About 501(c)onference

Our annual conference reveals the tools nonprofits need to put strategy into action and accelerate impact. Join us for a day of inspiring stories, concrete best practices, and interactive sessions that will help reenergize your team and set you up for success.  

The 501(c)onference is known for connecting and energizing leaders, and co-creating opportunities and partnerships. This year, as organizations navigate a variety of challenges, we are focusing on common ground and shared values, while embracing the chaos of our current times as an opportunity for creative solutions and better results.  Keynote and breakout speakers are leaders in their field and will share tactical tools and examples that will help attendees become catalysts for change and growth within their organizations.

 
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Featured Speakers & Host Committee 

 
 
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ANA GUERRERO

Chief of Staff to LA Mayor Eric Garcetti

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ANNE WALLESTAD

President & CEO, BoardSource 

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SENATOR HOLLY MITCHEL

Senator Holly Mitchel, 30th Senate District

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ALEX M. JOHNSON

Program Director, The California Wellness Foundation

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ANGELICA SALAS

Executive Director, CHIRLA

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RON FINLEY

Founder, The Ron Finley Project

 
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CLARE FOX

Executive Director, LA Food Policy Council

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MICHAEL KADISH

Executive Director, GRID Alternatives LA

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OMAR BROWNSON

Co-Founder & CEO, gthx

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RAFAEL GONZALEZ

Director of Community Relations, First 5 LA

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NIKE IRVIN

Executive Board Member, The Broad Center

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NORMA EDITH GARCIA

Chief Deputy Director, LA Dept of Parks and Recreation

 
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SUSANA REYES

Vice President, National Sierra Club Board of Directors

ROSIE ARROYO

Senior Program Officer, California Community Foundation

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JENNY PUNSALAN DELWOOD

Executive Vice President, Liberty Hill Foundation

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JOE LYOU

Executive Director, Coalition for Clean Air

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NANCY SUTLEY

Chief Sustainability Officer, LA Department of Water and Power

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GARY GERO

Chief Sustainability Officer, LA County

 
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SONJA DIAZ

Founding Director, UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative

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AN LE, ESQ.

2020 Census Statewide Network Manager, Asian Americans Advancing Justice

AUREA MONTES-RODRIGUEZ

Executive Vice President, Community Coalition

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SCOTT PANSKY

Co-Founder & Social Impact Lead, Allison + Partners

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JOHN DOBARD

Director of Political Voice, Advancement Project California

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JESUS ‘JESSE’ FRAIRE

Statewide Census Coordinator, California Native Vote Project

 
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JULIE TUGEND

Board Member, LA Works

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PEGI MATSUDA

Founder, Pegi Matsuda Consulting

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VANESSA SCHNAIDT

Vice President, Cause Communications

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GABRIEL SANCHEZ

Communications Director, First 5 LA

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COURTNEY CLARK

Vice President of Design, Forum One

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LIZETTE RENEE ESCOBEDO

Director of National Census Program, NALEO Education Fund

 
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PATTI GIGGANS

Executive Director, Peace over Violence

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JAMES WOODSON

Policy & Special Projects Manager, California Calls Education Fund

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AIDE CASTRO

Council Member, City of Lynwood

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CARYN MANDELBAUM

Water Program Director, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

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ELIZABETH ALCANTAR

Councilmember, City of Cudahy

 
 

CYNTHIA GONZALEZ

Assistant Director of Community Engagement, Charles R. Drew School of Medicine

MICHELE SARTELL

Childcare Planning Coordinator, LA County Department of Public Health

 
 

CNM Staff & Board Members

 
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DAVID WHITE

Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP

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TREVOR WARE

Former COO, FCI Management

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CAROLYN R. WILLIAMS

Principal, Southern California Consulting Associates

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RYAN FRIDBORG, MAOD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Executive Vice President, Bolton & Company

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REGINA BIRDSELL

President & CEO, CNM

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PAMELA SAELIEB

Senior Strategist, CNM

 
 
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FRED ABDELNOUR

Director of Community & Government Affairs, Enterprise Holdings

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MAURA HARRINGTON, PH.D., MBA

Senior Vice President, CNM

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BILL MURIN

Healthcare Executive

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LESLIE ROBIN

Senior Strategist, CNM

 
 
 
 

2019 Theme: Find Common Ground. Build Momentum. 

This year's theme, focused on how establishing common ground can set a course for sustainable momentum, will be brought to life through four key themes: 

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Adapting through changes in the sector and global landscape

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Making impact evident through fostering data-driven outcomes

 
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Using creative leadership to inspire action

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Aligning Across Movements: creating Impact that has a ripple effect 

 
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Schedule


7:30 – 8:45 AM

COURTYARD

Registration

Hour of Power: Breakfast, Music, Connecting


8:45 – 9:30 AM 

PLENERY

Setting the Tone: Embracing Gratitude and Thriving in Uncertain Times

Omar Brownson


9:30 – 9:45 AM

WELCOME

Welcome & CNM 2019 Sector Snapshot: From Anxiety in the Sector to Unexpected Opportunities

Regina Birdsell, President & CEO, CNM


10:00 – 11:00 AM

KEYNOTE

A Board's Role in Leading Change During Chaotic Times

Anne Wallstead, President & CEO BoardSource


11:00 – 12:00 PM

PLENARY

Connecting and Aligning Across Movements

Alex Johnson, Program Director, The California Wellness Foundation

Aurea Montes -Rodriguez, VP Community Coalition

Angelica Salas, ED CHIRLA


12:00 – 1:00 PM

LUNCH, NETWORKING, MUSICAL PERFORMANCE & KEYNOTE

Food for Thought: Guerrilla Tactics, Healing our Community, and Thriving beyond the Frustration of Finicky Funders

Ron Finley, The Ron Finley Project


1:15 – 2:15 PM

BREAKOUT

Breakout Sessions

  • Thriving through Change

  • Green Growth: Addressing Inequality in Green Zones

  • Nonprofits Count: Why the 2020 Census is an Opportunity for your Nonprofit

  • Pitching with Authenticity to Corporate Funders

  • Local Funders, Intersecting Priorities


2:30 – 3:30 PM

BREAKOUT

Breakout Sessions

  • Optimizing your Communications Toolkit

  • Corporate Funders Roundtable: Conveying Your Cause to Corporations

  • Evolving Your Board to Build Strategic Alliances

  • Using Data to Advocate for Equity


3:30 – 4:30 PM

REFLECTION

Reflections and Call to Action: How do we continue to build momentum?


4:30 – 5:30 PM

RECEPTION

The Empower Hour Presented by JP Morgan

Attendee Reception with Host Committee and Speakers


Breaks are scheduled throughout the conference.

 

– 2018 Attendee

 

 Venue

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The California Endowment

1000 N. Alameda Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

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The California Endowment is a nonprofit, statewide foundation that works to make California a healthier place for all. The Endowment is the largest private health foundation in the state, and is also home to The Center for Healthy Communities which provides meeting spaces to mobilize community and civic leaders, health providers, advocates and policymakers in the search for solutions to California’s most critical challenges. CNM is honored to call The Endowment home, and to host our conference here again this year. 

 
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Sponsors

Thanks to our generous sponsors!