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Impact Investing: An Impact Investing Journey to address California’s Housing Crisis

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 -
11:00am to 12:30pm PDT
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More than half of all people experiencing unsheltered homelessness (108,000 individuals) in our country live in California. And, in the wake of our current pandemic, that number is bound to grow. With such staggering numbers, we are quickly approaching a breaking point in our affordable housing and homelessness crises. The issues are intrinsically linked, and both crises disproportionately disenfranchise communities of color. Join our Philanthropy CA peer, San Diego Grantmakers, to learn from California’s top thought leaders and impact investors about emerging initiatives to build housing that is affordable and equitable. We will break down the complicated topography of housing development and the different mechanisms/impact investing strategies that can be applied to build affordable housing faster, smarter, and more equitably than ever before.


Vinita Goyal, Program Officer for Housing and Transportation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation 

Vinita brings to her work her research and practice experience in urban planning and policy, working to align place-based infrastructure improvements with community needs and aspirations, particularly for vulnerable populations that can be adversely affected by planning policies. 


Ruby Bolaria-Shifrin, Housing Affordability Manager, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Prior to CZI, Ruby worked in real estate development as a project manager for multifamily mixed income development projects in San Francisco. She also worked internationally at the Housing Department in Johannesburg, South Africa where she managed an in-situ upgrading pilot project. 



James Cutler, Senior Investment Officer, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Prior to joining SVCF, where James is responsible for impact investing and nonprofit investment support, he worked in impact investing and community development where he led projects to establish a small business incubator for refugees, build a microloan fund, provide no-cost financial services and access to capital in under-banked neighborhoods.



Andy Ballester, BQuest Foundation; Co-founder of; Investor in Yes In God’s Back Yard

As the CTO of GoFundMe, Andy oversaw all tech development and systems for a platform that transacted billions of dollars per year. He is now working on homelessness solutions, tech startup infrastructure, and climate change solutions here in San Diego. Andy volunteers his time on the EvoNexus selection committee, Funders Together to End Homelessness San Diego, and mentors tech startups in San Diego.


Peter Cohen, Co-Director, The Council of Community Housing Organizations

Prior to joining the CCHO, Peter was the former policy director at East Bay Housing Organizations. He is an urban geographer by training who has been involved in a variety of land use, housing policy and planning initiatives in San Francisco and other parts of the Bay Area.



Amy Denhart, Director of Funders Together to End Homelessness San Diego (FTEHSD) at San Diego Grantmakers (Moderator)

Amy Denhart she supports FTEHSD’s strategic grantmaking and advocacy in systems change and permanent housing opportunities to reduce homelessness. Just prior to joining FTEHSD, Amy worked closely with the City of San Diego and County governments as the lead finance and contract management staff for a local community engagement and design firm. She has served on the City of San Diego’s Parks and Recreation committee and is currently a board member on the Regional Task Force.


Target Audience

This event is open to family offices, private investors, foundations, institutional investors who are interested in learning about investments into enterprises and funds that generate financial returns alongside positive social and environmental impact.

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