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An Honest Look at Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Are We Getting It Right?

Thursday, November 16, 2017 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm PST
Redwood Shores Library Meeting Room B
399 Marine Pkwy, Redwood City, CA 94065
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Diversity makes us stronger. Large-scale movements including Black Lives Matter, Dreamers, Standing Rock and the 2016 presidential election are changing society and philanthropy along with it. Join fellow travelers for a deep dive into how they’re managing change and moving toward their values.

A beautiful thing about this country is its multiracial character. But right now, we've got diversity with a lot of segregation and inequity. I want to see a truly inclusive society. I think we will always struggle as a country toward that—no postracial society is possible or desirable—but every generation can make progress toward that goal. – Rinku Sen, Race Forward, to NBC News

The Peninsula Philanthropy Network is bringing together foundations from across the spectrum to reflect on changes they’re making to the way they do business and new types of partnerships they’re forging.

Changes include deploying rapid response funds, shifting grantmaking priorities, and incorporating an equity lens that takes into account their position in relation to systems of power including by race, gender, ability, immigration status and sexual orientation.    

Recent data shows less than seven percent of grant dollars went towards ethnic or racial minority communities in the nation, even though those groups comprise nearly 40 percent of the US population (D5 Coalition). Only six percent of grant dollars went to people with disabilities, though they represent 12 percent of the population.

Philanthropy has an opportunity to get it right. Please join us to talk about how we’re doing it, what we’re learning and where we go from here.


Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) Silicon Valley & San Francisco Bay Area Chapters  


The meeting space at the Redwood Shores Library is provided as a community service by the City of Redwood City. The City neither sponsors nor endorses this event nor the presenting individual or organizations.

Target Audience

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

About the Peninsula Philanthropy Network

The Peninsula Philanthropy Network is a group of philanthropy professionals who are leveraging the collective power and influence of philanthropy on the peninsula. We create opportunities to learn together about issues facing our community and to develop relationships with people working towards social impact.


Nancy Chan serves as director of partnerships at tech company, where she liaises with foundations, nonprofits, and government agencies, to advance Catalyte's social mission to promote access to software development careers for people from nontraditional backgrounds. Previously, as a director at philanthropy consulting firm Arabella Advisors, Nancy advised clients on strategy development, project evaluation, and implementation. She served as the program officer for the Hope & Grace Fund, the charitable grantmaking arm of the skincare brand Philosophy, inc. Through her work with Hope & Grace, she and a colleague compiled a set of recommendations to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in grantmaking practice, available for download at, and published a recent article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, “Eliminating Implicit Bias in Grantmaking” to highlight this work. In addition, on behalf of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Nancy evaluated the impact of a multi-million-dollar teacher leadership program. Prior to joining Arabella, Nancy was an economic policy analyst at SRI International (formerly the Stanford Research Institute), where she conducted research related to technology-based economic development, innovation, education, and workforce development for public- and private-sector clients globally.  Before SRI, Nancy was a research associate at the Urban Institute’s Education Policy Center, and has worked in Silicon Valley companies, including Palm, Inc. and Adaptec. Nancy currently volunteers with the D Prize and Fast Forward, and serves on the steering committee of the Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy’s (AAPIP) San Francisco chapter. She holds an MPP from the Georgetown McCourt School of Public Policy and a BS in electrical engineering from MIT.

JC De Vera is the Nurturing Equity Movements Fellow at The San Francisco Foundation, where he supports the Foundation’s grantmaking strategy focused on organizing, civic engagement, and leadership development. He serves as the Foundation’s lead for the Rapid Response Fund for Movement Building. JC is a Bay Area native that was raised by a working-class, Pilipinx immigrant family in east side San Jose, California. JC is a proud Double Bruin, having recently completed his Master’s in Public Policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. During graduate school, he completed a yearlong policy fellowship with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Immigrant Affairs designing strategies to bolster civic engagement. Prior to graduate school, JC worked at The Greenlining Institute, where he utilized storytelling and digital communications to advance the organization’s racial and economic justice agenda. JC previously served on the nonprofit boards of Associated Students UCLA and F      ilipino Advocates for Justice. He was selected as the valedictorian for the 2013 cohort of the Front Line Leaders Academy, a national political leadership development program focused on training young progressives to manage campaigns and run for public office.

Kelley D. Gulley joined Irvine's San Francisco office as a Senior Program Officer in August 2016. She has more than 25 years of experience in community and youth development, workforce development, building capacity in the nonprofit sector, and leading initiatives that engage residents in communities of color throughout the country.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Kelley served as Interim Managing Director/Director of Portfolio Management at the Thrive Foundation for Youth in Menlo Park, California. There she implemented a national grantmaking strategy to support long-term mentoring programs operating in urban areas, resulting in high percentages of students graduating from high school and college, many of whom were first-generation students.

Prior to Thrive, Kelley led two nonprofits as President and CEO: the Indianapolis Private Industry Council (IPIC) in Indiana, and the National Community Development Institute (NCDI) in Oakland. At IPIC, Kelley successfully served and partnered with Republican and Democratic mayors of Indianapolis to create a nonpartisan environment to fully implement the Workforce Investment Act in Central Indiana.

At NCDI, Kelley opened their first Midwest office, managed philanthropy-led community initiatives, and provided the leadership to build capacity for social change in marginalized communities across the nation. Kelley’s faith-based work has included being the Strategic Initiatives Administrator at Eastern Star Church and teaching and preaching as an ordained minister at World Conquerors Church in Oakland.

Kelley graduated from the University of Phoenix, San Jose, with a master's degree in business administration. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in theology and ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Carolyn Wang Kong is a senior program officer with Blue Shield of California Foundation.  In this role, she supports the Foundation’s grantmaking and programmatic efforts to improve access to care for vulnerable populations and strengthen systems of care in California’s safety net.  To date, her portfolio has included capacity building and initiative specific support to advance patient engagement, value based care and leadership in the healthcare safety net.  Most recently, Ms. Wang Kong led the Foundation’s Act Now Fund, designed to provide rapid response support to maintain important gains made in the areas of Medicaid expansion, particularly for immigrant communities, and cross-sector approaches to addressing domestic violence.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Wang Kong was the project director for Medi-Cal strategy and operations at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California. She has also served as practice leader of language access for Kaiser Permanente and was responsible for developing a strategy to meet the needs of more than 350,000 limited-English-speaking members in Northern California. Her accomplishments included the deployment of video interpreting services in 21 hospitals and emergency departments, implementation of a document translation service, and development of web-based training programs for clinical and non-clinical staff.  Earlier in her career, Ms. Wang Kong served as a cultural and linguistic services consultant at the Alameda Alliance for Health and led research on cultural and linguistic services at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  She has also served as a board member and co-chair of the Finance Committee for the California Healthcare Interpreting Association. 

Ms. Wang Kong holds a Master of Public Health and Master of Public Policy from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science from UCLA.  She is also an alumna of the Coro Fellows program in Public Affairs. Ms. Wang Kong lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two young, active boys.  

Edward Wang is the Director of Corporate Philanthropy at TIdes. He 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.