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Grantmakers for Housing Stability: Targeting Racial Disparities in Homelessness

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 -
10:30am to 12:00pm PDT
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Our health, ability to find and keep a job, success at school, and connection to our communities is dependent on stable housing. Yet across the Bay Area, finding and keeping a home has slipped out of reach for many people in our communities, and the added impact of COVID-19 is putting more people at risk of losing their housing and endangering their health. People of color, particularly Black and Native Americans, have been disproportionately impacted due to the long history of policies excluding them from equal access to housing, community supports, and opportunities for economic mobility. 

Cities across the Bay Area have been intensifying their efforts to respond to the crisis, and stakeholders are collaborating to lift up regional strategies and solutions. Making a difference on such significant challenges requires collaboration and an intersectional approach, and philanthropy has an important role to play. 

Please join us for the launch of the new funder network: Bay Area Homelessness Funders Network, and become part of the effort to align philanthropy to advance racial equity and regional coordination in preventing and ending homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area! 

This meeting is an opportunity to learn more about the network’s north star, purpose, and focus. We’ll discuss ideas on adopting a targeted approach on racial disparities in homelessness, gather information to shape our follow up action sessions, and create space for you to meet and connect with colleagues in the field. 


Amanda Andere, CEO, Funders Together to End Homelessness 

Amanda Misiko Andere has spent over fifteen years working in the nonprofit and public sector as a leader committed to racial and housing justice through advocacy for systemic change. Prior to joining Funders Together to End Homelessness as their CEO, she served as the CEO of Wider Opportunities for Women, a national advocacy organization. Currently, she serves as a board member of the United Philanthropy Forum and Equity in the Center. Amanda is a founding member and on the leadership team for the National Racial Equity Working Group on Homelessness and Housing. She also serves on the Leadership Council for the DC Partnership to End Homelessness. As a former Co-Chair of A Way Home America, Amanda is a co-conspirator in their work to end youth and young adult homelessness rooted in racial equity.

Chris Block, Chronic Homelessness Initiative Director, Tipping Point Community

Chris has deep experience in the field of housing and homelessness. He was founding Executive Director of Charities Housing Development Corporation in Santa Clara County, where he served for 15+ years overseeing affordable housing development. Additionally, he was a founding board member of Destination: Home, a respected public-private partnership working to reduce homelessness in Santa Clara County. Prior to joining Tipping Point, Chris served as Founding Director of Coordinated Entry at Episcopal Community Services (ECS) in San Francisco and developed first-hand, on-the-ground appreciation for the skills and complexities involved in direct services for people experiencing homelessness.

Darnell Cadette, Manager, Community, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative 

Darnell Cadette is a Manager on the Community Team at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) where he leads the organizations grant making portfolio supporting children, youth and families experiencing homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area. Before joining CZI in 2015, Darnell worked at Teach Plus as the Washington D.C. Program Manager for the T3 Initiative, elevating the voices and supporting the leadership development of teachers in the D.C. Public Schools. Prior to TeachPlus, Darnell worked across the D.C. Metro Area managing a portfolio of community engagement and communications efforts for education non-profits and school districts. Darnell holds an MPP in Education Policy and a BA in Political Science from the George Washington University. A first generation, Caribbean American immigrant, Darnell is originally from Trinidad and Tobago and currently lives in San Francisco, CA.

Jackie Downing, Executive Director, Crankstart Foundation

Jackie Downing is the executive director of Crankstart, a private foundation headquartered in San Francisco. Previously, Jackie served in senior leadership roles at The San Francisco Foundation and several Bay Area nonprofits. A lifelong social justice activist, Jackie’s professional background includes grantmaking, impact investing, philanthropic advising, nonprofit management, fundraising and communications. Jackie holds a Masters in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco, and a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® designation from the American College. She is a certified philanthropy consultant for multi-generational families through the 21/64 network. Jackie serves on the GreenLight Fund’s Selection Advisory Council, helping to find innovative solutions from around the country to address critical gaps for children and families in the Bay Area. Jackie is former member of Full Circle Fund, a community of next gen donors who contribute their time, talent and resources to support local nonprofits. She is a graduate of the Governor’s Academy and Oberlin College and a recipient of the Howard R. Swearer National Student Humanitarian Award from Brown University. Previously, she worked as a human rights observer in Colombia. Jackie is a founding member of Keep Oakland Housed.

Brandy Jenkins-League, Program Manager, North County Housing Resource Center (NCHRC), Bay Area Community Services Growing up in Richmond, CA, Brandy Jenkins-League was exposed to violence and abuse from a young age. Although she was always a bright student, a dysfunctional home life made it much harder for her to engage in school. Despite this, she ended up graduating high school with honors, and obtained a college degree in criminal justice. As she entered the professional world, she translated her personal experience to working with people who are systematically disenfranchised. Currently, she works as a Case Manager with Bay Area Community Services, where she engages with people at various levels of system involvement - including people who are currently or formerly incarcerated, people experiencing crises, and people who are high utilizers of emergency services. In her spare time, she advocates for foster youth with the Contra Costa County through the Independent Living Skills Program ILSP, she is a wife and loving mother of three kids, and is an avid braider. She is excited to join the Community Advisory Council to make an impact on a regional level, connecting large-scale policy with the situation she sees in her communities every day.

Margot Kushel, Director, Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations

Margot Kushel, MD is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center and the Director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations. Margot's research focuses on reducing the burden of homelessness on health through examining efforts to prevent and end homelessness and mitigating the effects of housing instability on health care outcomes. She uses a variety of research methodologies with an aim towards informing the development of programs and policies to end homelessness via understanding the complex interactions between health and housing. She has a particular interest in homelessness in older adults and homelessness in medically complicated individuals. She is the PI of an NIA funded R01 that developed the HOPE HOME (Health Outcomes in Populations Experiencing Homelessness in Older Middle agE) cohort, an ongoing longitudinal cohort study examining the causes and effects of homelessness on adults aged 50 and over in Oakland, CA. She is the Co-PI (with Kelly Knight, PhD) of a companion study examining involvement of families in rehousing older adults experiencing homeless. Passionate about training the next generation of researchers seeking to improve outcomes in vulnerable populations, she is the PI of a K24 award from NIA to mentor junior investigators in aging in vulnerable populations and directs the UCSF Primary Care Research Fellowship. Margot works with diverse stakeholders to implement programmatic and policy changes based on her research. She maintains an active clinical practice at ZSFG in both primary care and inpatient medicine.
Tomiquia Moss, Executive Director, All Home 

With more than 20 years of leadership and management experience, Tomiquia is locally and nationally recognized as a dynamic nonprofit and public sector leader with expertise in housing, public policy and community development. Most recently, Ms. Moss served as the CEO of Hamilton Families for the last three years. Hamilton Families offers emergency, transitional and permanent housing services for families experiencing homelessness. From 2014 to 2017, she served directly under the mayors of both San Francisco and Oakland, most recently as Chief of Staff for Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the HOPE SF Initiative, a public housing and neighborhood revitalization effort with the late San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee’s Office. Known for innovating in the public sector, Tomiquia served as the founding project director of the San Francisco Community Justice Center of the Superior Court of California. As a social worker and advocate for social justice, she continues work on behalf of our most vulnerable communities. She holds a Masters’ Degree in public administration from Golden Gate University. Tomiquia and her family are proud to call Oakland home.

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This program is open to NCG members and non-member funders.

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