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What Is and What Could Be: Processing Election Results

Thursday, November 19, 2020 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm PST
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At Northern California Grantmakers we bring philanthropy together to tackle our region’s most pressing social issues. In 2016, during the period immediately following the election, we took comfort in coming together to steady ourselves and recommit to democratic values and civil exchange. This year, we will gather again, virtually.

As we prepare for the results of the 2020 presidential election funders have invested personally and professionally to secure a fair and free election. As initial results become available, and communities respond, we anticipate a range of emotions. Coming together in community can provide an antidote, support us with what we’re feeling, and also discern action that comes from our deepest reserves of hope and love. Grab a cup of tea and join us as we make room for whatever’s coming up, discuss the post-election state of affairs. We’ll create ample time for reflection, information exchange, and discussion.

This space welcomes differing views as part of the way we build relationships with each other. Community leaders will also share their view on what is unfolding in communities throughout Northern California, and ways philanthropy can support community-led efforts in the short-and longer-term. In these learning spaces, we welcome curiosity and candid discussion to advance equity and social justice in our organizations and grantmaking. This is the second in a series of three programs aimed at understanding the importance of the 2020 election for advancing racial equity and social justice in California.

Join us again on December 17, 2020, to unpack voter behavior and review up-to-date election and ballot results.


Saa'un P. Bell, Strategy Director, Californians for Justice
Saa'un is grounded in her southern roots of Greenville Alabama, and Eastern Samar, Saa’un is the oldest of six, from a serious, but comical, working-class Black and Filipino immigrant family. As a former English Language Learner student from Long Beach Unified School District and 1st generation college graduate, Saa’un is committed to building a public education infrastructure where all students have the opportunities to fulfill their highest aspirations. Saa’un joined CFJ in 2009 as an Organizer where they organized community college students and youth of color in Oakland schools. Currently, Saa’un oversees all communications & narrative strategies for CFJ’s regional and statewide campaigns. They are also Associate at the Center for Story-based Strategy where they get to apply their story & strategic wizardry on statewide & national communication projects. Saa’un holds a BA in Philosophy.
Caitlin Brune, Senior Fellow, Northern California Grantmakers

Caitlin Brune is a philanthropic and nonprofit consultant with 25 years of nonprofit experience, including more than a decade of grantmaking experience, in roles spanning finance, development, program planning and oversight, and executive management. Most recently, Ms. Brune served as CEO of the Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust, a 20-year-old nonprofit health foundation serving Pajaro Valley residents. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California-Berkeley. An experiential learner with lifelong curiosity about the drivers of well-being for individuals and communities, Ms. Brune has previously trained and certified as an Emergency Medical Technician, yoga teacher, massage therapist, meditation instructor, and beginning organic farmer. She volunteers as a meditation instructor at Soledad Correctional Training Facility and serves on the boards of the Santa Cruz County Integrated Health Center Commission, Santa Cruz Community Ventures, and Farm Discovery.

Crispin Delgado, Public Policy Director, Northern California Grantmakers

Crispin Delgado is a Public Policy Director. As a native of Richmond, CA, Crispin’s childhood experiences shaped the path for a career focused on helping disinvested communities like his own. With over two decades of experience, Crispin brings to NCG rich lived and professional experience and a vision for advancing equity and social justice through an exciting policy agenda for our organization, our members, and the community we serve. A seasoned philanthropic professional, Crispin served as program officer for Blue Shield of California Foundation where he worked to advance value-based care policy efforts in California and led signature programs, including the Clinic Leadership Institute. He arrived at philanthropy following several years as a leader within San Mateo County’s safety-net healthcare system. He most recently ran a thriving consulting practice where he developed philanthropic strategies to improve access to and quality of care for low-income communities. Crispin holds a master's degree in public policy from the Goldman School at UC Berkeley.

Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO, Latino Community Foundation (LCF).
The mission of LCF is to unleash the power of Latinos in California. Jacqueline has led LCF through a critical stage of growth and expansion. Today, LCF leads one of the largest networks of Latino philanthropists in the country and it is the only statewide foundation solely focused on investing in Latino leaders. Jacqueline is driven by a sense of urgency, justice, and determination to create opportunities for Latinos to thrive economically and engage politically. Jacqueline has published extensively on issues related to health equity, vulnerable populations, and community health workers. She holds a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University.


Joshua Lee, Multicultural Fellow, San Francisco Foundation 
Joshua is part of the Power team that focuses on building movement work throughout the Bay Area through partnerships centered on organizing, leadership development, and civic engagement. One core way this work is done is through the use of the Rapid Response Fund for Movement Building, which provides quick-turnaround funds to frontline social justice organizations. Given today’s context, partnerships like these, that prioritize the voices of our communities, are an integral strategy towards racial and economic equity.
Dwayne Marsh, President and CEO, Northern California Grantmakers

Dwayne S. Marsh became President and CEO of Northern California Grantmakers on September 9, 2020. He brings 27 years of experience in the public, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors with a career commitment to advancing racial and economic equity.

Dwayne recently completed a four-year turn as co-Director of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) and Vice President of Institutional and Sectoral Change at Race Forward. During his tenure, the membership network of local, regional, and state entities committed to advancing racial equity through the policies, practices, and public investments grew from just over 20 to nearly 200 participating jurisdictions.

Before GARE, Marsh spent six years as a senior advisor in the Office of Economic Resilience (OER) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. There, he helped advance sustainable planning and development through interagency partnerships, departmental transformation, and funding initiatives managed through OER. He was OER’s principal coordinator for a $250 million grant program and led the development of capacity building resources that reinforced the work of pioneering grantees in 48 states and the District of Columbia. Under his leadership, OER prioritized equity as a foundational principle for its planning and investment initiatives.

Marsh brings to the movement his expertise and considerable experience in coalition building for regional equity and leadership development for policy change. He provides technical assistance and capacity building knowledge to equitable development initiatives that address continuing disparities in affordable housing, transportation investment, and environmental justice. Before HUD, Marsh spent a decade at PolicyLink, the national organization committed to economic and social equity. Before PolicyLink, he directed the FAITHS Initiative for eight years at The San Francisco Foundation, building a nationally renowned community development and capacity building program that continues to this day. His career has been defined by supporting communities traditionally marginalized from full participation in our economy and society to build power and leverage lasting systems transformation.


Target Audience 

This event is for NCG members only.