Darren Sandow, Co-Chair
Port Washington, NY
Darren Sandow is the executive director of the Hagedorn Foundation, which supports and promotes social equity on Long Island, and is the recipient of the 2013 Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking. Under his leadership, the Hagedorn Foundation has spearheaded the Long Island Census 2010 Initiative and has supported cutting-edge community and public-private initiatives that work to diminish tensions between established residents and newly arrived immigrants. Darren joined the Hagedorn Foundation in August of 2005 after serving as the program director for the Long Island Community Foundation and the Long Island Unitarian Universalist Fund. He has served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica, worked at the Health and Welfare Council of Nassau County, and served as the CFO for the People's Firehouse in Brooklyn. Darren is a graduate of the Master's Program for Nonprofit Management at New School for Social Research. He has worked closely with fellow GCIR members through the Four Freedoms Fund.
Geri Mannion, Co-Chair
Program Director, U.S. Democracy and
Special Opportunities Fund
Carnegie Corporation of New York
New York, NY
Geri Mannion is program director of the U.S. Democracy and Special Opportunities Fund at Carnegie Corporation of New York. The U.S. Democracy Program, which Geri has directed since 1998, focuses on immigrant civic integration, youth civic education, and election administration. The Fund allows the Corporation to respond to proposals that are important but not directly related to the foundation's primary foci. Prior to this current role, Geri staffed the Corporation's program of Special Projects for almost ten years. Prior to joining the Corporation, she spent 13 years in a variety of positions, including program associate for International Relations, at the Rockefeller Foundation and also served as a consultant with the Ford Foundation on its international affairs program. Geri co-chaired the Funders' Committee for Citizen Participation from 1993 to 1995 and is concluding another term as co-chair; she has also been active in the Social Justice Infrastructure Funders Group. Geri holds an MA in Political Science and a BA in English, both from Fordham University.
Jocelyn Ancheta, Secretary
Senior Program Officer
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation
Jocelyn Ancheta joined the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation as program officer in October 2005. In that capacity, she manages Healthy Together: Creating Community with New Americans. Prior to that, Jocelyn was a program officer in Children and Families at The McKnight Foundation for almost 11 years, where she managed Community Support and Connections, among other programs. She has worked as a safety program coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Traffic Safety; community worker with Catholic Charities; legal advocate with the Domestic Abuse Project; and project manager for Metro Deaf Senior Citizens. Her board involvement includes Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Filipino American Women's Network, MN, and Philippine Center of Minnesota. She holds an MA in Public Affairs and a BA in Education/Park and Recreation Administration. Jocelyn emigrated from the Philippines to Minnesota with her family in 1966. She previously served on the GCIR board in 2003-04.
Manuel J. Santamaria, CIII Liaison, Treasurer
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Mountain View, CA
Manuel J. Santamaria is grantmaking director at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, where he leads the Immigrant Integration grantmaking strategy and has the primary responsibility of linking donor engagement staff to community organizations, regional needs, and grantmaking best practices. He joined Peninsula Community Foundation in 1999 and managed the nine community collaborative sites of the Peninsula Partnership for Children, Youth and FamiliesTM, which brought together city-, school- and community-based organizations in San Mateo County. He also helped launch and manage community-wide initiatives that improved the health and well-being of children ages 0-8 years old. Prior to the foundation, Manuel developed and led initiatives for a network of family resource centers; helped develop education programs for children and adults; and has worked with local organizations that advocate for the protection of immigrant rights. Manuel is a bilingual and bicultural facilitator with extensive community-based teaching and organizing experience. He holds an MA in Public Administration and a BA in International Relations.
Cory Anderson, Information and Communications
Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
Little Rock, AR
Cory S. Anderson is vice president at the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Cory served as program associate for the Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT Initiative for nearly seven years. In that capacity, he managed and funded a nationwide network of state-level KIDS COUNT projects that provide a more detailed, community-by-community picture of the condition of children. Before that, he was manager of Partner Development at the Forum for Youth Investment, engaging national organizations in partnerships designed to strengthen youth work. As a reporter with the Arkansas Gazette, he researched and reported on issues related to school, children and higher education. He has also served as a juvenile probation officer, a program coordinator for a direct service program that provided an array of services to families and children, and a state program specialist with the Corporation for National Service. As an intervention specialist and later a program specialist with New Futures for Youth, he assisted in the development of a model gang intervention program and then worked on youth employability issues.
Cathy Cha, Program Committee Chair
Senior Program Officer, Immigrant Rights and Integration
Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
San Francisco, CA
Cathy Cha is senior program officer for Immigrant Rights and Integration at the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, where she manages the Fund's efforts to promote rights and opportunities for immigrants to become fully engaged citizens. Prior to her joining the Fund, Cathy served as a program officer for Community Economic Development at the Hyams Foundation in Boston and was project manager at the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation in San Francisco. She also has worked for ICF Consulting, the City of Oakland, and the United Way in Seattle. Cathy holds an MA in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in Psychology from the University of Washington, Seattle.
CFO and Immigration Program Director
The Grove Foundation
Los Altos, CA
Leslie Dorosin is the CFO of the Grove Foundation, where she oversees internal operations and manages the foundation’s immigration grantmaking. She has been at the foundation since 2005. She started her career as an analyst at an equity investment firm and spent the bulk of her career at Intel Corporation. Positions at Intel included group controller for Worldwide Microprocessor Development, director of Intel Alliance Program, Intel Capital and special assistant to the vice president of human resources. As an active member of GCIR’s California Immigrant Integration Initiative, Leslie has played a leadership role in the areas of naturalization and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). She also brings extensive experience in evaluation. Ms. Dorosin has a BA in Economics from UC Berkeley and an MBA from UCLA.
Neighborhoods & Communities Advisory Committee
The Seattle Foundation
Alice Ito is a distinguished fellow at the Center for Community Change; and serves on the Neighborhoods & Communities Advisory Committee for The Seattle Foundation. She previously served as a program officer at the Marguerite Casey Foundation, and directed the grant programs at the Social Justice Fund Northwest (formerly known as ATR, A Territory Resource). Alice also worked for more than 20 years as a staff member or consultant with community based nonprofit organizations. She conducted education, research, and oral history interviewing at Densho, a nonprofit that documents and educates about principles of democracy and the experiences of Japanese Americans incarcerated by the U.S. government, without due process of law and on the basis of their ancestry, during World War II. Alice has co-founded organizations including the Nonprofit Assistance Center in Seattle and the Asian Women’s Shelter in San Francisco. She has served as a board member for philanthropic and other nonprofit entities including the Family Leadership Fund, National Network of Grantmakers, and Women’s Foundation of California. Born and raised in Washington State, she is a grandchild of immigrants. She is a graduate of Stanford University and attended the program in Public Policy at Claremont Graduate University in California.
Program Officer, Migrant and Immigrant Rights
New York, NY
Mayra Peters-Quinteros is program officer for the Migrant and Immigrant Rights portfolio at the Ford Foundation. Over the course of her career, Mayra has worked on immigrant rights issues in the public, academic, and nonprofit sectors. As director of the Bureau of Immigrant Workers' Rights at the New York State Department of Labor, she led a statewide initiative to protect and advance the rights of immigrants in New York and to develop and reform government agency policies affecting immigrants. Prior to that, Mayra taught at New York University (NYU) School of Law, co-directing its Immigrant Rights Clinic. Her work there focused on low-wage and immigrant worker representation and providing legal aid to community-based organizations. She also developed the first immigrant rights project at LatinoJustice PRLDEF, a national civil rights organization, where she served as a Skadden Fellow and associate counsel. Earlier, she completed a clerkship with U.S. District Court Judge Sterling Johnson Jr. in the Eastern District of New York. Mayra earned a joint degree in law from NYU, where she was a Root-Tilden-Snow Scholar, and in international development from Princeton University, where she was a Ford Foundation fellow. She completed her bachelor's degree in political economy at the University of California at Berkeley. She is originally from Panama.
Molly Schultz Hafid, Membership Committee Chair
Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock
Molly Schultz Hafid is a program officer at the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock, where she is responsible for the Democratic Participation, Civil and Constitutional Rights and Community Organizing program areas. Prior to the Veatch Program, she worked as the Director of Grantmaking Programs at the Jewish Fund for Justice, where she managed a portfolio that included grantmaking to community organizing and advocacy groups, redevelopment and recovery grants in the Gulf Coast region (following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita), the Seasons Fund for Social Transformation (a Ford Foundation initiative), and management of the individual donor-advised fund program. Molly has also worked as a program manager of Strategic Partnerships at the Jewish Funders Network and as the Acting Deputy Director of the North Star Fund. She has held positions as a director, grantmaker, and development professional for nonprofit organizations in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Vermont, and Ohio. Molly holds an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Literature from Antioch College and Nonprofit Management from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. Molly’s research interest is the role of charitable capital flows in building civil society in the Middle East and North Africa. She recently completed a research fellowship at the American University in Cairo.
John W. Slocum
Director, Migration – International Programs
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
John Slocum directs the MacArthur Foundation’s cross-Foundation Migration program area, which aims at improving conditions for vulnerable migrants, while laying the groundwork for fundamental improvements in migration policies and practices at the national, regional, and global levels. At MacArthur, John previously directed the Initiative on Global Migration and Human Mobility (2006-2012) and the Higher Education Initiative in Russia (2006-2012). He was also program officer (and later co-director) for the Initiative in the Former Soviet Union/Russian Federation (1997-2005) and staff coordinator for the Research and Writing Grants Competition (1997-2004). Prior to joining MacArthur in 1997, John was an assistant professor of political science at the University of Oklahoma and held a postdoctoral position at Cornell University's Peace Studies Program. He has also worked in public television. John is the author of several articles on Russia on topics including nationality politics, federalism, and philanthropy. In summer 2005, John was a visiting fellow at the Maecenata Institute for Philanthropy and Civil Society in Berlin. John has an AB in from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MA and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (all in political science).
Betty Balli Torres
Texas Access to Justice Foundation
Betty Balli Torres has led the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, the largest Texas-based funder for legal services to the poor, since October 2001. She started her career as a staff attorney at Legal Aid of Central Texas in 1987. Subsequently, she has held various direct service and administrative public interest positions: executive director of Laredo Legal Aid Society, Inc.; legal director of Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas; managing attorney of the Austin office of Legal Aid of Central Texas; and as a staff attorney at Advocacy, Inc. in the Rio Grande Valley. Betty is a past president of the National Association of IOLTA Programs. She serves on the two national boards of Management Information Exchange (MIE) and Pro Bono Net. She is also secretary to the Hispanic Issues Section of the State Bar of Texas and on the Board of Directors of the Austin Tenants Council. Betty is a member of the Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force and a member of the Hispanic Bar Association of Austin, Austin Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Aditi Vaidya is a program officer for the Solidago Foundation where she manages the economic justice program supporting low-wage immigrant worker organizing. She has a range of experience in grassroots organizing, worker rights campaigns, and coalition-building around economic justice, immigrant rights, environmental justice, and corporate accountability issues. She has worked at the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, where she served as campaign director for the Oakland Coalition for Clean and Safe Ports, which involved more than 80 diverse organizations. Aditi has also worked at the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, Jennifer Altman Foundation, Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice, and League of Conservation Voters Education Fund. She currently serves on the boards of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Worksafe, and CorpWatch. She has a master’s degree in Public Health from Emory University.
Program Director, US Program
New York, NY
Ted Wang is the program director for Unbound Philanthropy's United States Program, focused on supporting immigration policies and practices that promote a fair and just society. Before joining the Unbound Philanthropy staff in 2011, Ted worked as a public policy consultant, advising a mix of foundations, policy organizations, and elected officials. Prior to consulting, he worked for 14 years in the civil rights community, holding leadership positions at Chinese for Affirmative Action and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. Ted litigated discrimination and voting rights cases and drafted local and state laws promoting immigrant rights, racial justice, and small business development. Ted holds a BA from Reed College and a JD from Yale Law School.