Advancing Racial & Economic Inclusion in the Bay Area

Overview & Information

Friday, September 25

Bay Area Bold Summit will feature an opening plenary, multi-media talks, moderated conversations, and opportunities to mine and share data with national and regional thought leaders across sectors.

The Summit is a call for collective regional action to unlock opportunities for all people in the Bay Area, regardless of race, economic status, or which neighborhood they live in. Racial and economic inclusion are essential to ensure that our region thrives. Our diverse, growing population is a major strength that can only be fully realized when all communities have the resources and opportunities they need to participate, prosper, and reach their full potential.

This event is designed for practitioners, policymakers, social entrepreneurs, funders, directors and managers in government, the not-for-profit sector, and businesses that create or manage systems, processes, products and services designed to address social need.

Summit Venue / Theater

  • 8:30–9:30 AM

    Registration and Continental Breakfast

  • 9:30–10:30 AM

    Opening Plenary Bold Investments in the Future (featuring introduction by Youth Speaks)

  • 10:30–11:30 AM

    Conversation How Bay Area Game Changers are Working to Achieve Equity in the Region

  • 11:30 AM–12:00 PM

    Bold Talk Manuel Pastor - Racial and Economic Inclusion in the Bay Area

  • 2:45–3:00 PM

    Bold Talk Nadine Burke Harris - How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime

  • 3:00–4:00 PM

    Conversation Moving Forward: A Collective Bay Area Equity Agenda

Innovation Venue / Forum

  • 11:00 AM–12:30 PM

    Connection Lounge

  • 11:30 AM-12:30PM

    Lunch Connection Lounge and East Garden

  • 12:30–2:30 PM Workshop Design Thinking for Social Innovation

  • 2:30–3:00 PM

    Connection Lounge

  • 5:00–7:00 PM

    Innovation Award Demo Day Live Vote & Founders Pledge Announcement Full Circle Fund & KQED

  • 7:00–8:00 PM

    Innovation Award Celebration in East Garden Featuring live entertainment and refreshments

Voice Venue / Screening Room

  • 12:30–1:30 PM

    Porchlight Storytelling On Being a Boy/Man of Color in the Bay Area

  • 1:30–3:00 PM

    Film Screening Ghost Town to Havana

  • 4:00–5:00 PM

    Youth Speaks Session Slam session featuring Bay Area youth voices

Satellite Events Venue / CJM, SPUR, BOLD Lounge

  • 12:00–1:30 PM


    Addressing Trauma in Communities Presented by HOPE SF and SPUR

  • 11:30 AM–1:30 PM

    Bay Area Promise Society Annual Luncheon Invitation only

  • 4:30–5:30 PM

    Donor & Advisor Reception Invitation Only

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Opening Plenary

9:30 AM

Bold Investments in the Future: Cross-Sector Giving to Expand Opportunity

This session brings together funders, policymakers, and corporations to discuss opportunities for coordination in the distribution of funds throughout the region, with a specific focus on efforts to address racial justice and economic opportunity.

• Fred Blackwell, CEO, The San Francisco Foundation

Featured Speakers:
• Kat Taylor, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Beneficial State Bank
• Ed Reiskin, Director of Transportation, SFMTA and Chair, NACTO
• Justin Steele, Bay Area Giving Lead,
• Carmen Rojas, The Workers Lab


10:30 AM

How Bay Area Game-Changers are Working to Achieve Equity in the Region

The Bay Area is a region of bold leaders and solution seekers looking for a better way. For decades, movements and technological innovations born in the Bay Area have gone on to impact the nation and the world. From #BlackLivesMatter to the Fight for Fifteen, Bay Area ingenuity has risen to create opportunities for the underserved, regardless of race and place. This session amplifies emerging networks of bold leaders, game-changing initiatives, and pivotal campaigns that are tackling some of the timeliest regional issues that rose to the surface during VOICE: Bay Area.

• Taj James, Founder and Executive Director, Movement Strategy Center

Featured Speakers:
• Orson Aguilar, Executive Director, The Greenlining Institute
• Kimberly Bryant, Black Girls Code
• Christopher P. Chatmon, Executive Director African American Male Achievement Oakland Unified School District
• Deborah Cullinan, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Creative Ecosystem
• Saru Jayaraman, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and Director, Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley

Bold Talk

11:30 AM

Manuel Pastor - Racial and Economic Inclusion in the Bay Area: A New Growth Model

The Bay Area Equity Profile, produced by PolicyLink and USC’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE), adds to the growing body of research that finds that greater economic and racial inclusion fosters stronger economic growth. Manuel Pastor, Director of PERE, will give an overview of the Bay Area Equity Profile and explain why addressing geography, race, and class are integral to making the economy work for Bay Area families and children.

Featured Speaker:
• Manuel Pastor, Director, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) & Contributor to the Bay Area Equity Profile

Satellite Event

11:30 AM

Bay Area Promise Society Annual Luncheon

Private event by invitation.

Bay Area Promise Society Annual Legacy Luncheon
Artistic Hubs: Strengthening Bay Area Communities 
Featuring The San Francisco Foundation's Artistic Hubs Cohort.

Join us as we explore how members of TSFF's Artisitc Hubs Cohort serve as centers for creative expression, social cohesion, and youth leadership development in undeserved Bay Area communities. 

Satellite Event

12:00 PM

Addressing Trauma in Communities

Hosted by SPUR at 654 Mission Street

In this conversation, we will explore the notion of "trauma informed giving" as a way of promoting sustainable impact for communities. Representatives from philanthropy, government, and community organizations will discuss the science of trauma, how it plays out in communities, and the important role that funders play in reducing its adverse effect through sustainable funding. Community representatives will discuss what has been learned about trauma from the front lines and how supportive, sustained services can de-escalate chaos and stress. Funders will provide examples of giving strategies that build capacity of organizations and foster community resiliency.
Participants will understand the science behind trauma, its impact on the community, as well as examples of what it takes to build, support and fund trauma-informed programs and services.

Ellie Rossiter, Director of The Partnership for HOPE SF, The San Francisco Foundation

Featured Speakers:
• Nadine Burke-Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP, Founder and CEO of The Center for Youth Wellness
• Ken Epstein, Ph.D., LCSW, Director, Child, Youth and Family System of Care, Community Behavioral Health Services, Department of Public Health
• Emily Weinstein, Director, Potrero Community and Housing Development for BRIDGE Housing
• Elena Chavez Quezada, Senior Program Officer, The Tipping Point Community Workshop

12:30 PM

Design Thinking for Social Innovation

Workshop on Human-Centered Design:
This interactive and engaging session will start with an introduction to human-centered design followed by participation in an abbreviated design-challenge. Participants will go through a guided exercise around that challenge that takes them from empathy building around people at the center of the challenge (insight generation) to brainstorming solutions (ideation) to prototyping their ideas.

Porchlight Storytelling

12:30 PM

Porchlight will host an event centered around the life experiences of boys and men of color in the Bay Area. The program will feature documentary filmmakers, and the individuals whose stories they’ve captured, sharing their experiences in the Bay Area. Each story will end with the screening of a brief 1-3 minute film clip of the film, illustrating these stories.

About Porchlight
For the past eleven years, Porchlight has been San Francisco's premier storytelling series. Each month, co-founders Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte invite six people to tell ten-minute true stories without using notes or memorization. Past storytellers include some of the area's most entertaining school bus drivers, mushroom hunters, politicians, socialites, sex workers, musicians, authors, systems analysts, and social workers.

• Beth Lisick, Co-Founder, Porchlight
• Arline Klatte, Co-Founder, Porchlight

Featured Speakers:
• Eugene Corr, Filmmaker, Ghost Town to Havana
• Coach Roscoe Bryant, Ghost Town to Havana
• Tyrone Mullins, Citizen Film/Green Streets
• Rajiv Smith-Mahabir, Romeo is Bleeding
• Joshua Alexander, Independent Filmmaker

Film Screening

1:30 PM

Ghost Town to Havana

Two teams. Two countries. One game.

A life rampant, street level story of mentorship and everyday heroism in tough circumstances. An inner city coach's son, estranged in his youth from his father, spends five years on ball fields in inner city Oakland and Havana, following the lives of two extraordinary youth baseball coaches, Roscoe in Oakland and Nicolas in Havana. The coaches meet on videotape and two years of red tape later, Coach Roscoe and nine Oakland players travel to Havana to play Coach Nicolas' team. For one week, the players and coaches eat, dance, swim, argue and play baseball. Real friendships form. But when the parent of an Oakland player is murdered back home, it brings back the inescapable reality of life in an American inner city.

Bold Talk

2:45 PM

How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime

This talk explores how childhood exposures to adverse events affects brain development, as well as a person’s health as an adult. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris will set the stage for the need to invest in underserved communities and communities of color by highlighting a Bay Area model that is gaining global attention.

Featured Speaker:
• Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP, Founder and CEO, Center for Youth Wellness


3:00 PM

Moving Forward: A Collective Bay Area Equity Agenda

Following TSFF’s VOICE: Bay Area, this session brings together representatives from around the region to discuss what it means to take a regional approach to addressing equity in the Bay Area where place greatly determines how various issues manifest and which approaches prove effective.

• Judith Bell, Incoming Vice President of Programs, The San Francisco Foundation

Featured Speakers:
• Ratna Amin, SPUR’s Transportation Policy Director, Seamless Transit (Region-wide)
• Gloria Bruce, Executive Director, East Bay Housing Organizations (Alameda)
• Matt Haney, Director of Policy at Dream Corps/Green for All, #YesWeCode, Co-founder of #Cut50, Vice President SFUSD, Education Fellow at the Stanford (San Francisco)
• Johnathan Logan, Director of the Marin City Community Service District (Marin)
• Derecka Mehrens, Working Partnerships (San Mateo / Contra Costa)

Donor & Advisor Reception

4:30 PM

Private event by invitation.

Youth Speaks Session

4:00 PM

Youth Speaks is a non-profit organization committed to a critical, youth-centered pedagogy by placing young people in control of their intellectual and artistic development. Members of SPOKES, our youth advisory board (ages 16-19) will discuss ways that young artists use their lives as primary text to manifest their art as resistance and activism. Spoken word performances will illuminate prominent issues affecting youth and their communities. An interactive Q&A panel facilitated by youth cultural worker Tisgar Haroun will follow the presentation.

Innovation Award + Celebration

5:00 PM

Innovation Award

This year The San Francisco Foundation is honored to partner with KQED and Full Circle Fund to present the John R. May Innovation Award — a community choice award. Expanding opportunity is the defining challenge of our time. As a region, we are experiencing one of the largest disparities in wealth and income, and it’s going to take all of us to turn the tide. We have done it before — in the Bay Area, we have a history of innovating to win major victories of social and economic change. With this award, we continue in that spirit.


Finalists will present in a demo-day style format. Attendees will vote in real time and a live-stream of the program will be available for viewers at home to participate in the voting online.

Celebration in the East Garden to follow the Awards Presentation.

Speaker Bios

9:30 AM-10:30 AM, Theatre

Fred Blackwell

Chief Executive Director, The San Francisco Foundation

Fred 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.

Blackwell, an Oakland native, 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.

Blackwell 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.

3:00 PM-4:00 PM, Theatre

Judith Bell

Vice President of Programs, The San Francisco Foundation

Judith Bell was named the Vice President of Programs at the San Francisco Foundation in May, 2015. Previously, she was the President at PolicyLink, a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity.

At PolicyLink, Judith oversaw strategic planning, policy development and policy campaign strategy at the local, state, and national levels, including efforts focused on improving health and infrastructure.

Judith is a regular writer for different news outlets and academic publications. She has authored several studies including, Why Place and Race Matter: Impacting Health through a Focus on Race and Place. She is also a frequent speaker, trainer, and consultant on advocacy strategy.

Previously, Judith directed the West Coast Regional Office of Consumers Union, where she engaged in efforts to improve the quality of life for all consumers, particularly in access to health care.

She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a master’s of public administration from Harvard University where she was a Lucius Littauer fellow.

9:30 AM-10:30 AM, Theatre

Orson Aguilar

Executive Director, The Greenlining Institute

Orson Aguilar is the Executive Director of the Greenlining Institute, one of the nation’s largest and most successful multi-ethnic, advocacy and leadership development nonprofits.  Greenlining envisions a nation where race is never a barrier to economic opportunity and communities of color thrive.  Because people of color will be the majority of our nation’s population by 2040, Greenlining believes that America will prosper only if communities of color prosper.
Under Orson’s leadership, Greenlining has become a leading voice in the movement to fight redlining by advocating for greenlining policies, particularly in the areas of the economy, the environment, health, energy, voting, and telecommunications.

3:00 PM-4:00 PM, Theatre

Ratna Amin

Transportation Policy Director, SPUR

Ratna Amin leads SPUR’s work to create a high-quality transportation system in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and the Bay Area region. Her areas of focus include public transit, land use and transportation integration and stakeholder processes. In 2014, she published SPUR’s first transportation policy report about the South Bay, Freedom to Move. More recently, she published Seamless Transit, a look at addressing the Bay Area’s transit fragmentation problem.
Ratna’s previous roles include chief of staff to the Oakland City Council president, senior associate at Environmental Science Associates and analyst at Cambridge Systematics. Ratna has master’s degrees in city and regional planning and transportation engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

12:00 PM-1:30 PM, Bay Are Promise Society Annual Luncheon, CJM

Anyka Barber

Fellow, Arts & Culture Program, The San Francisco Foundation

Born and raised in Oakland, California Anyka Barber is a mother, an artist/activist , curator and entrepreneur. She has over 10 years of experience working professionally in Bay Area arts organizations, designing and producing visual arts, performing arts and community arts programs, exhibitions and curatorial projects. Anyka has spent the past 5 years developing community arts projects and programs that activate vacant, blighted and non-traditional properties as sites for artistic intervention, commerce and community building. Betti Ono (founded in 2010), is one such project that has emerged from a pop-up engagement into a long-term, active space for arts, culture and community that includes an art gallery, retail design shop, and multidisciplinary venue. Betti Ono presents visual and performing arts, and public programs that feature the work of emerging and established artists of our time. Betti Ono was voted ‘Best Gallery’ by East Bay Express in 2014 and is an anchor in the Oakland arts community and greater Bay Area region.

Behind the scenes Anyka is committed to strengthening the Bay Area arts community as an arts advocate and advisor, including her current role as co-chair of the City of Oakland Funding Advisory Committee (FAC), two years as a Mayor appointed Arts Commissioner for the City of Richmond, an Oakland Museum of California advisory board member, and a sought after arts selection panelist for juried city and county-wide artist commissioning programs.

Most recently, Anyka initiated the formation and design of a new arts advocacy group, the Oakland Creative Neighborhoods Coalition, whose mission is to “#KeepOaklandCreative, affordable and vibrant!” Anyka was also a lead organizer of artist/activists/entrepreneurs who formed the Oakland Artivist PAC that includes Favianna Rodriguez (Internationally recognized Oakland artist), Jeff Perlstein (Sole Space), and Ashara Ekundayo (Impact Hub Oakland) among others.

3:00 PM-4:00 PM, Theatre

Gloria Bruce

Executive Director, East Bay Housing Organizations

Gloria is Executive Director of East Bay Housing Organizations, the leading advocacy coalition promoting affordable housing in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.  Prior to joining EBHO as Deputy Director in 2010, Gloria was a Multicultural Fellow at The San Francisco Foundation, working to support affordable housing, safety net services, and neighborhood revitalization.  Gloria has 15 years of experience in social justice and community development in her native Washington, D.C. area, Boston, and the Bay Area.  She has a master’s in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. from Harvard University.  She chairs the Alameda County Housing and Community Development Advisory Committee and serves on the EveryOne Home Leadership Board. She lives in Oakland.

12:30 PM-1:30 PM, Screening Room

Coach Roscoe Bryant

Subject of the documentary Ghost Town to Havana, Porchlight Storyteller

Coach Roscoe Bryant has mentored youth in inner city Oakland for over 20 years. He has been a volunteer youth baseball coach, often working 20 or more hours a week on an entirely volunteer basis. With his then-wife, Lehi Bryant, Coach Roscoe (as he is known in the community) co-founded the Oakland Royals Baseball team in 2005 for kids in his rough Oakland neighborhood, known as “Ghost Town.” Today there are five Oakland Royals Teams for youth ages 7-15. Coach Bryant’s current passion is taking the Royals positive message of teamwork, peace, and achievement to inner city communities across the State of California. Mr. Bryant is the proud father of 3 children, Ralannah Cheyenne Bryant (Cosmetology/makeup artist), Roscoe Bryant III (San Jose State University, Junior), and Reuel Bryant (UC Irvine, Sophomore).

10:30 AM-11:30 AM, Theatre

Kimberly Bryant

Founder, Black Girls Code

Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and Executive Director of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to “changing the face of technology” by introducing underrepresented girls to the field of technology and computer science.
Before founding Black Girls CODE, Kimberly enjoyed a successful 25+ year professional
 career in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries as an 
Engineering Manager in a series of technical leadership roles
 several Fortune 100 companies such as Genentech, Merck,
 and Pfizer. Since 2011 Black Girls CODE
 has grown from a local grassroots organization serving only the Bay Area, to an 
international non-profit with chapters across the
 U.S. and in Johannesburg, South Africa. Black Girls CODE has currently reached over 3000 students and continues to grow and thrive.
Kimberly serves on the boards of many national organizations such as the National Champions Board for the National Girls Collaborative Project and the National Board of the NCWIT K-12 Alliance. Kimberly has received numerous awards and recognition for her work as a social innovator focused on increasing opportunities for women and girls in the technology industry. Kimberly was given the prestigious Jefferson Award for Community Service and honored by Business Insider on its list of “The 25 Most Influential African- Americans in Technology” and named to The Root 100 and the Ebony Power 100 lists. In 2013 Kimberly was recognized as a White House Champion of Change for her work in tech inclusion and for her focus on bridging the digital divide for girls of color.  In 2014 Kimberly received a Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Social Progress and was given the inaugural Women Who Rule Award in Technology via Politico.  She has been identified as a thought leader in the area of tech inclusion, women and leadership, and education and continues to speak on these topics at events such as the Personal Democracy Forum, TedX Kansas City, Platform Summit, Big Ideas Festival, SXSW, and many others.

2:45 PM-3:00 PM, Theatre/ 12:00 PM-1:30PM, HOPE SF Funder's Briefing, SPUR

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

Founder and CEO, Center for Youth and Wellness

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is founder and CEO of Center for Youth Wellness (CYW). She has earned international attention for her innovative approach to addressing adverse childhood experiences as a risk factor for adult disease such as heart disease and cancer.
Dr. Burke Harris currently serves as an expert advisor on the Too Small to Fail initiative championed by Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation in association with Next Generation. Dr. Burke Harris also serves as an advisor on Governor Jerry Brown’s “Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force,” and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as a committee member for the AAP’s Medical Home for Children Exposed to Violence Committee. Her work has been profiled in Paul Tough’s best-selling book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character hailed by NY Times columnist, David Brooks, as “essential.” Dr. Burke Harris’ work has also earned her the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award presented by the AAP.
The goal of the Center for Youth Wellness is to create a clinical model that recognizes and effectively treats toxic stress in children and to change the standard of pediatric practice in our nation.

10:30 AM-11:30 AM, Theatre

Christopher P. Chatmon

Executive Director, Office of American Male Achievement, Oakland Unified School District

Christopher P. Chatmon serves as the Executive Director of African American Male Achievement for the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and was named as a “Leader to Learn From” by Education Week magazine. Chatmon is committed to improving life outcomes for all youth and especially African American males. He is passionate about uplifting the African American community and has dedicated his career and life work to  creating pathways of success within Oakland and beyond. His inspirational leadership motivates educators and community members to engage, encourage, and empower youth.

12:00 PM-1:30 PM, HOPE SF Funder's Briefing, SPUR

Elena Chavez Quezada

Senior Program Officer, Tipping Point Community

At Tipping Point Community, Elena serves as a program officer to 12 poverty-fighting Bay Area nonprofits, leveraging financial and technical assistance resources to increase organizational effectiveness and client impact. Elena also managed and grew Tipping Point’s Mental Health Initiative to support grantees in providing trauma-informed services to their clients. Prior to Tipping Point, Elena managed the California expansion of Single Stop USA, a national nonprofit that helps low-income families access existing benefits and services intended for them, and she worked on policy and advocacy issues in the areas of economic security and asset-building at the Aspen Institute. Elena received a bachelor’s degree in Romance Languages and Literature and a masters in public policy from Harvard University.

12:30 PM-1:30 PM, Screening Room

Eugene Corr

Director, Producer, Ghost Town to Havana

Eugene Corr is an Academy Award nominated filmmaker and screenwriter whose credits include Waldo Salt:   A Screenwriter’s Journey (Feature Documentary Academy Award nominee, 1991) and Desert Bloom, a motion picture starring Jon Voight  (Columbia Pictures, 1986, Selection Officiellé Cannes Film Festival).  In the 80s and 90s, Corr directed episodic television, including Crime Story, Miami Vice, and Arli$$.  In his teens and twenties, Corr was a factory worker.   He started his career in film in 1973 as a member of Cine Manifest, a radical San Francisco film group.   His documentary, Ghost Town to Havana (2015), follows the lives of two youth baseball coaches, one in Oakland and the other in Havana, and will premiere at the Hollywood Film Festival in September.   Corr’s father was a legendary baseball coach in Richmond, California for 40 years.

10:30 AM-11:30 AM, Theatre

Deborah Cullinan

Chief Executive Director, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Deborah Cullinan joined Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as CEO in September 2013. With her stewardship, YBCA has sharpened its mission and vision; regrounding the organization in its origins as a citizen institution and San Francisco’s premiere art center built by the community, for the community. Fostering a “culture of invitation”; Cullinan brings together creative citizens of all kinds to spur social change. Prior to joining YBCA, Deborah served as the Executive Director of San Francisco’s Intersection for the Arts for 17 years. She is a co-founder of ArtsForum SF, and a member of the Board of California Arts Advocates, Californians for the Arts, MissionHub, and the Community Arts Stabilization Trust.

12:30 PM-2:30 PM, Forum

Nancy Down

Chief of Staff,

In her role as chief of staff, Nancy works diligently to provide high level support and guidance to the Executive Director. She prides herself on being thoughtful, efficient and organized which aids her in her role of driving internal and external initiatives on behalf of the ED. Nancy is with as a fellow through the New Sector Alliance RISE program. Prior to joining, Nancy worked in finance and operations at a software company. She studied for a semester in Barcelona and holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and international business from Santa Clara University.

12:00 PM-1:30 PM, HOPE SF Funder's Briefing, SPUR

Ken Epstein

Director, Child, Youth and Family System of Care, Community Behavioral Health Services , Department of Public Health

Ken Epstein is currently the Children’s System of Care Director for San Francisco County Community Behavioral Health Services.Prior to his appointment to this position he has worked within family and youth service programs since 1981 as a line worker, clinician, program director, professor and chief executive officer. His professional interests have focused on providing clinical services and developing comprehensive family based services for children, youth and families experiencing alienation, conflict and loss. He has developed and directed comprehensive and integrated community based service systems including crisis services, hospital diversion, wrap-around, kinship, school-based and intensive outpatient services in Massachusetts, Vermont and California.Ken Epstein is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Ph.D. in clinical social work from Smith College, an MSW from UC Berkeley and a BA in community mental health from Hampshire College.Ken Epstein is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF, since 1991 where he has developed and directed an Intensive Family Therapy Training Program. In addition, he has served as adjunct faculty at UCSF, School of Nursing, University of California Berkeley, School of Social Welfare and Smith College.

3:00 PM-4:00 PM, Theatre

Matt Haney

Vice President, San Francisco Board of Education

Matt is an elected School Board Member and Vice-President of the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education.  He is one of the only school board members under the age of 35 on an urban school board in California. In his role as a School Board Member, Matt has been a national leader in working to end the “school to prison pipeline,” including authoring a landmark policy to transform San Francisco’s school discipline system and address racial disproportionality, and recently co-authored a policy to expand computer science and coding education to all students and all schools in SF schools.  Matt is also Director of Policy at Dream Corps, where he leads policy advocacy for #cut50, an initiative to cut the prison population in half in ten years, and #YesWeCode, an initiative to create a pipeline for 100,000 low opportunity youth to become the best coders, computer engineers and designers in the world. Matt is the former Executive Director of the UC Student Association, a graduate of UC Berkeley, Stanford Law, and Stanford School of Education.

12:00 PM- 1:30 PM, Bay Area Promise Society Annual Luncheon, CJM

Linda Harrison

Executive Director, Museum of the African Diaspora

Linda Harrison was appointed as the Executive Director of MoAD in November 2013. She has over 20 years of leadership experience in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Ms. Harrison’s professional experience in corporate management with Eastman Kodak and high value real estate with Sotheby’s International provided her with an outstanding background in executive leadership for MoAD; she is especially skilled in sales, marketing/outreach, and strategic planning.
Prior to joining MoAD, Linda founded two San Francisco businesses, worked as a Vice President for Eastman Kodak, a Fortune 100 company, and served on multiple Bay Area nonprofit Boards of Directors. Among her board roles, she served as President of Frameline, presenters of the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, one of the country’s largest film festivals.
Linda also served on the Board of EARN, a San Francisco nonprofit that helps low-income American families achieve financial stability. She is President of the Emeritus Board of Frameline and serves on the Advisory Board of Horizons Foundation, a San Francisco nonprofit that actively secures the LGBT community’s future by promoting planned giving and building the LGBT Community Endowment Fund.
Linda enjoys living in San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood with her wife, Ellen. They love attending film festivals and traveling on ships with funny names to far away places.

10:30 AM-11:30 AM, Theatre

Taj James

Founder and Executive Director, Movement Strategy Center

Taj James is the founder, Executive Director, of Movement Strategy Center. Taj launched MSC in 2001, with the question of “How do we weave together the strands of the progressive community into a progressive movement capable of winning lasting policy and social change. In his decade of leadership with MSC, has played a key role in building new funding philanthropic initiatives and movement networks and collaboratives that increase investment in grassroots organizing and alliance building including the Climate Justice Alliance, Move to End Violence Initiative, California Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, and Building Healthy Communities.

10:30 AM-11:30AM, Theatre

Saru Javaraman

Co-Founder and Co-Director, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United

Saru Jayaraman is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United) and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley. After 9/11, together with displaced World Trade Center workers, she co-founded ROC, which now has 18,000 worker members, 150 employer partners, and several thousand consumer members in 32 cities nationwide. The story of Saru, her co-founder, and ROC is chronicled in the book The Accidental American.
Saru is a graduate of Yale Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She was profiled in the New York Times “Public Lives” section (2005), named New York Magazine’s “Influentials” of New York City (2006), and one of Crain’s “40 Under 40” (2008). In 2014, Saru made CNN’s “Top10 Visionary Women,” received the Paul Wellstone Citizen Leadership Award, and recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House.
She authored Behind the Kitchen Door, Cornell University Press, 2013, a national bestseller, and has appeared on CNN with Soledad O’Brien, Bill Moyers Journal and Tavis Smlley on PBS, Melissa Harris Perry and UP with Chris Hayes on MSNBC, Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, the Today Show, and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.

12:30 PM- 1:30 PM, Screening Room

Beth Lisick & Arline Klatte

Porchlight Producers, Porchlight Sotrytelling Series

Arline and Beth founded Porchlight in 2002 with the goal of getting people of the Bay Area onstage to tell their stories. They have produced nearly 200 shows with a wide variety of folks, including school bus drivers, mushroom hunters, politicians, socialites, sex workers, musicians, authors, systems analysts, and social workers. Porchlight has also produced shows in collaboration with Litquake, Sketchfest, SF International Film Fest, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Shakespeare & Co. in Paris and the Storymoja Hay Festival in Nairobi.

3:00 PM-4:00 PM, Theatre

Johnathan Logan

General Manager, Marin City Community Services District

Johnathan Logan Jr., General Manager, rejoined the District in the fall of 2009 after completing the National Urban Fellows Program. The Urban Fellows was a fellowship program that combines graduate-level academic coursework with practical public administration training. His return marked the start of his fifth year of service with the District. Logan continues to lead District staff in carrying out the policies of the board. He has been involved in several community initiatives centered in matters including youth development, community development planning, community policy, and economic development. He has played an integral role in development of the Marin City Health and Wellness Center, Rocky Graham Park Development, the Recreation Center Renovation planning, the Ballpark rebuild planning, and many other projects in Marin City. Logan attended Oral Roberts University where he attained a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management and hold a Masters in Public Administration degree from Baruch College in New York, NY. His life’s goal is to improve the lives of others through his public service.

3:00 PM-4:00 PM, Theatre

Derecka Mehrens

Executive Director, Working Partnerships USA

Derecka Mehrens is Executive Director of Working Partnerships USA. She brings fifteen years of community organizing, civic engagement, and public policy experience working in communities of color and with low and moderate-income families. Under her leadership the organization has launched initiatives to improve the lives of contract workers in the tech sector, build an organized base of 50,000 new and occasional voters of color, and worked to increase investment and equity in regional housing, transportation, and land-use strategies. She is the daughter of a union construction worker and a union community college teacher and is married with two young children.

11:30 AM-12:00 PM, Theatre

Manuel Pastor

Professor, USC Program for Environment and Regional Equity

Manuel Pastor is a Professor of Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California where he also serves as Director of USC’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and co-Director of USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII).  Founding director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Pastor holds an economics Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has received fellowships from the Danforth, Guggenheim, and Kellogg foundations and grants from many distinguished foundations such as the Irvine Foundation.

9:30 AM-10:30AM, Theatre

Ed Reiskin

Director of Transportation, SFMTA and Chair, NACTO

Edward D. Reiskin serves as the Director of Transportation for the City and County of San Francisco. As head of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) since 2011, he oversees the Municipal Railway (Muni), transportation planning and engineering, parking and traffic management, bicycle and pedestrian safety, accessibility, and taxi regulation. Mr. Reiskin sits on numerous citywide bodies, such as the Capital Planning Committee, the Disaster Council, and the Committee on Information Technology.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, and is President of the National Association of City Transportation Officials, NACTO.  He lives in the Sunset with his wife and three children.

12:00 PM-1:30 PM, Bay Area Promise Society Annual Luncheon, CJM

Eugene Rodriguez

Los Cenzontles Cultural Arts Academy

Eugene Rodriguez, a US Artist Oliver Fellow, received a Master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He formed youth group Los Cenzontles in 1989 through a California Arts Council artist residency and incorporated the Mexican Arts Center Arts Center in 1994. In 1995 he was nominated for a Grammy Award for his production of Papa’s Dream with Los Lobos and Lalo Guerrero. He has produced 3 documentaries and twenty-three CDs about identity and heritage that include musicians Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, David Hidalgo,Taj Mahal andThe Chieftains among many others. Eugene has played a pioneering role in the recent Mexican folk music revival.

9:30 AM-10:30 AM, Theatre

Carmen Rojas

CEO, The Workers Lab

Carmen Rojas is the CEO of The Workers Lab, an innovation lab that invests in entrepreneurs, community organizers, and technologists to create replicable and revenue generating solutions that improve conditions for low-wage workers. The Workers Lab invests capital, offers an accelerator program focused on business and leadership development, and connects ventures to a broad network of supporters to support their continued development and success.
Carmen holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and was a Fulbright Scholar in 2007. She taught in the Department of City & Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley from 2009-2011. Her teaching focused on the history of cities in the US, a practicum on local economic development, planning pedagogy, and race in the practice of city planning.

12:00 PM- 1:30 PM, Bay Area Promise Society Annual Luncheon, CJM

Tere Romo

Program Officer, Arts & Culture, The San Francisco Foundation

Tere Romo is the program officer for arts and culture. A curator and scholar, she previously served as the arts project coordinator at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. She was the arts director at the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago and resident curator at The Mexican Museum in San Francisco, where she organized exhibitions and public programs. As the program manager for the Organizational Support Program at the California Arts Council, she oversaw their statewide grants program as well as developed a Traditional Arts and Multi-Cultural Arts Programs. She has served as a reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts, Alpert Awards, Denver Airport, and Sacramento Public Art Programs.

12:00 PM-1:30 PM, HOPE SF Funder's Briefing, SPUR

Ellie Rossiter

Director of the Partnership for HOPESF, The San Francisco Foundation

Ellie Rossiter brings over 20 years of entrepreneurial, for-profit business management, as well as non-profit social justice organizational management to her current position as initiative officer at The San Francisco Foundation and director of the campaign for HOPE SF, an initiative which creates opportunities for residents who live in San Francisco’s most distressed public housing. Prior to this position, Ellie was the executive director of Parents for Public Schools, a non-profit community based organization that engages parents from all backgrounds and neighborhoods across San Francisco in advocating for quality public education.  Ellie is passionate about strategic, collaborative processes, supporting youth and their families, developing community leaders, and building strong, diverse communities.  She has a degree in finance from the University of Oregon.  Her two children, who are 5th generation San Franciscans, attend public schools in San Francisco.

12:30 PM-1:30 PM

Rajiv Smith-Mahabir

Cinematographer/ Editor, Romeo is Bleeding

Rajiv Smith-Mahabir (or Jeeves as he’s commonly known), is a cinematographer/editor who has worked in the narrative, documentary, and commercial worlds after graduating from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in 2007. Coming from an editing background, he is extremely familiar with the necessary framework of storytelling, and knows exactly where to place the camera in order to capture the action in the best way possible. Originally from the Bay Area, Jeeves was thrilled to return to his home town to work on “Romeo is Bleeding.” He most recently moved to Bogotá, Colombia and is continuing to shoot and edit there.

9:30 AM-10:30 AM, Theatre

Justin Steele

Bay Area Giving Lead,

Justin Steele is a non-profit strategist, youth development leader, and freelance photographer. When he’s not working hard to untangle the knots that bind young people from urban communities on the wrong side of the opportunity divide, he enjoys narrative portraiture, creating images that tell stories about their subjects and produce a strong emotional connection. He lives and works in Washington D.C. with his wife Sally and their three daughters.

9:30 AM-10:30 AM, Theatre

Kat Taylor

Co-Founder, Co-CEO, Beneficial State Bank

Kat Taylor works in service of restoring social justice and environmental well-being. Kat is active in a variety of social enterprises, public benefit and philanthropic ventures on the West Coast. Currently, she serves as Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Beneficial State Bank, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) whose mission is to bring beneficial banking to low-income communities in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner. Beneficial State Bank is the result of a merger between OneCalifornia Bank, which Kat and her husband, Tom Steyer, founded in Oakland, CA, and ShoreBank Pacific, with offices in California, Oregon and Washington. The bank’s revolutionary ownership mandates that any distributed profit be invested in the low-income communities it serves and environment upon which we all depend.
Kat is also a Founding Director of TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation (TKREF), dedicated to inspiring a sustainable food system through ranching, training, tours, research, and school food and garden programs. TKREF owns the social enterprise LeftCoast GrassFed, raising humanely cattle and other livestock for the benefit of people and the planet. Kat serves and has served on many non-profit boards including the Harvard Board of Overseers, Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, ProPublica, CuriOdyssey,Insight Prison Project, KQED and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She graduated from Harvard College and earned a JD/MBA from Stanford University. Tom Steyer, Kat’s climate/energy activist husband, and she have four grown children, each pursuing their one wild and precious life.

12:30 PM-2:30 PM, Forum

Matt Taylor

Strategy and Operations Lead,

Matt leads strategy and operations at, the nonprofit design firm that focuses on applying human-centered design to poverty-related challenges. Matt’s curiosity about leadership and innovation in the social sector have led him to partner with and work for a variety of organizations. Before, Matt worked with New Profit, where he helped social entrepreneur-led organizations overcome barriers to scaling impact, and was part of New Sector’s Residency in Social Enterprise Program. While pursuing his BBA at the University of Michigan, Matt also explored various aspects of nonprofit management through work with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Focus: HOPE, Nonprofit Finance Fund, GlobalGiving, and United Way Worldwide.

12:30 PM-2:30 PM, Forum

Shalu Umapathy

Senior Partnership Lead,

Shalu Umapathy is a Senior Partnerships Lead at where she is focused on identifying the most important design challenges for to solve and the right partners with whom to solve these challenges. Before, Shalu’s experience has spanned the international development and business strategy sectors – From her time at Abt Associates, a USAID contractor, where she worked across 10+ countries in Africa on global health to strategy consulting at Bain & Company, where she supported Fortune 500 businesses as they solved their most critical challenges. She was a Clinton Fellow in India and has an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

12:00 PM-1:30 PM, Bay Area Promise Society Annual Luncheon, CJM

Villy Wang

Founder, President & CEO, Bayview Hunters Point Center for the Arts (BAYCAT)

Villy had a crazy dream: to create a new kind of social enterprise that helps kids who, like her, grew up in the projects. Raised by an immigrant single mother in New York City, Villy’s desire to tell her story forged a passion for using the digital media arts to capture stories untold and to create positive social change. That’s why she founded BAYCAT, leveraging her impressive 25+ year background in education, arts, business and law. Villy received her double B.A. in Engineering and Economics from Brown University, J.D. from Northwestern University, and her teaching credential from SF State University. Villy is currently Vice President of the SF Film Commission.

12:00 PM-1:30 PM, HOPE SF Funder's Briefing, SPUR

Emily Weinstein

Director, Rebuild Potrero, BRIDGE Housing

Ms. Weinstein is the Director of Rebuild Potrero, a $600 million public-private partnership with the SF Mayor’s Office of Housing that will transform the physical and social environment of a distressed 606-unit public housing site into a vibrant, mixed-use, mixed-income community. She has over 15 years of experience working in affordable housing and community development. With a dual degree in City Planning and Real Estate Development from MIT, she has managed large-scale real estate projects and strategic community development initiatives in underserved communities in San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles. Ms. Weinstein also serves as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Oakland.

Summit MCs

5:00 PM-8:00 PM, Innovation Awards, Forum

Colleen Wilson

Interactive Executive Director, KQED

As KQED Interactive Executive Director, Colleen Wilson oversees one of the nation’s most trafficked public media station sites which includes a multiplatform regional news service (, daily blogs on the local arts and food scenes, direct-to-online video and audio podcasts, mobile apps, social media, geo-locative experiences, and whatever comes next.