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National Planning Committee

The 2018 National Planning Committee (NPC) comprises representatives from the GCIR board of directors, foundations and philanthropic partners in the broader Los Angeles area, and GCIR's membership at large. NPC members play an integral in shaping conference content and ensuring a balanced mix of programming for diverse participants.


NPC Co-chairs

Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter *
Vice President of Initiatives and Public Policy,
Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina

Beatriz Solis 
Director, Healthy Communities – South Region,
The California Endowment 

Host Region Funders and Philanthropic Partners

Efrain Escobedo *
Vice President, Education & Immigration,
California Community Foundation
Linda Lopez 
Chief, Office of Immigrant Affairs 
Los Angeles Mayor’s Office
Tuly Martinez 
Programs and Conferences 
Southern California Grantmakers
Vy Nguyen 
Director of Special Projects 
Weingart Foundation
Cathleen Otero 
Vice President, Donor Relations & Program,
Orange County Community Foundation
Carolyn Wang Kong 
Program Officer, Health
Care and Coverage, 
Blue Shield of California Foundation

Members at Large

Mayra Aguirre
Vice President,
Hall Family Foundation
Evan Bacalao *
Program Officer, Special
Initiatives and Partnerships, U.S. Programs,
Open Society Foundations
Megan Briggs Reilly 
New England Program Officer, 
The Clowes Fund, Inc
Tanya Herbick 
Senior Program Officer, 
Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation
Stephen A. Patrick 
Executive Director, 
Aspen Forum for Community Solutions at the Aspen Institute
Laura Speer 
Associate Director, Policy
Reform and Advocacy,
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Uma Viswanathan 
Program Officer,
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Cheri Wright-Jones 
Regional Vice President, Tampa Bay, 
Allegany Franciscan Ministries
* GCIR Board Member