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Notice of Member Meeting and Election of Board Nominees

Monday, April 25, 2016

A Message from NCG Board Secretary, Sara Davis:

In accordance with Northern California Grantmakers’ bylaws, this announcement serves as notice that there will be a meeting of members on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 at 1:45 pm at the Microsoft Corporation campus in Mountain View, California.  This meeting will be a part of NCG’s 2016 The Power of Now Annual Conference

During the meeting, members will be asked to take the following actions:

1. Extend the term of Board Chair, Diane Parnes, through the end of 2016.

Diane Parnes has supported the growth and development of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley’s social and philanthropic sectors for more than 25 years. Her professional career spans the private, public and independent sectors including work in the fields of arts and education, health and human services, affordable housing, children’s literacy, civic and corporate volunteer engagement, as well as capacity building for nonprofit and philanthropic institutions.

Diane is currently an inspirational consultant and social impact advisor empowering nonprofit and foundation boards and CEO leaders to co-create positive social change. She draws from her leadership experience as a nonprofit development director and CEO of four regional nonprofits, a Silicon Valley corporate grantmaker, a family foundation executive and board volunteer leader. She has earned four certifications, including in nonprofit Board governance, corporate community relations, fundraising as well as multigenerational philanthropy consulting to support next gen funders and family enterprises. Diane is also a frequent presenter at nonprofit and philanthropy conferences and convenings.

Diane has guided several prominent Silicon Valley tech entrepreneurs and family philanthropies from startup to major growth evolutions, including an 11-year tenure as Executive Director of the Sobrato Family Foundation. During her leadership, the foundation was honored nationally and locally as Outstanding Foundation of the Year for its unique capacity building programs that she developed.

She is currently in her second term as Chair of Northern California Grantmakers, on the Executive Committee of the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2), serves as an advisor to the GreenLight Fund Bay Area, as well as a Board member of the internationally acclaimed men’s vocal ensemble, Chanticleer. Formerly, Diane served as Board Chair for CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, Secretary of the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits and on the Advisory Council of the Nonprofit Finance Fund.

2. Elect Fred Blackwell, CEO of The San Francisco Foundation, and Lakshmi Karan, Executive Director of the Genentech Foundation and Head of Genentech Corporate Charitable Giving, to NCG’s Board of Directors. 

Fred BlackwellFred Blackwell is a visionary leader working to ensure shared prosperity, innovation, and equity in the Bay Area. As CEO of The San Francisco Foundation, he leads one of the largest community foundations in the country, working hand-in-hand with donors, nonprofits, community leaders, business, and government partners in philanthropy to identify, influence, and leverage best practices and long-term solutions to make a greater impact in our community.

An Oakland native, Fred is a nationally recognized community leader with a longstanding career in the Bay Area. Prior to joining the Foundation, he served as Interim City Administrator for the City of Oakland where he previously served as the Assistant City Administrator. He was the Executive Director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and Director of the Mayor’s Office of Community Development in San Francisco; served as the Director of the Making Connections Initiative for the Annie E. Casey Foundation in the Lower San Antonio neighborhood of Oakland; was a Multicultural Fellow in Neighborhood and Community Development at The San Francisco Foundation; and subsequently managed a multi-year comprehensive community initiative for TSFF in West Oakland.

Fred currently serves on the board of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Legacy Fund, UC Berkeley’s College of Environment Dean’s Advisory Council, and as an advisor for Google Impact Challenge: Bay Area. He previously served on the boards of California Redevelopment Association, Urban Habitat Program, LeaderSpring, SPUR and Leadership Excellence. He holds a Master’s degree in City Planning from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from Morehouse College.

Lakshmi KaranLakshmi Karan guides the vision and direction to ensure overall alignment and success in Genentech’s philanthropy. She manage two entities – private foundation and corporate giving - that operate under distinct governance and management structures at Genentech. 

Prior to joining Genentech Lakshmi served as a Senior Global Strategies Advisor to The Hero Group, Director of Global Strategy at Riders for Health, a high-impact social enterprise that develops sustainable and cost effective transportation in sub-Saharan Africa as a means to health access, and Director of Impact Assessment, Learning, and Utilization at the Skoll Foundation.  She is also an Adjunct Professor of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, and a board member/advisor to several nonprofit organizations.  

Lakshmi holds a PhD in International Relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, A Masters in Computer Science and Systems Management from the National Institute of Information Technology, and a B.Sc. in Mathematics from Madras University.