The Blue Shield Foundation of California, in partnership with the California Funders for Boys and Men of Color, Northern California Grantmakers, and the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color (ABMoC), invite you to a funder's briefing for Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM).
This virtual event will be an opportunity for members of the philanthropic community to learn about the work happening to implement healing-centered, non-carceral, and community-based approaches to ending cycles of intimate partner violence in California.
Through a panel discussion with partners of ABMoC's Healing Together campaign, we hope to lift up the transformative work underway such as alternatives to 911 responses, men's healing initiatives, and transforming public systems to reach and invest in the most vulnerable communities.
Lucia Corral Peña (she/her) is a senior program officer for Blue Shield of California Foundation, leading the Foundation's work to break the cycle of domestic violence and overseeing the portfolio of grants to prevent domestic and family violence.
Prior to her role at the Foundation, Ms. Corral Peña was principal of Corral Peña Consulting, where her practice focused on creating opportunities for diverse and low-income communities, addressing the unmet needs of immigrants, agricultural workers, and women in California. With 20 years of programmatic and grantmaking experience, Ms. Corral Peña has contributed to national- and regional-level collaboratives on Latino leadership, reproductive justice, and civic engagement projects across Northern California and the Central Valley. She previously served as director of the Western Region for Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP), where she managed the organization's award-winning Funders' Collaborative for Strong Latino Communities in five states. She has also served as program director at The California Wellness Foundation where she focused on state and local projects promoting the health of California's low-wage workforce.
Ms. Corral Peña received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. She is a member of the California State Bar. She has served as pro bono counsel and on a variety of nonprofit boards, including Equal Rights Advocates and Centro Legal de La Raza. She currently serves on the boards of Sisters of St. Joseph Health Care Foundation and Northern California Grantmakers, and is founding member of the California Gender Justice Funders Collaborative.
Sergio Cuellar (he/him) is a program manager with the Sierra Health Foundation and The Center. Sergio manages the California Funders for Boys and Men of Color. He brings a deep commitment to health and racial equity, extensive nonprofit experience working with and for youth and young adults, and a passion to support and empower communities of color. Sergio has a background in Youth Participatory Action Research and education policy.
Previously, Sergio has served as the Statewide Campaign Director of Californians for Justice, and as Director of Programs for Youth In Focus. Sergio also is a co-founding member of Escuelas Si! Pintas No!, a Central Valley Youth Organizing Coalition focused on dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline. Sergio served as the Community Engagement Coordinator with the Center for Regional Change at UC Davis. Sergio earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in U.S. History with an emphasis on U.S.- Latin American Relations from California State University, Fresno and recently earned his Masters in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.
Marc Philpart (he/him) has deep expertise, networks, and experience in the boys and men of color field. As the leader of the PolicyLink boys and men of color team, he provides technical assistance in support of My Brother’s Keeper communities, is a consultant for the Executives’ Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color, serves on the board of the R.I.S.E. collaborative for boys and men of color, is the principal coordinator for the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color--the nation's only statewide network improving outcomes for boys and men of color, and oversees the development of new, strategic PolicyLink partnerships and projects that contribute to the overall health and success of BMOC, their families, and communities. Marc has been a leader in the BMOC field for nearly a decade. Prior to joining PolicyLink, Marc worked in the president’s office at PATH, a nonprofit global health organization. He holds master's degrees in public affairs and public health from the University of Washington in Seattle and earned his BA in History from Xavier University of Louisiana. In his spare time he enjoys international travel, reading, and the paradoxical life of being a fitness junkie and foodie.
Cat Brooks (she/her) has been engaged in the struggle against state violence for well over a decade. After losing her father at the age of eight to the Nevada Penitentiary System, she continued to witness the ways in which law enforcement brutalized Black and Brown communities. In 2009, after years of organizing around a myriad of social justice issues, Cat became deeply involved in the struggle for justice for Oscar Grant which unbeknownst to her would change her life forever. Since that time, Cat has worked on the frontlines of resisting state violence, including co-founding The Anti Police-Terror Project whose mission is to rapidly respond to - and ultimately eradicate - police violence from communities of color. APTP has trained thousands of people in their rapid response model which is currently being implemented across the state of California and the country.
Kanwarpal Dhaliwal (she/her) is one of the co-founders of RYSE and currently acts as the Associate Director. As Associate Director, she supports and guides the implementation and integration of healing-centered practices, grounded in racial justice and liberation, across all of RYSE's program areas. She also develops, promotes, and advocates for policies, investments, practices, and research that enliven healing, justice, and liberation across the fields and sectors in which RYSE works. Kanwarpal believes that the purpose of her work and life is to contribute to movements, communities, and legacies of liberation that honor the ancestors who fought for her existence and survival, and to forge a world that is just and gentle for future generations. Before joining RYSE, Kanwarpal received a Master's Degree in Public Health, and now serves as adjunct faculty at San Francisco State University.
Marcel Woodruff is a native of Fresno and graduate of Bullard High School. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Xavier University and his master’s degree from Fresno Pacific University seminary. Marcel has served as a mentor, adviser and life coach for Fresno youth, primarily from the South West and South East areas of Fresno, for 15 years. During that time, he has worked with more than 3,000 young people. Marcel currently works as an organizer for Faith in the Valley, and he also sits on the boards of Fresno/Madera Youth for Christ, Neighborhood Industries and the ACLU Northern Foundation.