We want to extend our deepest gratitude for Alan Kwok for serving as NCG’s and Philanthropy California’s Director of Climate and Disaster Resilience for the past four years. Alan will transition to the new role of Senior Advisor beginning February 2023. Underscoring NCG’s deepening commitment to advancing equity in climate and disaster resilience, we will be growing the team, bringing on a new Climate and Disaster Resilience Director to continue the work.
During Alan’s tenure, California experienced unprecedented wildfires, drought, extreme heat events, earthquakes, and winter storms in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic. He not only led the refinement of NCG’s strategy to confront the consequences of climate change in our region, he created opportunities to build climate resilience and coordinated statewide response through NCG’s partnership with Philanthropy California.
“Alan’s passion and expertise for building an intersectional climate justice approach is what our field needs,” said Dwayne S. Marsh, NCG’s President, and CEO. “We look forward to having his continued leadership at NCG and in the field.”
Alan has helped build a vast network of multi-sector partners in California and across the nation with the goal of galvanizing philanthropic action to advance equitable climate and disaster resilience. Alan shared his immense gratitude to key philanthropic partners in co-creating the Wildfire Resilience Funders Network, which now compromises of over 100+ funders across the western U.S. to address intersectional wildfire resilience issues that include workforce development, public health, cultural burning, and technology. Additionally, in partnership with the League of California Community Foundations and the State of California, Alan was integral in the creation of the statewide Disaster Relief, Recovery, and Resilience Fund, which plays a critical role in providing equitable financial resources to local community foundations for disaster relief, recovery, and long-term resilience needs. Furthermore, Alan launched NCG’s Funders for Climate Equity group and supported the formation of several other climate and disaster-related networks, including the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Network of Disaster Funders.
NCG is excited to build on Alan’s efforts, mobilizing philanthropy to rise up and answer the call for climate resilience efforts. Together, we can cultivate and engage philanthropy to build a just and climate-resilient California.
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