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, Los Angeles Mayor’s Office

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ANNE WALLESTAD

President & CEO, BoardSource 

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SENATOR HOLLY MITCHELL

30th District California Senate

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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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COUNCILMEMBER MONICA RODRIGUEZ

7th District, Los Angeles City Council

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MICHAEL KADISH

Executive Director, GRID Alternatives LA

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COUNCILMEMBER MARQUEECE HARRIS-DAWSON

8th District, Los Angeles City Council

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RAFAEL GONZALEZ

Director of Community Relations, First 5 LA

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NORMA EDITH GARCIA

Chief Deputy Director, Los Angeles County 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, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

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GARY GERO

Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles 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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COUNCILMEMBER BELÉN BERNAL

City of South Gate

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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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COUNCILMEMBER AIDE CASTRO

City of Lynwood

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CARYN MANDELBAUM

Water Program Director, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

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COUNCILMEMBER ELIZABETH ALCANTAR

City of Cudahy

 
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CYNTHIA GONZALEZ

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

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CLARE FOX

Executive Director, LA Food Policy Council

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LISA WOON

Principal Manager, Corporate Philanthropy, Southern California Edison 

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OMAR BROWNSON

Co-Founder & CEO, gthx

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CRISTINA PACHECO

VP of Organizing, NationBuilder

 
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LUIS GONZALEZ

VP of Corporate Philanthropy and Community Relations, Wells Fargo

 
 

MICHELE SARTELL

Childcare Planning Coordinator, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

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SARAH BOWLES

Vice President & Program Officer, Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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MARY-ELIZABETH MICHAELS

Director of Community Affairs, Warner Bros. Entertainment

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RYAN VALLANCOURT

 Director, Sales Strategy, NationBuilder 

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JENNIFER NICKERSON

Senior Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, City National Bank 

 
 

CNM Staff & Board Members

 
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DAVID WHITE

Director, Deloitte Consulting, LLP, CNM Board Chair 

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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

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PAMELA SAELIEB

Senior Strategist

 
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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

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BILL MURIN

Healthcare Executive

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LESLIE ROBIN

Senior Strategist

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MARTA SEGURA

501(c)onference Organizer

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RAFAEL GONZALEZ

Director of Community Relations, First 5 LA

 
 

ALYSON SATTLER

Vice President, Corporate Charitable Giving, The Capital Group Companies

 
 
 
 

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 AM

Breakfast & Registration

 

 

8:45 AM

Welcome & Embracing Gratitude/Thriving in Uncertain Times

Welcome: Bill Murin, CNM Board Member

Introduction: Mary-Elizabeth Michaels, Director of Community Affairs, Warner Bros. Entertainment

Omar Brownson, Co-Founder & CEO, gthx

 

 

9:30 AM

CNM 2019 Sector Snapshot: From Anxiety to Unexpected Opportunities

Regina Birdsell, President & CEO, CNM

 

 

10:00 AM

The Board’s Role in Leading Change

Introduction: Trisha Muse, Director of Community Relations, SoCalGas

Anne Wallstead, President & CEO, BoardSource

Regina Birdsell, President & CEO, CNM

 

 

11:00 AM

Connecting and Aligning Across Movements

Moderator: Alex Johnson, Program Director, The California Wellness Foundation 

Aurea Montes-Rodriguez, Executive Vice President, Community Coalition 

Angelica Salas, Executive Director, CHIRLA 

Patti Giggans, Executive Director, Peace Over Violence 

Closing Remarks: Rafael Gonzalez, Director, Community Relations, First 5 LA, CNM Board Member

 

 

12:00 PM

Lunch Sponsored by NationBuilder

 

 

12:30 PM

Food for Thought: Tools for Healing Our Community

Introduction: Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Los Angeles City Council District 8

Ron Finley, Founder, The Ron Finley Project

Closing Remarks: Ryan Vaillancourt, Director, Sales Strategy, NationBuilder

 

 

1:00 PM

Morning Wrap-up

Ryan Fridborg, Executive Vice President, Bolton & Company, CNM Board Member

 

 

1:15 PM

Breakout Sessions

Thriving Through Change: A Social Justice and Racial Lens

  • Moderator: Marta Segura, M.P.H, 501(c)onference Organizer

  • Ron Finley, Founder, The Ron Finley Project

  • Caryn Mandelbaum, Water Director, Environment Now CA Program, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

  • Clare Fox, Executive Director, LA Food Policy Council

Green Growth: Addressing Inequality through Renewable Energy Policy and Investments

  • Moderator: Michael Kadish, Executive Director, GRID Alternatives LA

  • Joe Lyou, Ph.D., President & CEO, Coalition for Clean Air

  • Susana Reyes, Vice President, National Sierra Club Board of Directors

  • Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability Officer, LA DWP

  • Gary Gero, Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles County

Nonprofits Count: Why the 2020 Census is a Unique Opportunity 

  • Moderator: John Dobard, Director of Political Voice, Advancement Project California

  • Lizette Escobedo, Director of National Census Program, NALEO

  • An Le Esq., 2020 Census Statewide Network Manager, Asian Americans Advancing Justice

  • Jesse Fraire, Statewide Census Coordinator, California Native Vote Project

  • James Woodson, Policy & Special Projects Manager, California Calls Education Fund

Pitching with Authenticity to Corporate Funders

  • Scott Pansky, Co-Founder & Social Impact Lead, Allison + Partners

Local Funders, Intersecting Priorities

  • Moderator: Rafael Gonzalez, Director of Community Relations, First 5 LA, CNM Board Member

  • Rosie Arroyo, Senior Program Officer, California Community Foundation

  • Jenny Delwood, Executive Vice President, Liberty Hill Foundation

  • Misha Hughes, Grants Officer, LA County Regional Parks Open Space District

 

 

2:30 PM

Breakout Sessions

Optimizing your Communications Toolkit

  • Moderator: Vanessa Schnaidt, Vice President, Cause Communications

  • Gabriel Sanchez, Director of Communications and Marketing, First 5 LA

  • Courtney Clark, Vice President of Design, Forum One

Corporate Funders: Creating Effective Partnerships

  • Moderator: Fred Abdelnour, Director of Community & Government Affairs, Enterprise Holdings, CNM Board Member

  • Moderator: Carolyn R. Williams, Principal, Southern California Consulting Associates, CNM Board Member

  • Jeannie DeLaura, Senior Vice President, Bolton & Company

  • Jennifer Nickerson, Senior Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, City National Bank 

  • Luis Gonzalez, Vice President Corporate Philanthropy and Community Relations, Wells Fargo

Evolving Your Board to Build Strategic Alliances

  • Moderator: Leslie Robin, Senior Strategist, CNM 

  • Pegi Matsuda, Founder, Pegi Matsuda Consulting

Using Data to Advocate for Equity

  • Moderator: Maura Harrington, MBA, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, CNM

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

  • Sonja Diaz, Founding Director, UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative

  • Norma Edith Garcia, Chief Deputy Director, County of LA Dept. Parks and Recreation

  • Michele Sartell, Childcare Planning Coordinator, LA County Department of Public Health

 

 

3:30 PM

Strategies for Finding Common Ground 

Moderator: Marta Segura M.P.H., 501(c)onference Organizer

Caryn Mandelbaum, Water Director, Environment Now CA Program, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

Rafael Gonzalez, Director, Community Relations, First 5 LA, CNM Board Member

Maura Harrington, MBA, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, CNM

Deanna Cherry, Consultant, Deanna Cherry Consulting, Inc.

Ric Vidal, Consultant, Deanna Cherry Consulting, Inc.

 

 

4:30 PM

Conference Wrap-up

David White, Director, Deloitte Consulting, LLP, CNM Board Chair

Sarah Bowles, Vice President & Program Officer, Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

 

 

4:40 PM

The Empower Hour Presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

 

 

5:00 PM

Celebrating with 501(c)onference Host Committee

Carolyn R. Williams, Principal, Southern California Consulting Associates, CNM Board Member

 

 

– 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!

 

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Schedule & Speakers

2019 Program

 
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