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Retrofitting Movements: Supporting Nonprofit Leaders in a Networked World

Thursday, September 25, 2014 -
10:00am to 12:00pm PDT
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear Street, Suite 360, San Francisco, CA
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In a world being dramatically reshaped by the power of networks and technology, how can philanthropy support nonprofit leaders on the front lines of social advocacy—especially as they run organizations and movements founded well before the advent of the internet and social media? What does this look like in the real world?

In this interactive session, learn how funders can partner with pioneering nonprofit leaders to embrace technology and breakthrough forms of collaboration. Our panelists will share their perspectives on what it means for philanthropy to take risks on "uncredentialed" approaches to advance justice in response to a rapidly changing landscape. Please join us to explore how this approach is making waves nationally and how established and emerging movements are reenergizing by using new pathways to advance equality and inclusion.

Come Join Us To

  • Learn how funders can partner with pioneering nonprofit leaders to embrace technology and breakthrough forms of collaboration
  • Hear from your peers at the Levi Strauss Foundation about how they approach leadership capacity building through movement building

Target Audience

This program is free and open to NCG members and invited guests. If you are not a member of NCG and would like to register for this program, please email


Heather McLeod Grant is well-known author, speaker, and advisor to high-impact organizations with more than 20 years' experience in the social sector. She is the founder of McLeod Grant Advisors.  Previously she was a Global Account Manager with the Monitor Institute, and is a former McKinsey & Co. consultant.

Jennifer Haas currently serves as the President of both the Walter and Elise Haas, Sr. Fund, a private foundation established by the decedents of Levi Strauss, and the Levi Strauss Foundation, a corporate foundation that advances the human rights and well-being of underserved people where Levi Strauss & Co has a business presence.  Jennifer also serves on the Board of Directors for St. Paul’s Episcopal School, a progressive independent school for grades K-8 located in Oakland, and is an Advisory Board Member for World Savvy, an organization supporting systemic change in K-12 education.  Prior to these appointments, Jennifer taught in the History Department at Marin Academy in San Rafael and then at Redwood Day School in Oakland.  Presently, Jennifer is a self-employed Pilates instructor specializing in pre- and post-natal Pilates.  Jennifer earned a Bachelor’s degree from Vassar College, graduating with a major in Political Science (focusing on International Politics), and a minor in Regional Geography (focusing mostly on international political economy).

Arcelia Hurtado, Esq. is the Immigration Policy Advisor for the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). Arcelia was raised in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas by Mexican immigrant parents. Her legal career has been devoted to providing legal representation to those who would not otherwise have access to it. Immediately prior to joining NCLR, she served as the Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates, a national women’s rights advocacy organization. She has also worked with numerous community-based organizations to secure the rights of working class and indigent people in the fields of employment, housing, criminal defense, and immigration. As a trial lawyer, she has litigated over a dozen jury trials representing juveniles and adults accused of misdemeanors and felonies. As an appellate lawyer, she has represented people on death row. She has argued cases before numerous courts including the California Supreme Court. In 2012, San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu appointed her to the Board of Appeals, a quasi-judicial 5-person body that hears appeals relating to a wide range of City determinations.

Arcelia is a frequent speaker at the national level on civil rights issues and women’s rights in particular. She writes for the Huffington Post and has published several articles on race/ethnicity, education, and feminist theory. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of California at Berkeley in 1993 and 1997.  In 2010, she was named a Pioneer in Justice by the Levi Strauss Foundation, and in 2011, the San Francisco Chronicle named her a “Bay Area Changemaker.”

Daniel Lee is Executive Director of the Levi Strauss Foundation. He joined Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&CO.), and the Levi Strauss Foundation in 2003 as a Community Affairs Manager for the Asia Pacific Division in Singapore, where he managed and implemented corporate social responsibility programs, employee volunteerism and grantmaking in three global giving areas -- HIV/AIDS, worker rights, and asset building.

Subsequently, he relocated to San Francisco and assumed the role of Director of Global Grantmaking Programs. Lee has extensive experience with international non-governmental organizations in the fields of human rights, HIV/AIDS and social justice.

Before joining LS&Co., he served as Senior Program Officer for Asia and Pacific at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and on the founding board of the Massachusetts Asian AIDS Prevention Project. In addition to FCAA, Daniel currently serves on the International Advisory Board of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and the Asia-Oceania advisory panel of the Global Fund for Women. He received an AB in Religion and History from Princeton University and a Master of Divinity from Harvard University.

Vincent Pan is the Executive Director of Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), a community-based social justice organization in San Francisco. CAA is a progressive voice in and on behalf of the broader Asian American community and advocates for systemic change that protects immigrant rights, promotes language diversity, and advances racial justice. CAA also actively supports progressive movement building efforts such as Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality and API Equality – Northern California. Prior to joining CAA, Vincent worked with the Clinton Foundation where he helped start treatment programs for children living with HIV/AIDS in China. Before that he was the co-founder and executive director of Heads Up, an AmeriCorps organization that ran after-school and summer programs for low-income children by enlisting college students as tutors and teachers. Vincent has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard University, and has been a Fellow with the Center for Social Innovation at Stanford University, the Echoing Green Foundation, and the Stride Rite Foundation. Vincent has also been nambed a Pioneer in Justice by the Levi Strauss Foundation.