As extreme natural events are increasingly affecting our health, livelihoods, and social fabric, how might philanthropic investments be more strategic in building greater community disaster resilience? Since philanthropy cannot do it alone, it requires that the sector aligns with our state government agencies to ensure that philanthropy complements state efforts and strategies.
Northern California Grantmakers invites you to hear from our state agency, CaliforniaVolunteers, which serves as the lead agency for disaster volunteering and donations management and the administer for Governor Newsom’s California For All Emergency Preparedness Campaign, a new $50 million effort that empowers and engages local communities on emergency preparedness to support California’s diverse and vulnerable populations.
Karen Baker, the Chief Service Officer for CaliforniaVolunteers, will share the role of state government in preparing communities for disasters and supporting disaster relief and recovery of impacted communities and how disaster funding from state and federal government works.
Furthermore, this conversation will be joined by Kathleen Kelly Janus, the newly appointed senior advisor on social innovation in the Office of Governor Newsom. She will listen to how you think about disaster resilience and share ideas with you in how her role can leverage and connect your expertise and resources across multiple sectors to enhance community disaster resilience.
Join us to discuss how philanthropy can best partner with state government agencies and other entities to build resilient communities.
Karen Baker, Chief Service Officer, CaliforniaVolunteers
Karen Baker currently serves as California’s Chief Service Officer for Governor Gavin Newsom. She leads CaliforniaVolunteers, the State Service Commission that serves as the lead agency for disaster volunteering and donations management, along with administering the state AmeriCorps portfolio and promoting volunteering and service across California. Initially appointed by the Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in January 2006, Karen was named the Secretary of Service and Volunteering and has forged vibrant public-private partnerships resulting in the creation of successful innovations, including the California Disaster Corps, Business Partners Program, and the CaliforniaVolunteers Service Enterprise Initiative. Currently, CaliforniaVolunteers and the Govenor’s Office of Emergency Services jointly administers Governor Newsom’s California For All Emergency Preparedness Campaign, a new $50 million effort to boost disaster preparedness by connecting over one million of the most vulnerable Californians to culturally and linguistically competent support.
Kathleen Kelly Janus, Senior Advisor on Social Innovation, Office of Governor Newsom
Kathleen Kelly Janus is the newly appointed senior advisor on social innovation in the Office of Governor Newsom. This new position elevates the role of philanthropic and nonprofit organizations as innovators. Janus was a lecturer at Stanford University’s Program on Social Entrepreneurship from 2013 to 2019 and was a teaching fellow at Stanford Law School from 2007 to 2012. She worked as pro bono counsel at Covington & Burling from 2009 to 2013 and was an associate at Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner LLP from 2003 to 2007. She co-founded Spark in 2005. Janus earned a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.