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A Message from NCG Board Secretary, Lakshmi Karan

Thursday, March 14, 2019

In accordance with Northern California Grantmakers’ bylaws, this message serves as formal written notice that the Annual Meeting of members will be held on April 23 at the San Mateo Marriott. This meeting will be a part of NCG’s 2019 Values. Vision. Voice. Conference.

During the meeting, five candidates will be presented as nominees for a vote to the NCG Board of Directors. Learn more about each of the nominees below. 

In addition, the following current members of NCG's board are nominated for re-election. A vote will also be taken for these candidates at this time.

Our appreciation to the following board members who are concluding their terms. Roger DoughtyDaniel HarrisLakshmi Karan, Board Chair Jeff Malloy, and Retha Robinson. This group has guided the organization with extraordinary vision and dedication.

Board Candidates

Dimple Abichandani | Executive Director, General Service Foundation
Dimple Abichandani is the Executive Director of the General Service Foundation (GSF), a private foundation that supports organizations building power at the intersection of racial, gender and economic justice. Dimple joined General Service Foundation in 2015, bringing almost two decades of experience advancing social justice as a lawyer, funder and educator.
Prior to joining GSF, Dimple was the Executive Director of the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at UC Berkeley School of Law. At the Center, Dimple launched a social justice innovation lab aimed at generating new long-term approaches to persistent social justice challenges and providing law students opportunities to develop skills and mindsets including creativity, empathy, collaboration and social justice problem solving.
As the founding program officer of the Security and Rights Collaborative (SRC) at the Proteus Fund, Dimple managed a donor collaborative aimed at challenging post-9/11 Islamophobia and discrimination and restoring civil rights and liberties. Earlier in her career, Dimple worked at Legal Services NYC, first as a staff attorney where she represented low wage workers and later as the Director of Program Development.
Dimple currently serves on the board of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees and has served on the boards of Asian Americans Advancing Justice- Asian Law Caucus, Forward Together and the Third Wave Foundation. Dimple earned a JD at Northeastern University School of Law, and a BA in English with Honors at the University of Texas at Austin. She lives in Oakland, CA with her daughter and partner.

Cecilia Oregón Echeverría, MPP, MPH | Executive Director, Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy (IHP)
Cecilia identifies emerging health policy topics and guides the Institute’s portfolio of work. She also leads strategy and operations for IHP. Cecilia joined KP in 2013 as the Director of Safety Net Partnerships for the National Community Benefit program where she helped accelerate safety net grant strategy and initiatives. She also fostered the development and spread of national and regional safety net partnerships.

Before Kaiser Permanente, Cecilia served as a program officer for Blue Shield of California Foundation where she managing the portfolio of grants focused on strengthening California's healthcare safety net. She has also served as a senior program officer with The California Endowment where she provided strategic direction to The Endowment's efforts to promote school health, expand public health insurance coverage, and strengthen the healthcare safety net. Before that, she was with the California HealthCare Foundation as a policy analyst. Outside of philanthropy, she has served as a legislative analyst for the Congressional Research Service (CRS) in Washington, D.C., and as a special projects associate for the Alameda County Public Health Department. 

She is an alumnus of the Presidential Management Fellowship program, and in 2012 she was selected as a participant in the Grantmakers in Health Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy. She currently serves as an Alameda County First 5 Commissioner and serves on the boards of directors for the California School-Based Health Alliance and the Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP). In 2018, she received a Latino Heritage Leadership Award from California Senator Bob Wieckowski for her record of leadership and service.

Glen Galaich | CEO, Stupski Foundation
Glen Galaich is the CEO of the Stupski Foundation, a Bay Area-based foundation spending all of its assets within the next 10 years to address some of the Bay Area’s and Hawai‘i’s biggest challenges so one day everyone can benefit from the resources and opportunities in the places the Foundation calls home. He is responsible for leading the overall spenddown strategy of the Foundation as well as overseeing programmatic focus areas and operations.

Glen previously served as Chief Executive Officer of The Philanthropy Workshop, whose mission was to educate, inspire, and activate a peer network of effective, engaged, and innovative philanthropists. His career in strategic philanthropy started with the founding team of the Global Philanthropy Forum where he was responsible for launching the first and second Conferences on Borderless Giving. He also served at Human Rights Watch as the deputy director of development for North America where he had strategic oversight of the Human Rights Watch Council, a network of supporters and opinion leaders committed to raising money for, and awareness of, human rights in five major cities.

Glen has written and published on the role of ethnicity in the formation of political parties, human rights, and in the use of political violence and repression in sub-Saharan Africa. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in political science, and a B.A. in political science from the University of California at San Diego.

Lucia Corral Peña | Senior Program Officer, Blue Shield of California Foundation
Lucia Corral Peña is a senior program officer for Blue Shield of California Foundation managing the Breaking the Cycle of Multigenerational Violence Initiative in California. She leads the Foundation’s portfolio of grants to prevent domestic and family violence.
Prior to her role at the Foundation, Ms. Corral Peña was principal of Corral Peña Consulting where her practice focused on creating opportunities for diverse and low-income communities, addressing the unmet needs of immigrants, agricultural workers, and women in California. With almost 25 years of programmatic and grantmaking experience, Ms. Corral Peña has contributed to national- and regional-level collaboratives on Latino leadership, reproductive justice, and civic engagement projects. She previously served as director of the Western Region for Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP), where she managed the organization's award-winning Funders' Collaborative for Strong Latino Communities in five states. She has also served as program director at The California Wellness Foundation where she focused on state and local projects promoting the health of California's low-wage workforce.
Ms. Corral Peña received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. She is a member of the California State Bar, and an alumnus of The San Francisco Foundation's Multicultural Fellowship. She has served as pro bono counsel, and on a variety of nonprofit boards, including Equal Rights Advocates and Centro Legal de La Raza. 

Janet Y. Spears | Chief Executive Officer, Metta Fund 
Janet Y. Spears is Chief Executive Officer of Metta Fund, a private foundation dedicated to advancing the health and wellness of San Francisco’s aging population. Established in 1998, the foundation has a current endowment of more than $70 million and grants out approximately $2.4 million per year. Under Janet’s leadership, Metta Fund has pursued an audacious vision of an inclusive, connected, multi-generational, healthy and thriving San Francisco. She has established new organizational priorities and spearheaded innovative opportunities for collaboration in service of the health and wellness of the community, 

Before joining Metta Fund, Janet was Chief Operating Officer at the East Bay Community Foundation (EBCF), a community foundation located in Oakland, California with approximately $400 million in assets. During her tenure, she oversaw development, grantmaking, communications, and donor services, and guided EBCF to a programmatically strong and financially healthy position. Prior to EBCF, Janet enjoyed a 23-year career at AT&T, where she led complex sales solutions as Sales Vice President. 

In her spare time, Janet serves as Regent of the Board at the University of the Pacific (UOP), her alma mater. There, she is Chair of the Academics and Student Affairs Committee, and previously served as Board Secretary. She was also formerly on the Board of UOP's Pacific School Alumni Association. 

Janet holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Pacific, where she was named distinguished alumna in 2012. She also holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, and an Advanced Management Certificate from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Janet is a California native and longtime San Francisco resident.