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Announcing Chris Punongbayan as Director, Equity and Social Justice

Thursday, January 26, 2017

NCG is pleased to announce that Chris Punongbayan has been named Director, Equity and Social Justice.

“We’re thrilled to support the efforts of our members to advance equity and social justice in their work, and doubly so, through Chris’ exceptional skill-set in opening conversation about race, gender, and class in our community,” said Ellen LaPointe, President and CEO, Northern California Grantmakers.

Chris brings a longstanding commitment to equity and social justice, primarily through legal work, most recently as the head of Advancing Justice—Asian Law Caucus.

His views can be heard on KQED, and on Huffington Post, where he is a contributor. He has been honored as a Pioneer in Justice by the Levi Strauss Foundation.

In his twenty years of experience in the social justice movement, Chris has overseen numerous legal and advocacy efforts on issues of immigration to racial equity to voting rights. Previously, Chris held positions at Positive Resource Center, Filipino Advocates for Justice, and Asian Americans for Equality. Currently, he is a member of the Community Advisory Panel of KQED and is the treasurer of Mobilize the Immigrant Vote Action Fund. Chris graduated cum laude from Brown University with a degree in Asian American Studies, and from UCLA School of Law where he completed the Critical Race Studies concentration and the Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy.

"Addressing the most entrenched problems in society today requires bold thinking and even bolder actions. How can philanthropy catalyze the solutions that are so badly needed in our times?” reflected Chris. “I am excited to merge my own journey to bring about a more just society in my lifetime with that of the Northern California Grantmakers' community.”

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