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The New Nonprofit Workspace: Multi-Tenant Centers and Shared Space (San Francisco)

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 -
1:30pm to 6:30pm PDT
Google Community Space
188 The Embarcadero | San Francisco, CA
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Join us to explore what it means to be a part of a vibrant sharing community. Our two-part event will explore long-term solutions for organizations' need for stable and affordable space with a free workshop and panel conversation. You have options of attending the workshop, the panel, or to attend both and join us for a networking reception. Take a look at the Agenda below and register accordingly. 


Target Audience

These events are open nonprofits and member and nonmember funders.

Mult-tenant Centers Workshop (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

 Come learn about what it means to be a part of a vibrant sharing community. Sharing space in a building with other mission-aligned organizations promotes collaboration, efficiency, trust, and impact. This free workshop provides examples of multi-tenant centers across the nation and how to start planning your center. The workshop is open to nonprofits, funders or anyone interested in learning more about nonprofit centers.


Saul Ettlin, Real Estate Consultant, Community Vision

Saul Ettlin has over 15 years of nonprofit management experience. Most recently, he was a senior member of Tides’ Administration and Real Estate team where he helped operate multi-tenant nonprofit centers. Saul also worked for the Nonprofit Centers Network promoting and supporting shared space and services. He has a strong interest in expanding the amount of nonprofit owned shared work space. Beyond space, Saul has significant grassroots political and organizing experience. He holds a MPA with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and a BS in Political Science and Community Development. Both are from Portland State University.

Karen Sullivan, Managing Real Estate Consultant, Community Vision

Karen brings over a decade of experience working in the CDFI and charter school industries. Karen has worked with a variety of nonprofits providing technical assistance, financial training, and credit analysis. She holds a MBA from the University of Southern California and a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Shared Space & the New Nonprofit Workplace (4:30 pm - 6:30 pm)

What makes an effective, thriving nonprofit? Deep community connections, dedicated staff, and strong programs come easily to mind. Another critical factor is the way nonprofits are physically housed, which can enhance their programs, increase collaboration, and help them fulfill their missions. However, many nonprofits operate in inefficient, rundown space not equipped to meet the technology and collaboration-oriented needs of today’s programs.

One answer is shared resources, especially shared space, and shared back office services, with the powerful benefits that stem from it. Shared Space and the New Nonprofit Workplace creates a roadmap for nonprofits looking to implement a shared space model. Shared space creates improved efficiency, effectiveness and opportunities for collaboration along with operating cost savings and stability. Communities benefit from improved direct services, cultural spaces, hubs for civic engagement and contributions to community-centered development. It’s a long-term solution for organizations’ need for stable and affordable space, helping them fulfill their missions.

Join us for an in-depth conversation with co-author China Brotsky along with contributing authors and experts in the field of nonprofit shared space, to discuss the model and how it can serve Bay Area nonprofits facing the steep challenge of thriving in our skyrocketing real estate market. The program will be followed by a networking reception.


Karoleen Feng, Director of Community Real Estate, Mission Economic developmeent Agency 

Karoleen Feng established MEDA's Community Real Estate program to reverse cultural displacement and gentrification in the highest-cost neighborhood in the nation. She has changed the narrative of the future of the neighborhood and achieved the rebuilding of community assets in the Mission District after a decade-long absence of affordable-housing production in the neighborhood. Against the odds of the low-income, primarily Latino family’s neighborhood being decimated, she has been instrumental in jumpstarting MEDA being joint-venture partners for the Mission-Castro cluster of the San Francisco Housing Authority Rental Assistance Demonstration program, new construction of almost 500 apartments and preservation of dozens of small apartments off the private market. 

Karoleen has also led the Mission Action Plan 2020 initiative to shape policies and planning regulations for land use in the neighborhood. She has built affordable housing for over a decade – rental and for-sale, family and senior, mixed-use developments and affordable commercial real estate at East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation and Little Tokyo Service Center.

Alexis Paza, Collaborative Space Manager, The Tides Foundation
Lexi is a fierce believer that the design, use, and access of a community’s physical spaces are deeply linked to equity. She is currently on the real estate team at Tides where she creates and manages the placemaking and collaborative infrastructure at Tides Converge San Francisco, a campus of eighty mission-aligned nonprofits and social enterprises. She also leads Tides’ collaborative workspace consulting, guiding partners like and LinkedIn through the integration of real estate into their philanthropy. She helped launch the Google Community Space in early 2017 and her team now manages all of the daily operations there, which hosts hundreds of events and coworking sessions every month for over 900+ Bay Area nonprofits. She recently joined the board of TransForm and prior to that served for five years on the board of New Leaders Council.

China Brotsky, Author, Shared Space and the New Nonprofit Workplace

China is a serial social entrepreneur in the charitable sector in the United States and Canada, and has created multiple nonprofit centers and shared services programs.




Stephen Gong, Executive Director, Center for Asian American Media 

Stephen Gong is the Executive Director of the Center for Asian American Media. Stephen has been associated with CAAM since its founding in 1980, and has served as Executive Director since 2006. His previous positions in arts administration include: Deputy Director of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at the University of California, Berkeley, Program Officer in the Media Arts program at the National Endowment for the Arts, and Associate Director of the National Center for Film and Video Preservation at the American Film Institute. He has been a lecturer in the Asian American Studies program at UC Berkeley, where he developed and taught a course on the history of Asian American media. In addition to writing about film history, Gong has provided critical commentary on several DVD projects including the Treasures From American Archives, Vol 1 & 5 (National Film Preservation Foundation), Chan is Missing (dir. Wayne Wang), and is the featured historian in the documentary Hollywood Chinese (Dir. Arthur Dong). He is the Board Chair of the Center for Rural Strategies and serves on the Advisory Board of the San Francisco Silent Film Society.



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