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California Homelessness & Housing Policy Funder Network Steering Committee


Steering Committee Members:


Amy Denhart, Director, Funders Together San Diego

Andrea Evans, Senior Planner, Tipping Point Community

Carter Hewgley, Director, Homelessness Initiatives, United Way of Greater Los Angeles

Christa Brown, Senior Program Officer, Policy Advocacy, San Francisco Foundation

Danielle Wildkress, Chief of Staff, Arlene & Michael Rosen Foundation

Erin Jackson-Ward, Director, of Community Benefit, Cedars Sinai

Gina Dalma, Executive Vice President, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Ruby Bolaria-Shifrin, Director of Housing Affordability Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Seyron Foo, Senior Program Officer, Homelessness Initiative, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Vy Nguyen, Director of Special Projects & Communications, Weingart Foundation

We joined Funders Together because we believe in the power of philanthropy to play a major role in ending homelessness, and we know we have much to learn from funders across the country.

-Christine Marge, Director of Housing and Financial Stability at United Way of Greater Los Angeles

I am thankful for the local partnerships here in the Pacific Northwest that we’ve been able to create and nurture thanks to the work of Funders Together. Having so many of the right players at the table makes our conversations – and all of our efforts – all the richer and more effective.

-David Wertheimer, Deputy Director at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Very often a lack of jobs and money is not the cause of poverty, but the symptom. The cause may lie deeper in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities, in a lack of education and training, in a lack of medical care and housing, in a lack of decent communities in which to live and bring up their children.

-President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964 State of the Union Address

Funders Together has given me a platform to engage the other funders in my community. Our local funding community has improved greatly to support housing first models and align of resources towards ending homelessness.

-Leslie Strnisha, Vice President at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

Our family foundation convenes local funders and key community stakeholders around strategies to end homelessness in Houston. Funders Together members have been invaluable mentors to us in this effort, traveling to our community to share their expertise and examples of best practices from around the nation.

-Nancy Frees Fountain, Managing Director at The Frees Foundation

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