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Disruption and Diversity: Using Capital to Combat Displacement and Gentrification

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 -
11:30am to 2:00pm PST
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear St., Suite 360 | San Francisco, CA 94105
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The Bay Area, driven by the tech economy, has become a symbol of disruption and dynamism. The region’s economic engine is attracting jobs and spurring speculation, but this transformation is reshaping the geography into a sprawling mega-region marked by displacement and inequality. Steeply rising housing costs push out and exclude low-income residents, fundamentally changing the culture of the region. More than 60% of low income households in the region are experiencing or at risk of displacement.  

Strong community organizers are at the front lines of this transformation, and the philanthropic community has historically supported their efforts with grantmaking dollars. How can we leverage more diverse sources of capital and increase investment in one of our most challenging social problems?

Join Confluence Philanthropy and Northern California Grantmakers for a deep conversation about the role of strategic investments in combatting displacement, from collaborative grantmaking to market rate investments. We will learn from on-the-ground organizers, experienced grantmakers and community-driven development initiatives about the needs and opportunities for investing in a diverse and equitable Bay Area.   


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Who Should Attend

This event is open to members of Confluence Philanthropy and Northern California Grantmakers. Non-members interested in attending this event may contact Brandy Davis, Investor Program Director at Confluence Philanthropy at  


Craig Adelman, Managing Director-SPARCC Initiative, LIIF
Craig Adelman began his career in real estate and community development in 1993 on the building and design end of the industry. With more than 20 years of development, lending and public sector experience, Craig now serves as LIIF’s Managing Director of SPARCC, a national initiative investing in and amplifying local efforts in six regions to make sure that major new investments lead to equitable and healthy opportunities for everyone. Craig has previously lead AMCAL Multi-Housing’s Northern California office, served as the Deputy Director for San Francisco’s Mayor’s Office of Housing, was a Vice President at AF Evans Development, and a Vice President at Bank of America. Craig also spent 10 years with the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) after graduating from U.C. Berkeley, where he studied architecture and business.

Gloria Bruce, Executive Director, East Bay Housing Organizations

Gloria is Executive Director at East Bay Housing Organizations, the leading advocacy coalition promoting affordable housing in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.  She oversees all aspects of organizational development and leads several policy and coalition campaigns. Prior to joining EBHO in 2010, Gloria worked at The San Francisco Foundation, making grants to support affordable housing, safety net services, and neighborhood revitalization.  Gloria has over 15 years of experience in social justice and community development in the Bay Area, Boston, and her native Washington, D.C. area.  She has a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. from Harvard University.  She serves on the boards of EveryOne Home and the California Reinvestment Coalition.  She lives in Oakland with her wife and two young sons.

Alexandra Desautels, Program Manager-Strategy Development and Dissemination, The California Endowment

Alexandra Desautels joined The California Endowment in January 2014 as Program Manager for Strategy Development and Dissemination. In that role, Desautels is responsible for working with key senior-level Building Healthy Communities (BHC) staff to sharpen the core elements of the BHC strategy and disseminate this strategy to key audiences and venues. Desautels also leads strategic initiatives that span multiple BHC sites, including initiatives related to displacement and gentrification, criminal justice reform, and governing for racial equity.

Prior to joining The Endowment, Desautels served as the Local Policy Manager for the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD). While there, she oversaw the implementation of Place Matters, ACPHD’s first local policy initiative for advancing health equity through social and environmental policy change in criminal justice, economics, education, housing, land use, and transportation.

Other positions held at ACPHD include serving as the Community Health Advisor to Oakland Mayor’s office where she advised the Mayor and his staff on the health equity implications of various policy issues, and serving on numerous technical advisory boards, including the West Oakland Specific Plan, a Metropolitan Transportation Commission study on health facility locations and access to transit, Oakland Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative, and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Advisory Council. Before joining ACPHD, Desautels worked in youth development in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

She is the recipient of the Mabel Goode Management and Planning Award and the Davenport Research Award for Public Policy. Desautels earned her B.A. in American Studies, with honors, from Wesleyan University in Middleton, CT, and her Master of Social Welfare (MSW) with a Management, Planning and Policy focus from the University of California, Berkeley.

Sarah Frankfurth, Manager-Collaborative Philanthropy, Northern California Grantmakers

Sarah is passionate about connecting people, exploring new ideas and figuring out how to make things work. She brings these skills, along with a background in program design, network development and learning communities to her work at NCG. As the Manager of Collaborative Philanthropy, Sarah focuses on the work of the Nonprofit Displacement Project and works with NCG’s collaborative philanthropy groups. Before joining NCG, Sarah provided strategic leadership for an organization that built innovative leadership in the reproductive health, rights and justice sector. Prior to that, Sarah designed and implemented multiple grant programs and learning networks focused on the social determinants of health and safety net healthcare innovation for the Center for Care Innovations. Sarah received a bachelor’s degree in literary studies with a minor in Latin from the University of Minnesota –Twin Cities. She loves to sew fun clothes and is a bookworm who is very proud to have passed that trait on to her two children.

Elizabeth Wampler, Initiative Officer-Great Communities Collaborative, San Francisco Foundation

As Initiative Officer for GCC, Elizabeth leads the programmatic work of the collaborative, working with grantees and partners to move TOD planning into implementation and identifying and providing technical assistance. Before coming to TSFF, Elizabeth worked for Reconnecting America where she was deeply engaged in transit and TOD-focused technical assistance projects at the regional and the corridor scale in the San Francisco Bay Area, Denver, Los Angeles and Twin Cities. Elizabeth co-authored several publications including Are We There Yet? Creating Complete Communities for 21st Century America. Elizabeth created typologies as a tool for implementing TOD; developed strategies for housing preservation and production in transit-rich locations; and explored the connection between jobs, workforce development and transit. Prior to Reconnecting America, Elizabeth worked on the southwest side of Chicago with local nonprofits on pressing community development issues. She attended the University of Chicago as an undergraduate, and received a Masters of City Planning from the University of California at Berkeley.