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Sacramento Funders Meeting on Wildfire Preparedness

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm PDT
Governor's Office, State Capitol
1315 10th Street | Sacramento, CA
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Please join us in the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom to learn about our efforts to build disaster resiliency and philanthropy’s role in wildfire preparedness, featuring a presentation by California's Chief Service Officer, Karen Baker, on California Volunteers' recent report outlining a new roadmap for investment in disaster resiliency.


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. 

Abby Browning, Chief, Office of Private Sector/NGO Coordination, Office of Emergency Services

Abby Browning is the Chief of the Office of Private Sector/ Non-Governmental Organization Coordination at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. Abby is responsible for developing and maintaining CalOES’s relationships with business, associations, companies, and universities, as well as nonprofit, nongovernmental and philanthropic organizations.

Prior to joining CalOES, Abby was the Special Advisor for International Trade in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. She was an essential member of the Brown Administration’s international team, working on trade missions to China and Mexico, as well as fostering countless other international business connections for California.

Abby has also worked with the California Chamber of Commerce in the International Affairs and Corporate Relations departments, as well as the California Seismic Safety Commission. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from West Virginia University and she earned an M.A. from the School of Government at California State University, Sacramento.

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.

Alan Kwok, Director, Disaster Resilience, Northern California Grantmakers

Alan seeks to strengthen and galvanize the philanthropy sector in California around investments in community-based disaster resilience. He brings to his role a wealth of experiences in community health, youth and workforce development, and disaster management. He managed a FEMA award-winning community resilience initiative in the Bay Area American Red Cross and continues to research on community disaster resilience. He earned his PhD in emergency management at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research (JCDR) at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand. His research is published in World Bank.


To attend, please email Elizabeth Ford by July 31st at

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This event is open to NCG members and nonmember funders. 

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