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Northern California Grantmakers Welcomes New Board Members

Monday, February 29, 2016

San Francisco, CA, February 29, 2016  Northern California Grantmakers welcomes three new members to its Board of Directors:

Allison Magee, Executive Director of The Zellerbach Family Foundation

Carol Ting, Chief Operating Officer of the Stuart Foundation

Holly Potter, Chief Communications Officer of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

"NCG's governing board actively sets the direction and oversees its dynamic philanthropic programming and collaborative efforts for the network's 160 members. The infusion of three new diverse skill sets and professional backgrounds will further boost the board’s generative and strategic discussions. This will benefit the Bay Area region as a whole, where NCG members’ community investments contribute to overcoming barriers to social equity and change and improving the lives of individuals and families,” states Diane Parnes, NCG’s Board Chair. 

Allison Magee has been the Executive Director of The Zellerbach Family Foundation since February 2014. Prior to that, Allison worked for the City and County of San Francisco, where she served as a leader in strengthening services for system-involved youth and their families. Her work as Deputy Director of the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department includes the development of a national model for juvenile justice system reform. Allison also established a collaborative model for the city’s funding of community-based services that resulted in over $14 million in dedicated funding for violence prevention programs for San Francisco youth. In 2010, Allison was awarded SPUR’s Good Governance Award for her work at JPD.

Allison worked for Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Office of Budget and Policy, and the US Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General where she won the Inspector General’s Excellence Award in 2003. Allison holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy and Administration and a Master’s Degree in Social Work, both from Columbia University. She also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University.

Carol Ting joined the Stuart Foundation in 2013. Carol brings over two decades of experience across the nonprofit and private sectors. Carol served at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for 10 years in a variety of roles focusing on program finance and the grantee experience. Her nonprofit work began at the Nonprofit Finance Fund, a national nonprofit financial services provider, where she led the San Francisco Bay Area program. She also worked at JP Morgan Chase and Prudential in community development, corporate philanthropy, asset management and operations.
Carol graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College and earned a Masters in private and public management from the Yale School of Management.


Holly Potter is an experienced communications strategist who has held a variety of leadership positions directing a broad range of promotional and advocacy campaigns. She has a track record of award-winning programs that influence stakeholders, shift public opinion and change behavior.  As chief communications officer for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Holly oversees the organization’s brand and enhances its reputation, develops employee and grantee engagement programs, and leads the planning and execution of strategic communications programs to help create enduring impact in the areas of environmental conservation, science and patient care.

Previously, as vice president of brand communication for Kaiser Permanente, Holly oversaw national efforts to promote the company’s story and achievements through public relations, partnerships and stakeholder management programs. The work helped to establish Kaiser Permanente’s reputation as a model for the future of health care among opinion leaders and partners in the health, business, philanthropic and advocacy communities.

 “We have a great year ahead as NCG's community continues to strengthen and grow,” offered NCG President and CEO Ellen LaPointe. "We are hashing out ideas, forming alliances, building initiatives and supporting and inspiring one another as we unite in shared purpose.  I am delighted that Carol, Allison, and Holly have joined what was already a dedicated and effective Board.  Each of them brings great energy, capacity, and commitment to the sector, as well as enthusiasm about the possibilities that lie ahead.  The NCG community is fortunate that they have decided to serve in this way.”

NCG’s 2016 Board Officers are:

Chair: Diane Parnes, Board Secretary, Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund;

Vice Chair: Brenda Solorzano, Chief Program Director, Blue Shield of California Foundation;

Secretary: Sara Davis, Director of Grants Management, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation;

Treasurer: Jeff Malloy, Chief Operating Officer , the Heising-Simons Foundation.

NCG’s full slate of 2016 Board members also includes Sandra Nathan, Executive Director of the AIDS Emergency Fund/Breast Cancer Emergency Fund; Roger Doughty, Executive Director of the Horizons Foundation and Retha Robinson, Director, Koshland Program for The San Francisco Foundation.

About Northern California Grantmakers

Northern California Grantmakers is a partner in our region’s philanthropic community bringing funders and other key stakeholders together to tackle big issues and achieve shared goals. Founded in 1981, the organization’s members include community foundations, corporate foundations and corporate giving programs, family foundations, giving circles, governmental grantmaking agencies, independent foundations, individual donors and donor-advised funds, nonprofit intermediary organizations, operating foundations, philanthropic advisors, philanthropic consultants, and public foundations.  NCG connects these members across the Bay Area through issue-briefings, skill-building trainings, webinars, signature programs including the Annual Conference, Corporate Philanthropy Institute, and the New Grantmakers Institute, volunteer committees and collaborative funding programs.  

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