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Fire Call: Toward a Fair and Just Recovery

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 -
10:30am to 11:30am PST
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The fires are finally out. While human needs are still front and center, talk of rebuilding is also underway. At NCG, we’re paying special attention to insights from people outside the centers of power as they envision a community where everyone gets to contribute and everyone stands to gain. As philanthropy, we can leverage our resources, partnerships with community organizations, and our access to the decision-making table to elevate the role of communities whose knowledge we value and trust. 

Join us to hear ideas on where we go from here. We will learn how one community is developing their platform to meet the long-term needs of the residents. Another speaker will share the story of a newly-formed organization bringing cross-sector stakeholders together to explore human centered design for recovery. Speakers will also address the opportunity to support the growing Latino community infrastructure as well as a model for community engagement that has worked in other disaster-stricken areas of the country, particularly on affordable housing development. 


Ana Lugo, Steering Committee Member, Sonoma County Rises

Ana is President of the North Bay Organizing Project and coordinator of special projects for VOICES, a program of On The Move. A passionate and committed community member of Sonoma County, Ana has spent much of her time doing community work in her home city, Santa Rosa. Ana is currently working on several community projects and is part of Sonoma County Rises' steering committee, which aims to inform the recovery and rebuild process through a community wide listening strategy.

Davin Cardenas, Co-Director, North Bay Organizing Project

Cardenas is the Co-Director and founding staff of the North Bay Organizing Project in Sonoma County. The North Bay Organizing Project has been developing leaders and working on issues of immigration policy, education justice, public transportation policy, and tenant protections in Sonoma County for the last 7 years. Davin previously worked as the first community organizer at the outset of the Graton Day Labor Center, from 2004 - 2011, and graduated from Sonoma State University with a B.A. in Liberal Studies in 2004.

Jacquelyn Martinez Garcel, CEOLatino Community Foundation

LCF is the only statewide foundation solely focused on investing in Latino leaders. The mission of LCF is to unleash the power of Latinos in California. Jacqueline has led LCF through a critical stage of growth and expansion. Today, LCF leads the largest network of Latino philanthropists in the country. LCF has also established the first-ever Latino Non-Profit Accelerator in the country and facilitated a statewide voter mobilization campaign that reached eight million Latinos in 2016. Jacqueline is driven by a sense of urgency, justice, and determination to create opportunities for Latino to thrive economically and engage politically.

Previously, Jacqueline served as Vice President of the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth). As a founding staff member, she was a key advisor to the President and helped establish the foundation as a resource for policymakers and community leaders across the state. She played a central role in developing the foundation’s program areas and developing partnerships with national and local foundations. Prior to joining NYSHealth, Jacqueline served as the Executive Director of Community Voices in New York City. During her tenure, she developed, evaluated, and expanded programs to improve the health and quality of care for vulnerable populations.

Jacqueline has also served as a NIH fellow for the Merida Department of Public Health in Yucatan, Mexico, a faculty member for the Social Science Department of the Borough of Manhattan Community College, and an adjunct professor at the New York University Global Institute of Public Health. Jacqueline has been appointed to several Boards, including the Institute for Civic Leadership, NAMI-NYC Metro, and Grantmakers in Health. She currently serves on the KQED Community Advisory Panel and co-chairs the National Latino Funds Alliance (NLFA).

Jacqueline holds a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University. In her free time, Jacqueline enjoys hiking, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.

Laurie Schoeman, National Program Director of Resilience Initiatives, Enterprise Community Partners

Laurie is the National Program Director for resilience initiative for Enterprise Community Partners, a national nonprofit that makes well-designed homes affordable and strengthens communities. She oversees Enterprise's efforts to develop climate-resilient communities, helping them prepare for and respond to extreme weather events and other emergencies. Her team assists CDCs, cities, and states that want to protect their communities, particularly those with significant numbers of low-income Americans. Prior to joining Enterprise, Laurie developed innovative projects in California, including San Francisco's award-winning EcoCenter at Herons' Head Park, and led the effort to develop and pass the nation's first utility-sponsored environmental justice policy. In New York City she helped create the first rooftop urban-agriculture STEM education lab and is a leader in advocating for Zone Green, a set of zoning amendments, accompanied by supporting city and state legislation, to remove impediments to the construction and retrofitting of green buildings.


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Philanthropy California, League of California Community Foundations, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Council on Foundations, and United Philanthropy Forum.