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EPIP Bay Area | Leader Salon

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 -
5:30pm to 7:30pm PST
Wells Fargo Community Space
333 Market Street | San Francisco, CA
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NCG is proud to co-sponsor this event, presented by Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy Bay Area (EPIP Bay Area). NCG members will receive the same discounted price that EPIP members recieve.

We all want to make an impact with our work in philanthropy, but it’s not always clear how to chart our own leadership paths. Join us for a conversation and insight into how others have found success featuring EPIP alumni and other accomplished philanthropic professionals.

From different career backgrounds and career stages, our speakers will dive into their personal experiences, discuss what worked to get them where they are today, and how they overcame barriers along the way. After the panel, you’ll get a chance to talk with the speakers in small group discussions with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy.

This is a great opportunity to connect with the EPIP Bay Area community—join us for drinks, appetizers, and good conversation!


Charles Fields, Chief of Staff and Planning, The James Irvine Foundation 

Charles Sidney Fields joined the Irvine Foundation’s San Francisco office in late August 2016. He has more than a decade of leadership experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, funding and supporting social change organizations to achieve greater impact.

He previously served as a Senior Program Manager for The California Endowment. There he was responsible for strategy development, grantmaking, and leadership activities in Southern California. He also co-developed and managed Sons & Brothers, the Endowment’s $50 million grantmaking and leadership program focused on improving the health, wellness, and opportunity of boys and young men of color. During his tenure there, he co-developed a $260 million public-private loan fund, the FreshWorks Fund, to increase access to healthy foods and spur economic development in underserved communities in California.

Prior to the Endowment, Charles was a grantmaker at the Marguerite Casey Foundation, managing a $8 million portfolio of grants focused on community economic development, civic engagement, educational equity, violence prevention, and family support.

Charles was also an Initiative Coordinator and Neighborhood and Community Development Fellow at the San Francisco Foundation, where he provided day-to-day management of the West Oakland Initiative. Other positions of note include: Social Action and Policy Coordinator for The National Community Building Network in Oakland; Empowerment Zone Coordinator for the Transportation Resource Information Project in Cincinnati, Ohio; and Organizer and Economic Development Specialist for Welcome House (Northern Kentucky Welfare Reform Task Force) in Covington, Kentucky.

Charles currently serves as the chair of the Edward W. Hazen Foundation and was recently awarded a German Marshall Memorial Fellowship to Europe.

Fields has his master’s in education and bachelor’s in organizational communications from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Shalini Iyer, Director of Programs, Metta Fund

As Metta Fund’s Director of Programs, Shally oversees all aspects of the foundation’s communications and grantmaking strategy as well as the Fund’s convening, collaboration, and community partnership work. Prior to joining Metta Fund, Shally worked as a local Bay Area strategic grantmaker at The San Francisco Foundation in the Community Health Program and within the Partnership for HOPE SF, a citywide public-private partnership to increase economic opportunity for low-income families in San Francisco. A native of the East Coast, Shally was formerly with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, and led the evaluation work of their Tobacco Policy and Control Program. She is a passionate advocate for social and racial justice and serves on a number of non-profit boards as well as leadership positions in local affinity groups. She was selected as a 2016 Terrance Keenan Institute Fellow for Emerging Leadership in Health Philanthropy by Grantmakers in Health. Shally has an undergraduate degree as well as a Master of Public Health, both from the University of Pennsylvania.

Raquiba LaBrie, Program Director, Education Equity, The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

Raquiba joined the Haas, Jr. Fund in 2017 after serving for three years as director of community investment with L+M Development Partners in New York City. Her work with the affordable housing developer focused on the design and management of a grantmaking program aimed at strengthening low-income communities of color in the city by investing in academic enrichment, workforce development and urban agriculture.

Raquiba also worked for 13 years with the Open Society Foundations, managing grantmaking programs on racial justice, immigrant and LGBT rights, Black male achievement, neighborhood stabilization, criminal justice, and other priorities.

Raquiba started her career in a New York City-based law practice working with foundations and public charities. Raised in East Oakland, she graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a degree in English. She also holds a law degree from Harvard University.

(Moderator) Kate Seely, Director, Leadership, Culture and Community, Northern California Grantmakers

Kate is the Director of Leadership, Culture and Community. In this role, she directs NCG’s professional and leadership development work, and guides our focus on organizational culture as a leverage point for impact.

Before working in philanthropy, Kate co-founded the nonprofit Puente a la Salud Comunitaria in Oaxaca, Mexico, a community development organization focused on public health, economic development, and sustainable agriculture. She proudly chairs the board there, and serves on the board of her amazing summer camp, the Bar 717 Ranch, and the nonprofit NewStories. She spent a transformative year completing a Master's in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability, where she deepened her own understanding of the type of leadership and organizational culture that is needed to achieve both environmental and social sustainability.

In her life beyond work, she loves farms, farmers, cooking, eating, canning, community, nature, hiking and backpacking. On Sundays you can find her working the farmers market for her friends' farm in Sebastopol. She hopes you’ll come and visit.

Edward Wang, Director of Corporate Philanthropy, Tides

As the Director of Corporate philanthropy, Edward is responsible for managing Tides’ key corporate partnerships and expanding Tides’ service offerings to new and existing partners. Prior to that, Edward was the Senior Advisor for Program Innovation, managing a portfolio of Tides’ donor advised funds, contract management accounts, and fiscally-sponsored projects. Edward has more than sixteen years of experience working in the nonprofit sector. He has designed and facilitated networks that bring together donors, cross-sector institutions, and multi-stakeholder initiatives to collaborate on various issues, with a goal of expanding and scaling participation and impact. Before joining Tides, he was the Development Manager for World Savvy, an education nonprofit dedicated to closing the global competency gap in K-12 schools in the U.S. In this capacity, Edward managed all aspects of resource development for the organization, helping to more than double its annual revenue and grow its programs nationally. He also worked as the Development Officer for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, responsible for building the organization's individual giving program and expanding support from institutional funders. Additionally, Edward worked for the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University and the China National Symphony Orchestra; he advised on several multi-cultural projects, including the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra’s performance at the opening celebrations of 2008 Beijing Games. Edward cares deeply about social justice issues and actively volunteers with community organizations. Edward has an MA in Arts Policy & Administration from The Ohio State University and a BA in English Linguistics & Literature from Beijing Language & Culture University.