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Immigration: Opportunities for Technology & Data Capacity Building

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 -
11:45am to 1:30pm PDT
Zellerbach Family Foundation
455 Market Street, Suite 2200 | San Francisco, CA 94105
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Join Northern California GrantmakersGrantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, and Tides to hear tactical and practical findings, as well as recommendations for ways to invest in immigration organizations on the ground serving a growing population of immigrant communities in crisis.

These nonprofits are facing many technical and process heavy hurdles. We’ll review how funders can support capacity building to improve technology infrastructure and data management, creating significant impact in the field

Speakers will review key takeaways from the Immigrants United Collaborative – a 9-month pilot initiative of Tides. The conversation will include: 

  • A deep dive into 4 immigration nonprofits across California, including how they operate and the challenges they face.

  • Recommendations on how these organizations could improve their internal capacity to manage data and improve technology use.

  • Ways funders can engage in building an ecosystem for nonprofits in the field to be effective and achieve scale.

This is an interactive learning session with time for a Q&A.


Roxana Shirkhoda, Director Special Initiatives, Tides

Roxana Shirkhoda is an experienced leader with over a decade of experience in financial analysis, strategy development, and outcomes measurement.

In her role at Tides as director of special initiatives, Roxana is enabling social change by facilitating multi-stakeholder collaborations that result in a positive sum approach to impact – bridging Tides’ robust network of funders, nonprofit organizations, policy leaders, and corporate partners. She is currently building collective action initiatives focused on immigrant rights while growing Tides’ client engagement strategy.

As a student at Stanford, Roxana conducted research on Oakland’s Office of African American Male Achievement to advise on how school districts access funding, develop student outreach programs and measure impact. She also helped lead user centered design sprints and prototyping donor tools at the Effective Philanthropy Lab housed within Stanford’s Center for Philanthropy and Civic Society. Roxana is currently on the Board of Full Circle Fund and The Ever Forward Club – an organization focused on empowering black and Latino young men.

Kavi Harshawat, Co-Founder & UX Researcher, GoodCTZN

Kavi is a User Experience Researcher and Designer based in San Francisco, CA. Kavi was a founding member of the United States Digital Service at the Department of Veterans Affairs. There he led a team of more than thirty engineers, designers, product managers, lawyers, and more to modernize VA’s Disability Claim Appeals process and software. Prior to that, Kavi was a Code for America Fellow where he worked with the city of Denver to help improve the way they built services for residents using technology. Kavi worked at the social question and answer startup, Aardvark and Google, as an early member of the Google+ team.

Ron Gorodetzky, Co-Founder & Engineer, GoodCTZN

Ron is a Computer Engineer currently based in Los Angeles. Most recently Ron worked at the United States Digital Service on projects at several federal agencies. Before that he worked at YouTube on backend systems and was an original member of the video data infrastructure team. Prior to that he was a co-founder of FFlick and Revision3, and the second engineer at Digg where he helped build the company’s infrastructure.


Funders supporting or interested in supporting immigration nonprofits are encouraged to attend.


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