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Intersecting Equity, Health, Housing, and Workforce with Aging: New Philanthropic Opportunities

Thursday, July 15, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Thursday, July 15, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Philanthropy California

This past year, California encountered its most challenging period in recent history. The pandemic exposed systemic barriers that have long been neglected across health, housing, and the workforce while also illustrating the impact that structural inequities and racism have had on Black, Indigenous, and Latinx older adults who died of COVID-19 at much higher rates.

Meanwhile, California faces a profound demographic shift, with the older adult population expected to increase by at least 40 percent by 2030. This demographic shift will touch families and communities alike, with a ripple effect on health, housing, the workforce, and the economy. In response, Governor Newsom released the first Master Plan for Aging (Master Plan), providing a roadmap for system-wide change to prepare California for this momentous demographic imperative.

The importance of philanthropy in developing public-private partnerships to address today’s looming cross-sector challenges has never been greater. This webinar, hosted by the Governor’s Office, the California Department of Aging, and Philanthropy California, will focus on today’s pressing policy issues—all with an aging lens. Hear from philanthropic leaders whose efforts to address society’s most complex issues bring myriad opportunities to impact the state’s aging trajectory. Aging is a natural process and, with time, each of us will need the utmost care and support to navigate the journey. Learn what your organization can do to work across sectors to offer everyone –young and old alike –the opportunity to age with dignity and independence.

Target Audience

This program is open to members of Catalyst, Northern California Grantmakers, and Southern California Grantmakers.

If you require any accommodations to fully participate in this program, please contact [email protected].


Richard Figueroa, Deputy Cabinet Secretary, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

Richard Figueroa is a Deputy Cabinet Secretary in the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom where he works on health, human services, and veterans affairs issues. Richard was previously Director of Prevention for The California Endowment. He has served in several previous administrations, including Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Deputy Legislative Secretary for Governor Gray Davis. Richard was also Legislative Director for Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi and served as a Legislative Consultant for the California State Senate Insurance and Budget and Fiscal Review Committees.

Sandra Hernandez, President and CEO, California Health Care Foundation

Sandra R. Hernández, MD, is president and CEO of the California Health Care Foundation. Prior to joining CHCF, Sandra was CEO of The San Francisco Foundation, which she led for 16 years. She previously served as director of public health for the City and County of San Francisco. She also cochaired San Francisco’s Universal Healthcare Council, which designed Healthy San Francisco. It was the first time a local government in the US attempted to provide health care for all of its constituents.

In December 2019, she was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to the Healthy California for All Commission, which is charged with developing a plan to help California achieve a health care delivery system that provides coverage and access through a unified financing system.

Kathleen Kelly Janus, Senior Advisor on Social Innovation, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

Kathleen Kelly Janus is the Senior Advisor on Social Innovation for Governor Gavin Newsom. A social entrepreneur, author, and lecturer at Stanford University’s Program on Social Entrepreneurship, Kathleen is also an expert on philanthropy, millennial engagement, and scaling early-stage organizations. Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Huffington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Tech Crunch, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her book –Social Startup Success: How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up and Make a Difference–is a playbook for nonprofit organizations based on a five-year research project interviewing hundreds of top-performing social innovators. A native of Napa, California, Kathleen received a J.D. and a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and lives in San Francisco with her husband and three young children.

Chris Langston, President and CEO, Archstone Foundation

Christopher A. Langston, PhD, is an executive, health services researcher, and national leader in philanthropy with 20 years of experience in transforming health care to improve outcomes and value in the care of older Americans. In 2019, he was named President and CEO of Archstone Foundation by its board of directors, its second executive leader.

Previously, (2016-2018) he served at the Aging in New York Fund as its Vice President of HealthCare Services, working to advance the integration of healthcare and social services in partnership with New York City’s Department for the Aging. From 2007 to 2015 he served as the Program Director of the John A. Hartford Foundation, where he was responsible for the Foundation’s grantmaking in support of its mission to improve the health of older Americans. He served five years on the board of directors of Grantmakers in Aging, the nation’s largest affinity association of funders in the broad field of aging, including three years as board chair.

Shelley Lyford, President and CEO, Gary and Mary West Foundation

Shelley Lyford is president and chief executive officer of West Health, the Gary and Mary West Foundation and the West Health Institute. Solely funded by philanthropists Gary and Mary West, West Health is a family of nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations including the Gary and Mary West Health Institute and Gary and Mary West Foundation in San Diego, and the Gary and Mary West Health Policy Center in Washington, D.C. West Health is dedicated to lowering healthcare costs to enable seniors to successfully age in place with access to high-quality, affordable health and support services that preserve and protect their dignity, quality of life and independence. As president and CEO, Lyford oversees these organizations that use a combination of applied medical research, policy, advocacy, and outcomes-based philanthropy to improve healthcare for seniors and lower costs.

Lyford played a critical role in establishing the Gary and Mary West Foundation in 2006. Under her leadership, the Gary and Mary West Foundation has awarded 615 grants totaling more than $231 million to date for applied medical research, policy initiatives and community support and social services for seniors and their caregivers.

Dwayne S. Marsh, President and CEO, Northern California Grantmakers

Dwayne S. Marsh assumed the position of President and CEO of Northern California Grantmakers on September 9, 2020. He brings 27 years of experience in the public, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors with a career commitment to advancing racial and economic equity. Dwayne recently completed a four-year turn as co-Director of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) and Vice President of Institutional and Sectoral Change at Race Forward. During his tenure, the membership network of local, regional, and state entities committed to advancing racial equity through the policies, practices, and public investments grew from just over 20 to nearly 200 participating jurisdictions.

Sarita A. Mohanty, President and Chief Executive Officer of The SCAN Foundation

Sarita A. Mohanty, MD, MPH, MBA, serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of The SCAN Foundation. The SCAN Foundation is one of the largest foundations in the United States focused on improving the quality of health and life for older adults. Its mission is to advance a coordinated and easily navigated system of high-quality services for older adults that preserve dignity and independence. Previously, Sarita served as the Vice President of Care Coordination for Medicaid and Vulnerable Populations at Kaiser Permanente. Sarita was previously Assistant Professor of Medicine at USC; Chief Medical Officer of COPE Health Solutions, a health care management consulting company; and Senior Medical Director at L.A. Care, the largest U.S. public health plan.

Janet Y. Spears, Chief Executive Officer, Metta Fund

Janet Y. Spears is Chief Executive Officer of Metta Fund, a private foundation dedicated to advancing the health and wellness of San Francisco’s aging population. Established in 1998, the foundation has a current endowment of more than $70 million and grants out approximately $2.4 million per year. Under Janet’s leadership, Metta Fund has pursued an audacious vision of an inclusive, connected, multi-generational, healthy, and thriving San Francisco. She has established new organizational priorities and spearheaded innovative opportunities for collaboration in service of the health and wellness of the community, Before joining Metta Fund, Janet was Chief Operating Officer at the East Bay Community Foundation (EBCF), a community foundation located in Oakland, California with approximately $400 million in assets. During her tenure, she oversaw development, grantmaking, communications, and donor services, and guided EBCF to a programmatically strong and financially healthy position. Prior to EBCF, Janet enjoyed a 23-year career at AT&T, where she led complex sales solutions as Sales Vice President.

Kim McCoy Wade, Director, California Department of Aging

Kim McCoy Wade is the Director of the California Department of Aging. She most recently served at the California Department of Social Services as the CalFresh & Nutrition Branch Chief, where she led the expansion of CalFresh food benefits to older adults and people with disabilities, as well as several data and technology initiatives, including the GetCalFresh mobile application. She previously served as a consultant to multiple health and human services non-profits and as Executive Director of the California Association of Food Banks. Earlier in her career, she worked in Washington, DC for the Children’s Defense Fund, Bread for the World, and Alliance for Justice. She is an alumna of NYU School of Law, Carleton College, and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

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