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The New Nonprofit Workspace: Multi-Tenant Centers and Shared Space (Silicon Valley)

When: 
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 -
10:00am to 3:00pm PDT
Where: 
Sobrato Center for Nonprofits
330 Twin Dolphin Drive | Redwood City, 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 lunch. Take a look at the Agenda below and register accordingly. 

Agenda

Target Audience

These events are open nonprofits and member and nonmember funders.

Mult-tenant Centers Workshop (10:00 am - 12:30 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.

Speakers

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 (1:30 pm - 3:00 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.

Speakers

Mara Williams Low, Program Director, Sobrato Family Foundation

Mara is responsible for Nonprofit Center programming, the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative as well as the operational aspects of the foundation. Prior to her current position, Ms. Williams Low was Program Officer and managed the application and selection process for Nonprofit Center tenants. Before joining SFF in 2006, she served three years as Grants Administrator at The Valley Foundation in Los Gatos, and from 1998-2005, was the Associate Director of Adage School of Performing Arts, a dance school and pre-professional company in Milpitas. She also spent years as an Editorial Producer for the San Jose Mercury News. Ms. Williams Low holds a BA in English from UC Berkeley.

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.

 

 

 

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.

Connie Martinez, Chief Executive Officer, Silicon Valley Creates

Connie Martinez is the CEO of Silicon Valley Creates (SVC). SVC showcases our creative culture, invests in innovative ideas, celebrates cultural heritage, catalyzes place making and increases access to the arts. SVC is the publisher of Content Magazine, a producer of conferences and events, creator and manager of an online arts and culture calendar and the funder of a portfolio of arts and culture organizations.

Connie has lived in California since 1986, holding several civic leadership positions including co-founder and CEO of 1stACT Silicon Valley, Executive Director of Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, Director of Strategic Initiatives for University of California Santa Cruz, Vice President for Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network and Deputy City Manager, Planning Director and General Services Director for the City of Mountain View, CA.

Connie is the co-founder and board member of SPUR San Jose and a board member of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. She is the past chair of American Leadership Forum-Silicon Valley and the San Jose Arts & Culture Roundtable and also a former board member of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation and School of Arts and Culture at MHP. Connie has a BS in Finance and an MBA in Information Systems from the University of Colorado.

 

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