Pathways to Equity

  • May 08, 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation, 1300 S. El Camino Real, Suite 100, San Mateo, CA 94402


Even before the 2016 election, many foundations were focusing on issues of equity. Now, in the "age of Trump," this focus is even more critical and timely. Yet, effectively addressing inequity requires both values-driven grantmaking practices and an understanding of complex and nested systems that create inequity - both of which are difficult for philanthropy to do well.

In this 1-day workshop, participants will explore different pathways that they can take to further equity in their work and institutions. Participants will engage with practical case studies with peers from Latino Community Foundation, The 11th Hour Project, and Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Participants will discuss the nuances of creating values-alignment in grantmaking; identify both transitional and transformational pathways for themselves and their institutions; and define clear action steps.

** Food is included in the cost of registration. **

About the Presenters:

Masha V. Chernyak
Vice President of Programs and Policy, Latino Community Foundation

Masha V. Chernyak is a strategic visionary, communityorganizer, and experienced advocate for the Latino immigrant community. In her current position as VP of Programs and Policy at the Latino Community Foundation, Masha manages the organization’s investment portfolio and helps lead the organization's change-making strategy. She was instrumental in launching the California Latino Agenda, a campaign to connect diverse Latino leaders to shape and amplify a unified agenda for change. Masha is a photographer, has a marketing background and a Masters in Public Affairs and Politics from the University of San Francisco. Masha is trilingual (Russian, Spanish, and English) and has a healthy sense of humor.

Navin Moul
Program Officer, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Navin leads the immigration grantmaking strategy. As a program officer, she designs, implements and manages SVCF's portfolio of immigration grants and special projects. This includes identifying strategic grantmaking opportunities, soliciting funding requests, analyzing proposals and preparing written and verbal summaries to recommend grants throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Navin has over a decade of experience in the fields of philanthropy, immigration, human and civil rights. Prior to joining SVCF she was senior program officer at American Jewish World Service managing grantmaking portfolios in four countries: Burma, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Navin has a bachelor's degree in American Cultural Studies as well as an English as a Second Language teaching certificate from Western Washington University and a master's degree in Comparative Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

Joe Sciortino
Executive Director, The 11th Hour Project

Mr. Sciortino is the Executive Director of The Schmidt Family Foundation and a key contact for all those working in concert with us. He oversees all facets of the foundation’s programs, including The 11th Hour Project, which he led as Project Director for four years. A former Director of the eCommerce division of Williams-Sonoma, Mr. Sciortino has spent many years as a volunteer for environmental groups in the Bay Area, including leadership of a team monitoring populations of harbor seals in the Gulf of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary. Mr. Sciortino is currently on the Board of The Regeneration Project and active in several organizations, including Environmental Grantmakers Association and the California Academy of Sciences. He has a M.S. in Environmental Management from The University of San Francisco and a B.S. in finance and marketing from New York University.

Sponsored by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.


Registration has been disabled, as this program is postponed.

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