Alice is a historian with a PhD from Claremont Graduate University, an M.A. from UCLA, and B.A. from Yale University. In her spare time, you can find Alice working on her podcast, Historically Queer, or enjoying the culinary delights of restaurants and bakeries with friends and family.
Maya Thornell-Sandifor, Director of Racial Equity Initiatives, Borealis Philanthropy
Maya has over fifteen years of experience in social justice philanthropy. She recently was the Director of Learning Strategy at Philanthropy Northwest in Seattle, designing and implementing program services for grantmakers in a six-state region of the Pacific Northwest. The last few years, Maya has been intentionally focused on helping foundation staff and trustees strengthen their capacity to apply a racial equity lens in grantmaking and program initiatives. Working with the team at Philanthropy Northwest, she launched a racial equity speaker series, a grantmaking with an equity lens training, facilitated a racial equity funders group, and led the Momentum Fellowship to bring diverse untapped talent into the philanthropic sector. This last year, Maya worked with community leaders and funders to design the Creative Equity Fund, a pooled fund to invest in arts and culture strategies to move racial justice in King County, Washington.
Prior to her role at Philanthropy Northwest, Maya consulted with nonprofits and funders on program design, managing organizational change and creating effective cultures. As a senior Associate for Social Policy Research Associates, she worked for national and federal funders to design learning processes and support grantees in evaluating their own impact.
As a funder, Maya spent nine years at the Women’s Foundation of California as the Senior Program Officer, investing in organizations working to address systems change for economic, reproductive, and environmental justice to benefit women and girls of color throughout the state. She believes in a strengths-based leadership, peer to peer learning and utilizing a coaching stance in her facilitation practice. Maya is a certified diversity professional and has a Masters in Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco.
This event is open to NCG members and non-member funders only.