It is a tremendous privilege to work with the philanthropic sector. Our member community is made up of 217 members and more than 3,500 individuals – just imagine the impact of the power, influence, and potential we can have.
We’re ready to fulfill our potential, together. At NCG, we spent significant time charting a course to build an equitable region, and applying a racial equity framework to our own planning for 2022. We’re excited to share what we have in store. This is a great program for new staff and new members. We hope to see you on Feb 9th!
Join us to:
- Preview what’s forthcoming in 2022
- Hear from NCG CEO Dwayne S. Marsh
- Hear NCG staff share what programming is in store for the coming year
- Ask questions and find out how to get more involved with the NCG community
As a native of Richmond, CA, Crispin’s childhood experiences shaped the path for a career focused on helping disinvested communities like his own. With over two decades of experience, Crispin brings to NCG rich lived and professional experience and a vision for advancing equity and social justice through an exciting policy agenda for our organization, our members, and the community we serve.
A seasoned philanthropic professional, Crispin served as program officer for Blue Shield of California Foundation where he worked to advance value-based care policy efforts in California and led signature programs, including the Clinic Leadership Institute. He arrived to philanthropy following several years as a leader within San Mateo County’s safety net healthcare system. He most recently ran a thriving consulting practice where he developed philanthropic strategies to improve access to and quality of care for low-income communities.
When Crispin is not hiking around his neighborhood, you can find him in his kitchen replicating delicious Mexican dishes from his childhood or scrolling through endless French bulldogs videos. He is the proud uncle of seven beautiful nieces and nephews, all of whom pursued higher education to proudly serve as the changemakers of their generation. Crispin holds masters degree in public policy from the Goldman School at UC Berkeley.
Sarah is passionate about connecting people, exploring new ideas and figuring out how to make things work. She brings these skills, along with a background in program design, network development and learning communities to her work at NCG. As the Manager of Collaborative Philanthropy, Sarah will focus on the work of the Nonprofit Displacement Project and will work with NCG’s collaborative philanthropy groups. Before joining NCG, Sarah provided strategic leadership for an organization that built innovative leadership in the reproductive health, rights and justice sector. Prior to that, Sarah designed and implemented multiple grant programs and learning networks focused on the social determinants of health and safety net healthcare innovation for the Center for Care Innovations.
Sarah received a bachelor’s degree in literary studies with a minor in Latin from the University of Minnesota –Twin Cities. She loves to sew fun clothes and is a bookworm who is very proud to have passed that trait on to her two children.
Alan Kwok is NCG’s Climate and Disaster Resilience Director. He brings to the role 18 years of experience in building resiliency through community healthcare, youth and workforce development, and disaster management. In this role he is charged with (or serves as the primary cheerleader for) opening opportunities for funders to build community disaster resilience, strengthen philanthropic responses to disasters locally and across California, enhance cross-sector coordination and collaboration between philanthropic organizations and partners, and improve organizational readiness among our three regional associations of grantmakers (Northern California Grantmakers, Southern California Grantmakers, and San Diego Grantmakers) as part of Philanthropy California so they can better serve our members in the event of a disaster.
Prior to joining NCG, Alan was Director of Learning at San Diego Grantmakers, where he oversaw the strategic direction and implementation of programs in areas that included social equity, corporate social responsibility, collective giving, and leadership, and professional development.
And yes, he also has disaster management experiences in practice and research, and he seeks to integrate both to ensure best practices in the field. He was Manager of Ready Neighborhoods, a FEMA-award-winning community resilience initiative at the American Red Cross (Bay Area Chapter), which sought to increase community disaster capacities in over 20 targeted neighborhoods across Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Solano counties. He earned his PhD in emergency management at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research (JCDR) at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand. His research has been published in World Bank and New Zealand government publications, as well as in peer-reviewed journals such as the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Prevention and Management.
He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Washington University in St. Louis and master’s degree in geography at San Francisco State University.
Alan avoids thinking about disasters in his free time (and is usually very successful at it). You can usually find him in the ocean, on the beach, in the mountains, or on the river, sometimes with a surfboard, a margarita, and a ukulele in tow.
Dwayne recently completed a four-year turn as co-Director of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) and Vice President of Institutional and Sectoral Change at Race Forward. During his tenure, the membership network of local, regional, and state entities committed to advancing racial equity through the policies, practices, and public investments grew from just over 20 to nearly 200 participating jurisdictions.
Prior to GARE, Marsh spent six years as a senior advisor in the Office of Economic Resilience (OER) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. There, he helped advance sustainable planning and development through interagency partnerships, departmental transformation, and funding initiatives managed through OER. He was OER’s principal coordinator for a $250 million grant program and led the development of capacity-building resources that reinforced the work of pioneering grantees in 48 states and the District of Columbia. Under his leadership, OER prioritized equity as a foundational principal for its planning and investment initiatives.
Marsh brings to the movement his expertise and considerable experience in coalition building for regional equity and leadership development for policy change. He provides technical assistance and capacity-building knowledge to equitable development initiatives that address continuing disparities in affordable housing, transportation investment, and environmental justice. Before HUD, Marsh spent a decade at PolicyLink, the national organization committed to economic and social equity. Before PolicyLink, he directed the FAITHS Initiative for eight years at The San Francisco Foundation, building a nationally renowned community development and capacity-building program that continues to this day. His career has been defined by supporting communities traditionally marginalized from full participation in our economy and society to build power and leverage lasting systems transformation.
She is a first-generation college graduate that benefited from Head Start and Affirmative Action programs and policies. She received a double major in Urban Studies and Anthropology from Macalester College and a Master in Public Administration from CUNY as a National Urban Fellow.
As an extrovert, she is always curious to meet and connect with people. Interesting random facts: She was born in Vietnam and raised in Minnesota. She has run 5 full marathons. Despite her lack of talent, she sings karaoke regularly.
Kate is the Senior Director of Leadership, Culture and Community. In this role, she directs NCG’s professional and leadership development work, and guides our focus on organizational culture as a leverage point for impact. Before working in philanthropy, Kate co-founded the nonprofit Puente a la Salud Comunitaria in Oaxaca, Mexico, a community development organization focused on public health, economic development, and sustainable agriculture. She spent a transformative year completing a Master's in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability, where she deepened her own understanding of the type of leadership and organizational culture that is needed to achieve both environmental and social sustainability. In her life beyond work, she loves farms, farmers, cooking, eating, canning, community, nature, hiking and backpacking, and her four year old niece, who consistently reminds her to be present in the current moment, to live with curiosity, and to appreciate the abundant beauty that exists in the world.