The call to end family separation at the border and reunify parents with their children shows the power that engaged people and communities have to influence policy, educate the public, direct resources, and make change. With all of the complex issues that threaten the health of communities today, like the pending changes to public charge or the lack of affordable housing, now is the time for upstream power building and advocacy strategies. They are strong forces for social change, but funding them is new territory for many health funders.
How can philanthropy support communities to lift up their voices so their lived experiences are heard, and the change they want happens? What steps can funders who are new to this work take to support advocacy, civic and community engagement, or power building without crossing the line into lobbying? Join the Bay Area Health Funders Group and Bay Area Justice Funders Network as we hear from foundations that have adopted upstream advocacy and engagement strategies as tools to achieve their community health goals. We'll hear about a range of approaches, from supporting advocacy organizations to advance health agendas to building capacity in direct service organizations to engage and mobilize their communities. We hope you can join us for this rich discussion.
About the Bay Area Health Funders Group (BAHFG)
Bay Area Health Funders Group gathers in common cause toward the well-being of our communities. Funders from a spectrum of interest areas identify shared concerns and areas where they can support each other’s priorities.
Network members fund critical health issues such as access and equity and also welcome partners making investments to help build healthy communities more broadly, including nutritious foods, early childhood education, family services and environmental health.
Alicia Harris is the Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice Program Officer at the Grove Foundation. Previously, she implemented sexual violence prevention education at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition, she has worked with a number of Bay Area organizations focusing on LGBTQ health, reproductive justice and sexuality education. Recently, she served as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for ACCESS Women’s Health Justice, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending institutional and practical barriers to reproductive health. Alicia earned a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.P.H. from UC Berkeley.
Maria Nakae is the Engagement Director at Justice Funders, Maria leads resource development, communications that promote justice funder values & philanthropic transformation, and programming for the Bay Area Justice Funders Network — Justice Funders’ regional network for learning and action. She brings 17 years of experience in expansive roles as movement builder, organizer, trainer, fundraiser, communicator, capacity builder, community educator, researcher and direct service provider. Maria is a 2006 New Voices Fellow and holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley with an emphasis in maternal and child health. She loves reading food blogs but can’t find time to cook most of the recipes she wants to try. Instead, in her free time you’ll find her drumming at protests and hanging out at the playground with her two spunky girls.
Thu Quach, PhD, Chief Deputy of Administration, Asian Health Services oversees community services programs, research, specialty mental health, facilities and general administration at Asian Health Services, a federally qualified health center in Oakland serving 28,000 patients in English and 12 Asian languages. As an epidemiologist, Dr. Quach has conducted research focusing on Asian Americans and immigrant populations, including examining occupational exposures and health impacts among Vietnamese nail salon workers. Dr. Quach is involved in local, statewide, and national research and policy efforts to promote health equity, including data warehouses, community-based participatory research, civic engagement, and health policy. In addition, she has been very involved in a new organization – the Progressive Vietnamese American Organization (PIVOT), which engages and empowers Vietnamese Americans for a just and diverse America. Dr. Quach was born in Vietnam, and arrived in the U.S. at the age of five as a refugee with her parents and siblings. She received a Masters in Public Health at U.C.L.A. and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology at U.C. Berkeley.
Stephanie Volkoff Green, Director of Institutional Partnerships, The Women's Foundation of California, she works with partners from the institutional and corporate philanthropic communities to support the work of the Foundation and strengthen the field of gender justice funders across the state. She manages the Philanthropy and Public Policy Institute, a three-day training program for funders and individual philanthropists interested in funding policy advocacy. She also oversees the emerging Gender Justice Funders Collaborative.
Stephanie holds a Master’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Texas at Austin where she was the teaching assistant for former Governor Ann Richards. She received her undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s College of California where she helped found the College’s Women’s Resource and Research Center.
Sachi Yoshii, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects, East Bay Community Foundation provides support to the strategic direction and implementation of the Foundation’s vision to advance a Just East Bay. Sachi started her career in philanthropy at The Atlantic Philanthropies working in a range of executive, program, and operations departments to provide oversight of global grant making activities, including the development of program strategies, financial and budget planning, and execution of technology initiatives and data trend analyses. She has also worked as a strategic consultant with leaders of foundations, non-profit organizations, and the public sector focused on development of community infrastructure in the Bay Area through public/private partnerships. Sachi is a member of The San Francisco Foundation’s Koshland Committee, serves on the Board of Directors for Rubicon Programs and the New Breath Foundation, and in an advisory capacity for the Asian Prisoners Support Committee. She is also an Instructor at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (aka the d.school) at Stanford University. Sachi is a native East Bay resident, currently living in Oakland. She received a dual-degree MBA from Columbia Business School and London Business School and a Bachelors degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz.