Agenda at a Glance

All events will take place at The California Endowment’s L.A. Conference Center except where noted.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

7:45 - 8:00 am

Site Visit Participant Registration
Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles

8:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Site Visits 

  • Pre-registration is required, continental breakfast and snacks will be provided
  • Plenary and site visit departures will take place at the convening hotel, the Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles

Welcome and Opening to Los Angeles Site Visits  

It Takes a Village: Community Level Change Models in Action 

Leaders of Today—and Tomorrow: Immigrant and Refugee Youth Organizers Dialogue 

From Worker Rights to Workforce Development: Exploring the Continuum of Leadership and Engagement

12:00 - 6:00 pm Registration
2:30 - 3:00 pm Conference Opening and Welcome
3:00 - 4:15 pm Plenary
Moving the Needle on Immigration Policy in Uncertain Times
4:15 - 4:40 pm

Spark Teams Meet Up 

4:40 - 5:00 pm Los Angeles Dining Scene Overview from KCET's Juan Devis
5:00 - 6:00 pm Welcome Reception
5:00 - 6:00pm Documentary Photographer Verónica G. Cárdenas' Traveling Soles Exhibit
6:15 - 8:30 pm  Dine-arounds
  • Pre-registration is required and space is limited
  • Participants will depart from the conference center starting at 6:15 pm

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

8:00 - 8:55 am

Registration and Breakfast Activities 

9:00 - 9:10 am

Morning Welcome and Context Setting

9:10 - 10:30 am

Plenary

Improving Outcomes for Children of Color in Immigrant Families
10:30 - 10:45 am

Transition Break

10:45 am - 12:15 pm    

Concurrent Workshops

12:15 - 12:30 pm

Transition Break

12:30 - 2:00 pm

Lunch Activities

A Conversation with Bambadjan Bamba
Get Lit Spoken Word Performance
2:00 -  3:15 pm  

Plenary

Building Power—and Bridges—in Times of Crisis 
3:15 - 3:30 pm

Transition Break

3:30 - 4:50 pm

Concurrent Workshops

4:50 - 5:05 pm Transition Break
5:05 -  6:00 pm

Performance by Stand-Up Comedian Hari Kondabolu
Hors d‘oeuvres served 

6:00 pm Dinner and Evening On Your Own

Thursday, March 1, 2018

8:00 - 8:55 am

Breakfast Activities

9:00 - 9:05 am Opening Remarks 
9:05 - 10:15 am

Plenary

Advancing a New Narrative for Immigrants
10:15 - 10:35 am Spark Teams Meet Up 
10:35-10:45 am

Transition Break

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Concurrent Workshops

12:15 - 12:30 pm

Transition Break

12:30-1:15 pm

Lunch Activities

Performance by Singer-Songwriter Diana Gameros
1:15 - 2:15 pm

Plenary

Holding up the Sky: A Conversation with Women Leaders who are Charting a Course for the Future
2:15 pm

Concluding Remarks

2:30pm Convening Ends

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Full Agenda

Tuesday, February 27 | Wednesday, February 28 | Thursday, March 1

All events will take place at The California Endowment’s L.A. Conference Center except where noted.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

7:45 - 8:00 am Site Visit Participant Registration
Emerald Ballroom, Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles
8:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Site Visits

  • Pre-registration is required, continental breakfast and snacks will be provided
  • Plenary and site visit departures will take place at the convening hotel, the Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles

Welcome and Opening to Los Angeles Site Visits​
Emerald Ballroom, Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles

 

Please join us for breakfast and a dynamic overview of Los Angeles' immigrant and refugee communities, as well as an insiders’ perspective on how the city has been shaped and influenced by the contributions of newcomers. 

 

Keynote Speaker  

  • Dr. Manuel Pastor, Director, University of Southern California (USC) Program for Environmental and Regional Equity; Director, USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration

It Takes a Village: Community Level Change Models in Action

 

This site visit to the Magnolia Place Community Initiative will introduce funders to a range of programs and strategies to advance immigrant and refugee integration and protection. Participants will learn about the importance of wrap-around community service models that are inclusive of health, early childhood, and family programming, as well as partnerships with legal services and state and local policy advocacy organizations to advance protections for immigrant children and families.

 

Speakers

  • Mayra Alvarez, President, The Children's Partnership
  • Martha Arevalo, Executive Director, Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
  • Sam Joo, Director, Magnolia Community Initiative, Children's Bureau 

Moderator

  • Shannon Rudisill, Executive Director, Early Childhood Funders Collaborative

Leaders of Today—and Tomorrow: Immigrant and Refugee Youth Organizers Dialogue

 

This site visit to the UCLA Dream Center will provide a unique opportunity for one-on-one dialogue with some of the country’s most dynamic immigrant and refugee youth leaders, and to learn more about the L.A. neighborhoods from which they hail. Participants will discuss various leadership models, challenges presented by the current policy environment, and diverse approaches to civic engagement with young immigrants and refugees from across Los Angeles.

 

Speakers

  • Lian Cheun, Executive Director, Khmer Girls in Action
  • Jonathan Paik, Orange County Director, Korean Resource Center
  • Alex Sanchez, Executive Director, Homies Unidos
  • Diego Sepulveda, Interim Director,  Dream Resource Center, UCLA Labor Center

Moderator

  • Vy Nguyen, Director of Special Projects and Communications, Weingart Foundation

From Worker Rights to Workforce Development: Exploring the Continuum of Leadership and Engagement

 

This site visit to Building Skills Partnership will highlight cutting-edge efforts in workforce development, workers’ rights campaigns, and leadership development for workers vulnerable to exploitation. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the continuum of engagement to advance rights and justice as well as economic opportunity for low-wage immigrant workers and their families.

 

Speakers

  • Aida Cardenas, Executive Director, Building Skills Partnership
  • Chloe Osmer, Organizing Director, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor
  • Hugo Romero, Project Manager, UCLA Labor Center
  • Aquilina Soriano, Executive Director, Pilipino Workers Center

Moderator

  • Kent Wong, UCLA Labor Center
12:00 - 6:00 pm Registration
Yosemite Hall Foyer
2:30 - 3:00 pm

Conference Opening and Welcome
Yosemite Hall

 

Emcees

  • Efrain Escobedo, Vice President, Education and Immigration, California Community Foundation
  • James Gore, Program Officer, Social Justice & Equity, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
  • Daranee Petsod, President, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
  • Beatriz Solis, Program Director, Healthy Communities - South Region, The California Endowment
  • Ted Wang, Director, U.S. Program, Unbound Philanthropy
3:00 - 4:15 pm Plenary Panel

Moving the Needle on Immigration Policy in Uncertain Times
Yosemite Hall

 

The immigration and refugee policy environment has never been more contentious or in flux. At the federal level, efforts are underway to fundamentally reshape our laws and policies, effectively curbing immigration to the United States. At the same time, state and local policymakers and advocates are advancing critical protections for this population. What are effective levers of change in these unprecedented times? Should we be mounting mass protests, advancing litigation strategies, or building relationships with the administration? This dynamic plenary will delve more deeply into these questions as well as explore the role of civil society organizations and philanthropy given the high stakes for immigrants, refugees, and our society. 

 

Speakers

  • Marielena Hincapié, Executive Director, National Immigration Law Center
  • Captain Sasha Larkin, Bureau Commander, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
  • Alejandro Mayorkas, Partner, Wilmer Hale; former Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security

Moderator

  • Rebecca Carson, Immigration Team Manager, Open Society Foundations
4:15 - 4:40 pm Spark Teams Meet Up
Yosemite Hall
4:40 - 5:00 pm

Los Angeles Dining Scene Overview from KCET's Juan Devis
Yosemite Hall

 

Television producer Juan Devis, the chief creative officer for Los Angeles' KCET, whose programs include the Emmy-winning series The Migrant Kitchen, will discuss the L.A. chefs who have reinvigorated the city's dining scene by blending their home country culinary heritage with American traditions. 

5:00 - 6:00 pm Welcome Reception
TCE Courtyard
6:15 - 8:30 pm

Dine-arounds

 

Join your fellow conference-goers in sampling some of L.A.’s best local cuisine during GCIR-organized dine-arounds. 

  • Pre-registration is required and space is limited
  • Groups will depart from the conference center

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

8:00-8:55 am Breakfast Activities

Registration
Yosemite Hall Foyer

Unprogrammed Networking Breakfast
Yosemite Hall

 

Kick off the day networking with colleagues or catching up on email over breakfast.

Targeting our Leaders: Responding to Retaliation against Immigrant Activists
Catalina

 

In addition to a precipitous increase in ICE raids and deportations, politically motivated attacks against immigrant activists – and their allies –are on the rise. Join this special session, which will draw on RoadMap’s “Weathering the Storms” crisis preparedness program, to learn how to prevent, prepare for, and respond to these acts of retaliation and intimidation at the individual and organizational level. 

 

Speaker

  • Mary Ochs, Consultant, RoadMap
California Immigrant Integration Initiative (CIII) Breakfast
Joshua Tree

Focusing on the Intersection of Early Childhood and Immigration - Funder Breakfast Discussion
Sierra

 

Please join the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative and funders who are both working in and interested in learning more about the intersection of early childhood development, family support, and immigration.  Share your approaches, connect with other funders, and give us recommendations on how we can support funders in the year to come.

9:00 - 9:10 am

Morning Welcome and Context Setting
Yosemite Hall

 

Emcees 

  • Efrain Escobedo, Vice President, Education and Immigration, California Community Foundation
  • Beatriz Solis, Program Director, Healthy Communities - South Region, The California Endowment
9:10 - 10:30 am Plenary Panel

Improving Outcomes for Children of Color in Immigrant Families 
Yosemite Hall 

 

Grounded in data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2017 Race for Results KIDS COUNT Policy Report, this plenary will examine long-term equity challenges facing children of color in immigrant families. What fuels these inequities? How can a racial equity lens help illuminate and address structural barriers? And what must be done to increase safety-net access and improve health, education, and economic outcomes for low-income children of color in immigrant families?

 

Speakers

  • Angela Glover Blackwell, Chief Executive Officer, PolicyLink
  • Olivia Golden, Executive Director, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
  • Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO, Lumina Foundation
  • Laura Speer, Associate Director for Policy Reform and Advocacy, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Moderator

  • Dr. Robert K. Ross, M.D., President and CEO, The California Endowment
10:30 - 10:45 am

Transition Break

10:45 am - 12:15 pm    

Concurrent Workshops

Improving Outcomes for Children of Color in Immigrant Families​
Mojave  

 

Delve more deeply into the topics addressed at the plenary level during this companion workshop session. Participants will explore grantmaking strategies to achieve greater equity for children of color in immigrant families, as well as navigating short- and long-term philanthropic goals and priorities.

 

Speakers

  • Gwyn E. Barley, PhD, Vice President, Community Partnerships and Grants, The Colorado Trust
  • Efrain Escobedo, Vice President, Education and Immigration, California Community Foundation
  • James Gore, Program Officer, Social Justice & Equity, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
  • Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO, Lumina Foundation

Moderator

  • Susan Taylor Batten, President and CEO, Association of Black Foundation Executives

Workforce Matters When it Comes to Achieving Equity for Immigrant Families​
Catalina

 

This session will highlight efforts to improve economic opportunity for low-income immigrant and refugee families by building skills and increasing access to education. Emerging models and best practices will be shared with participants, who will compete in a friendly 'pub' quiz.    

 

Speakers

  • Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, Director of Upskilling Policy, National Skills Coalition
  • Erica Bouris, Technical Advisory, Economic Empowerment, International Rescue Committee
  • Franklin Peralta, Campaign Organizer, English for New Bostonians
  • Erick Serrato, Deputy Director, Pacific Gateway

Moderator

  • Megan Briggs Reilly, Program Officer, The Clowes Fund

Everyone Counts! Community-Driven Civic Engagement Strategies
Cabrillo

 

This session will explore cutting-edge approaches to immigrant and refugee civic engagement. From integrated voter engagement to civic leadership training to census outreach, presenters will highlight community-driven efforts aimed at achieving a more equitable distribution of resources and political power for all members of our society.

 

Speakers

  • Matt Brix, Managing Director, State Voices
  • Stephanie Cho, Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice- Atlanta
  • Angelica Salas, Executive Director, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)
  • Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, NALEO Educational Fund

Moderator

  • Alexis Anderson-Reed, Deputy Director, Program Director, Funders Committee for Civic Participation (FCCP)

Being Well: Advancing Health and Healing for Immigrants and Refugees
Joshua Tree

 

This session will explore innovative, emerging, and community-based approaches that advance health, well-being, and trauma-informed care for immigrants and refugees experiencing high levels of fear and anxiety. Presenters will share strategies that consider the “whole person” – and responses in the immediate and long term on the path to healing.

 

Speakers

  • Jose Ivan Arreola, Executive Director, Genesis Healing Institute
  • Dr. Raul Gutierrez, Pediatrician, USCF Benioff Children’s Hospital
  • Caitlin O‘Brien, Special Projects Manager, Scattergood Foundation
  • Negar Tayyar, Philanthropic Advisor, The Global Whole Being Fund
  • Carolyn Wang Kong, Blue Shield of California Foundation

Moderator

  • Beatriz Solis, Program Director, Healthy Communities South Region, The California Endowment
12:15 - 12:30 pm Transition Break
12:30 - 2:00 pm Lunch Activities

A Conversation with Bambadjan Bamba
Yosemite Hall

 

Actor and filmmaker Bambadjan Bamba recently revealed that he is DACA recipient. Over lunch, Bamba will reflect on his own migration story, including his arrival in the U.S. at age 10, and the issues facing immigrants and refugees today, particularly black immigrants. 

Get Lit Spoken Word Performance
Yosemite Hall

 

Award-winning poet Vanessa Tahay will present original, hard-hitting pieces reflecting on her experiences as a young immigrant woman in the United States, including the meaning of home, her cross-border journey to meet her parents in Los Angeles, and her dreams and hopes for the future.

2:00 - 3:15 pm Plenary Panel

Building Power—and Bridges—in Times of Crisis
Yosemite Hall 

 

Immigrant and refugee advocates and activists have had to respond swiftly to a barrage of adverse developments in recent months—from the Muslim ban and restrictions on refugee resettlement to the repeal of DACA and the erosion of worker protections. During this plenary, leading champions for change will reflect on diverse strategies for building power and alliances among diverse communities; reflect on the challenge of balancing immediate crisis response with long-term sustainability; and examine the role of philanthropy in this dynamic landscape.

 

Speakers

  • Zahra Billoo, Executive Director, Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR), San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
  • Rev. Ryan Eller, Executive Director, Define American
  • Cristina Jimenez, Executive Director, United We Dream (UWD)
  • Opal Tometi, Executive Director, Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)

Moderator

  • Eric Ward, Executive Director, Western States Center
3:15 - 3:30 pm

Transition Break

3:30 -  4:50 pm  

Concurrent Workshops

Building Power—and Bridges—in Times of Crisis
Mojave

 

The goal of this companion workshop is to delve more deeply into the topics addressed at the plenary level, including effective strategies for increasing individual protections, building community power, and improving organizational capacity. The role of funders in this space will be addressed. 

 

Speakers

  • Zahra Billoo, Executive Director, CAIR, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
  • Rev. Ryan Eller, Executive Director, Define American
  • Cristina Jimenez, Executive Director, UWD
  • Opal Tometi, Executive Director, Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)
  • Huong Nguyen, Senior Learning and Impact Officer, Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights
  • Eric Ward, Executive Director, Western States Center

Moderator

  • Wendy Feliz, Communications Director, American Immigration Council  

What are My Rights? Navigating the Legal Services Landscape and Scaling Key Strategies
Joshua Tree
 

Imagine you’re an immigrant who wants to pursue citizenship or will lose Temporary Protected Status soon or is fearful of being placed in deportation proceedings. How do you protect yourself and find those who can support you? What do legal services look like across communities depending on your needs? Funding legal services means putting yourself in the shoes of an immigrant client. This session will explore the often-complex yet crucial world of legal services – providing a roadmap for navigating this space, understanding tested approaches, and learning about emerging best practices and ways to scale these legal services efforts to make a lasting impact as a funder and philanthropic thought-partner.​ 

 

Speakers

  • Jeanne Atkinson, Executive Director, Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC)
  • Muzaffar Chishti, Director, Migration Policy Institute’s office at NYU School of Law
  • Angelica Salceda, ACLU Of Northern California, Northern California Rapid Immigration Response Network
  • Kate Vickery, Executive Director, Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative
  • Beth Werlin, Executive Director, American Immigration Council

Moderator

  • Betty Balli Torres, Executive Director, Texas Access to Justice Foundation

Getting Schooled: How Educators Can Promote a Safe and Inclusive Learning Environment for Immigrant and Refugee Students and Families
Cabrillo

 

Schools have the potential to address the immediate and long-term needs of immigrant and refugee students—and to create a safe environment for all learners. In light of the current policy environment, immigrant students and their families also require access to legal services, know your rights information, and emotional supports. And in the longer-term, unresolved achievement gaps will adversely impact future opportunities for this population. This session will hone in on the role of teachers, schools, district officials, and other stakeholders in meeting the needs of immigrant and refugee students. Models programs and emerging best practices from California will be highlighted, but the discussion will be relevant to diverse contexts.​ 

 

Speakers

  • Jorge Aguilar, Superintendent, Sacramento City Unified School District
  • Jessie Ryan, President, Board of Education, Area 7, Sacramento Unified School District; President of SCUSD Board of Education; Executive Vice-President of the Campaign for College Opportunity
  • Ryan Smith, Executive Director, The Education Trust—West

Moderator

  • Marisol Aviña, Program Manager, The California Endowment
  • Chhandasi Pandya Patel, Program Officer, Heising-Simons Foundation

  

How Receiving Communities Can Support Newcomers and Strengthen Our Social Fabric
Catalina

 

Some receiving communities are struggling with how to remain welcoming spaces in the context of an increasingly anti-immigrant climate, while others have redoubled efforts to be inclusive of all residents and bridge racial and ethnic differences. This session will explore effective strategies for promoting immigrant integration as well as some of the challenges and tensions that exist.

 

Speakers

  • Derrick Jackson, Director of Community Engagement, Washtenaw County
  • Martha Macris, President & CEO, Memorial Assistance Ministries
  • Dan Torres, California State Director of Immigrant Integration, Office of the Governor
  • Ze Min Xiao, Director, Mayor’s Office for New Americans, Salt Lake County, Utah

Moderator

  • Rev. Kaki Friskics-Warren, Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund 
4:50 - 5:05 pm Transition Break
5:05 - 6:00 pm

Performance by Stand-Up Comedian Hari Kondabolu
Yosemite Hall

 

Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based, Queens-raised comic ​who has appeared on some of the most well-known late shows on television, including the Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Hari also has a Masters Degree in Human Rights and was formerly an immigrants’ rights organizer in Seattle. ​​(Hors d'oeuvres served.)

6:00 pm

Dinner and Evening On Your Own

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

8:00-8:55 am

Breakfast Activities 

Unprogrammed Networking Breakfast
Yosemite Hall

 

Kick off the day networking with colleagues or catching up on email over breakfast.

Refugee and Asylum-Seeker Funder Breakfast
Joshua Tree

 

This gathering will provide time for discussion on current grantmaking strategies in support of refugees and asylum-seekers. A funders’ brief authored by GCIR will be released at the meeting.

 

Speakers

  • Negar Tayyar, Philanthropic Advisor, The Global Whole Being Fund
  • Wendy Patten, Senior Policy Advisor, Open Society Foundations
9:00 - 9:05 am

Opening Remarks
Yosemite Hall

 

Emcee

  • Efrain Escobedo, Vice President, Education and Immigration, California Community Foundation
9:05 - 10:15 am Plenary Panel

Advancing a New Narrative for Immigrants
Yosemite Hall

 

Every day, we are bombarded with messages about immigrants. Recently, these messages have taken on a sinister tone as anti-immigrant and anti-reform forces use fear to bolster their case for get-tough approaches to immigration. Why is the immigrant rights movement losing the messaging fight, and what will it take for funders and our movement partners to break through and change Americans’ hearts and minds once and for all? This provocative discussion will unpack these questions and explore entry points for funders in this complex and ever-shifting terrain.

 

Speakers

  • Molly de Aguiar, Executive Director, News Integrity Initiative
  • Bridgit Antoinette Evans, Executive Director, Pop Culture Collaborative
  • Tarso Luís Ramos, Executive Director, Political Research Associates 
  • Thalia Zepatos, Former Director of Research and Messaging, Freedom to Marry

Moderator

  • Cathy Cha, Vice President of Programs, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
10:15 - 10:35 am Spark Teams Meet Up
Yosemite Hall
10:35 - 10:45 am

Transition Break

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Concurrent Workshops

Advancing a New Narrative for Immigrants
Catalina

 

This companion workshop will provide space for reflection on the plenary discussion and an opportunity to hear about concrete philanthropic strategies to advance narrative change and positive messages about immigrants and refugees.  

 

Speakers

  • Molly de Aguiar, Executive Director, News Integrity Initiative
  • Bridgit Antoinette Evans, Executive Director, Pop Culture Collaborative
  • Tarso Luís Ramos, Executive Director, Political Research Associates
  • Thalia Zepatos, Former Director of Research and Messaging, Freedom to Marry

Philanthropic Perspectives

  • Alissa Black, Director, Investments, Omidyar Network
  • Adey Fisseha, US Senior Program Officer, Unbound Philanthropy
  • John Govea, Program Director, Immigrant Rights and Integration, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

Moderator

  • Ben Francisco Maulbeck, Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Rise Up! Lessons from the Field on Cross-Community Movement Building and Organizing
Mojave

 

This session will focus on cross-sector movement building strategies, including efforts to forge black-brown alliances among immigrants and native-born communities of color, and how these translate into legal defense models at the nexus of criminal justice and immigration systems. Presenters will explore how issues of mutual concern such as mass incarceration, over-policing, surveillance, and the struggle for racial justice can reinforce cross-community relationships and campaigns.

 

Speakers

  • Fahd Ahmed, Executive Director, Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM)
  • Cecilia Chavez, Organizer, Silicon Valley De-Bug
  • Jonathan Jayes-Green, Co-Founder, UndocuBlack
  • Raha Jorjani, Director, Immigration Representation Project, Alameda County Public Defender’s Office

Moderators

  • Rini Chakraborty, Senior Program Officer, Four Freedoms Fund
  • Chhandasi Pandya Patel, Program Officer, Heising-Simons Foundation

Making the Case for Immigrant-Related Grantmaking
Joshua Tree

 

Making an effective case for immigrant- and refugee-related grantmaking can sometimes be challenging, especially for those funding this area for this first time, funders trying to ramp up support, those using a particular lens in their support, and those working in more conservative foundations and communities. This interactive session will share lessons and best practices on winning over board members, addressing community concerns, and navigating complexities that may be encountered in this arena.

 

Speakers

  • Cynthia Addams, Chief Executive Officer, The Collins Foundation
  • Amanda Cloud, President & CEO, The Simmons Foundation
  • Carlos Martinez, Executive Director, Latino Community Foundation of Colorado
  • Cheri Wright-Jones, Regional Vice President, Allegany Franciscan Ministries

Moderator

  • Wendy Feliz, Communications Director, American Immigration Council

Expanding Economic Opportunity through Immigrant Asset Building: What Do Funders Need to Know? 
Cabrillo

 

Across the country, immigrants and refugees serve as a catalyst for community revitalization and an engine of economic growth. While newcomers possess an entrepreneurial spirit, they often have limited access to asset building products and services, and many first and second-generation Americans struggle to achieve long-term financial stability. During this session, the author of a forthcoming funders’ brief on immigrant asset building will share key findings from their research; several case studies will be discussed; and participants will explore the unique role that funders can play in advancing economic opportunity for immigrants and refugees.​

 

Speakers

  • Patricia Blakely, Executive Director, The Merchants Fund
  • Paulina Gonzalez, Executive Director, California Reinvestment Coalition
  • Chi-mei Lin, Chief Executive Officer, Chinese Community Center
  • Dr. Manuel Pastor, Director, University of Southern California (USC) Program for Environmental and Regional Equity; Director, USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration

Moderator

  • Jobi Cates, Midwest Program Officer, Asset Funders Network
12:15 - 12:30 pm

Transition Break

12:30 - 1:10 pm Lunch Activities

Performance by Singer-Songwriter Diana Gameros
Yosemite Hall

 

San Francisco Bay Area musician Diana Gameros, a former undocumented immigrant who music is infused with stories from her migration journey, her upbringing, and political themes, will play a selection of her songs. Her music has been featured on NPR, Public Radio International, and the PBS Newshour.

 

1:10 - 2:15 pm Plenary Panel

Holding up the Sky: A Conversation with Women Leaders who are Charting a Course for the Future
Yosemite Hall

 

In honor of National Women’s History Month, we will look to the future with a panel of visionary women leaders who are at the forefront of efforts to shape a more inclusive future for all. This not-to-be-missed discussion will leave you feeling energized and hopeful as you head home from GCIR’s 2018 National Convening!     

 

Plenary Speakers

  • Andrea Guerrero, Executive Director, Alliance San Diego
  • Carmen Perez, Executive Director, Gathering for Justice; National Co-chair, Women’s March on Washington
  • Ai-jen Poo, Executive Director, National Domestic Worker’s Alliance
  • Lateefah Simon, President, The Akonadi Foundation

​Moderator

  • Mayra Peters-Quintero, Senior Program Officer, The Ford Foundation
2:15 - 2:30 pm

Concluding Remarks
Yosemite Hall

 

Emcees

  • James Gore, Program Officer, Social Justice & Equity, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
  • Daranee Petsod, President, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
  • Beatriz Solis, Program Director, Healthy Communities - South Region, The California Endowment
2:30 pm

Convening Ends

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