Recent Clients



The James Irvine Foundation

The California Endowment

Liberty Hill Foundation



Urban Habitat

California Convergence

Public Sector

Metro Academy of College Success

San Francisco
Department of Public Health


Project Highlights

The James Irvine Foundation and The California Endowment. Through a partnership between the James Irvine Foundation and The California Endowment, I designed and led a multi-year learning community for California nonprofits who are working on building power in appointed public sector commissions at the local, regional, and state levels for low-income communities and communities of color. I continue to provide technical assistance to the member programs, which include the African American Board Leadership Institute, Building Healthy Communities Long Beach, the South Sacramento Building Healthy Communities Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute, the Center on Policy Initiatives, the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice, the Liberty Hill Foundation, Mid-City Community Advocacy Network, and Urban Habitat.

Making changes to improve immediate outcomes is single-loop learning; making changes to the system either to prevent the problem or to embed the solution in a changed system involves double-loop learning.
— Michael Quinn Patton

Center for Learning and Innovation, Population Health Division, San Francisco Department of Public Health. For the Center for Learning and Innovation, I supported the development and baseline evaluation of CLI's online learning communities for national partners working to identify, plan, implement, and share high-impact prevention activities for reducing HIV infections, decreasing HIV-associated morbidity and mortality, and eliminating health disparities. The final product includes technology-enabled engagement that goes beyond webinars and supports authentic, sustained professional learning through conferencing, a well-developed and carefully curated library of resources, purposeful discussion forums, and ongoing peer-to-peer networking.

Reflective learning provokes critical thinking, enabling us to pose relevant questions, revealing the profound oceans of ignorance that surround even the most learned scholars in our fields of modern knowledge, invoking us to be active participants in the crusade for equality, representation, and social justice.
— Martin Guevara Urbina

Emerge CaliforniaThe New American Leaders ProjectProgressive Majority, and Wellstone Action. In support of a dynamic project envisioned by this collaborative of organizations, I conducted a landscape analysis in order to make recommendations for the development of a comprehensive elected leadership pipeline in three California counties. I focused on how the collaborative could most effectively partner with organizations on the ground for identifying electoral opportunities and targeting, recruiting, training, and supporting progressive leaders, particularly those from low-income communities, communities of color, and immigrant communities.

Living democracy grows like a tree, from the bottom up.
— Vandana Shiva

Liberty Hill Foundation. Through the Liberty Hill Foundation, I provide technical assistance to four of The California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities sites and related communities in order to ensure that local residents have public planning decision-making power through local board and commission influence and service. In San Diego, I'm currently working with Mid-City CAN to develop and implement a commissions training program for grassroots leaders in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego. In Long Beach, I worked with Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) and the Long Beach Building Healthy Communities site to build and refine a commissions training program in support of the next generation of appointed, progressive decision makers from low-income communities and communities of color. In the Eastern Coachella Valley, I worked with the Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability to pilot a commissions training program to support recent college graduates and other community organizers to serve on and influence local and regional boards and commissions. 

Brothers, Sons, Selves. In support of this coalition of community organizations serving young men of color in Los Angeles County and through the Liberty Hill Foundation, I developed and implemented a pilot training for supporting youth-led advocacy to impact equitable decision making at the school site council and school district levels. 

Emerging Leaders Program. I also work with the Liberty Hill Foundation to develop and implement their Los Angeles Emerging Leaders training program, including their alumni program. This strategic and successful program builds the capacity of Los Angeles residents to serve on and influence appointed LA city and county boards and commissions. A main outcome of the program is a stronger, active connection between community groups and appointed commissions, allowing everyone to work more effectively together to achieve common progressive policy and social justice objectives. 

In Iroquois society, leaders are encouraged to remember seven generations in the past and consider seven generations in the future when making decisions that affect the people.
— Wilma Mankiller

California Convergence, a project of the Public Health Institute. Through the California Convergence, worked with their Far North Region to develop a regional boards and commissions strategy, training, and placement program that will support rural residents of Northern California in increasing equitable public decision making for low-income communities and communities of color. 

We must understand that the highest form of freedom comes with the greatest measure of discipline.
— Cesar Chavez

EARN. I supported EARN in building and implementing their pilot policy ambassador training program to mobilize EARN's Savers and Alumni to champion public policies and practices that build prosperity for the nation's low-income communities. Program participants met with state and local legislators about safe and affordable savings programs, fair student loan policies, and goal-based savings products.