The Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative is led by an active steering committee comprised of representatives from: the California Community Foundation, Enterprise Community Partners, First 5 LA, Liberty Hill Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Resources Legacy Fund, Garfield Foundation, and the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation.
John Guevarra (Co-Chair)
As a Program Officer at First 5 LA, John helps to develop and manage projects and advocacy efforts that benefit children and families in Los Angeles County. John brings together over 10 years experience working with government, non-profits, political, and philanthropic sectors to help create more livable and equitable communities.
At First 5 LA, John manages the Built Environment Policy Advocacy Fund, a multi-year grant and technical assistance program focused on improving neighborhood conditions for children 0-5 and their families in the Best Start communities. The fund focuses on three areas: transportation/mobility, parks and open space, and food security. John also helps guide the Link program, a pooled fund focused on improving and increasing parks and open space investments in Best Start communities.
John holds a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a former board member of People for Parks and the YMCA-Hollywood, and a former youth basketball coach. He currently enjoys his time with his wife, son, and dog in South Pasadena. John joined the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative steering committee in 2020.
Lisa Craypo, Principal at Ad Lucem Consulting, has more than 20 years of experience in strategic planning, initiative design, philanthropic advising, program evaluation and research. She has successfully led numerous clients through strategic planning processes, conceptualized and managed funding initiatives, designed and conducted program evaluations, provided training and technical assistance, and developed innovative tools to meet client needs.
Through Ad Lucem, Lisa provides strategic consultation to a range of clients including foundations, public health departments, healthcare providers, and nonprofits. Lisa approaches projects with a partnership model that facilitates identification of priorities, development of strategies, and clear linkages to impacts.
In her role as consultant to The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Lisa serves as program officer for Type 2 diabetes and obesity prevention grantmaking, which focuses on healthy land use and access to parks. In 2013, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation became a member of the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative, and as the Foundation representative, Lisa has encouraged the Collaborative to include a focus on parks and health in discussions and events. Lisa joined the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative steering committee in 2013.
Sean Doss manages the foundation’s Program Related Investment portfolio and lending activities and leads grantmaking, strategy development, community engagement and convening activities related to housing and economic opportunity program initiatives.
Prior to joining CCF, Doss served two years as Executive Advisor and FUSE Executive Fellow to the City of Los Angeles Housing & Community Investment Department where he obtained seed funding for and devised a plan to modernize and streamline the department’s housing development operations in Los Angeles. Additionally, Doss previously held leadership roles at JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, US Bank and PNC Bank where he was responsible for structuring, underwriting and managing a portfolio of loans to national real estate developers, real estate investment trusts, full-time investors, owners and operators of commercial real estate.
Sean earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Management from the University of Manchester (UK). Sean joined the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative steering committee in 2020.
Gisele Fong is a Program Manager for The California Endowment’s on the Los Angeles regional and Inclusive Community Development teams. Within philanthropy and within community based organizations and coalitions, Gisele has worked for over a decade on health impacts from air and goods movement pollution, environmental justice, and supporting capacity building of communities to bring their vast wisdom of needs and solutions to decision making tables.
Gisele has served on numerous boards and commissions including the California Air Resources Board’s Environmental Justice Advisory Committee, Harbor Community Benefit Foundation, a community based performance arts organization, and a social justice oriented bilingual charter school.
Gisele earned her MA in Asian American Studies and PhD in History from UCLA, and is a resident of Long Beach. Gisele joined the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative steering committee in 2020.
Alfredo Gonzalez is Southern California Director at Resources Legacy Fund (RLF).
Alfredo leads efforts to broaden and diversify the constituency for environmental conservation with a specific focus on engaging communities of color and younger Californians.
Prior to working at RLF, Alfredo served as director of the South Coast and Deserts Region for The Nature Conservancy, where he managed various programs including a Los Angeles-based urban conservation project and oversaw large scale land protection and habitat restoration projects across the region. Alfredo previously served in senior government affairs positions for the Southern California Association of Governments and the County of Santa Clara, and was a policy analyst for Latino Issues Forum in San Francisco.
Alfredo received a BA in Communications from UC Berkeley and an MA in Public Administration from California State University, Los Angeles. Alfredo joined the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative steering committee in 2016.
Alexis Lantz is a mom and a Senior Policy Strategist with the PLACE Program at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. In her role at PLACE she has assisted cities and the County with active transportation planning, policy development, and funding. She launched the development of the County’s first pedestrian plan: Step by Step LA County; Pedestrian Plans for Unincorporated Communities and helps facilitate the County of Los Angeles’ Vision Zero initiative. Previously, she was the Planning & Policy Director at the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC). Alexis holds an M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA. While at UCLA, she initiated a student-led course on bicycle and pedestrian planning that continues today and authored the report “Cycling in Los Angeles” as a Los Angeles Sustainability Collaborative fellow.
Alexis joined the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative steering committee in 2021.
As Program Officer, Roger leverages his deep commitment to the social sector as he works with organizations and initiatives centered on Affordable Housing Preservation, Criminal Justice Reform, Environmental Justice. Roger is responsible for helping guide the Foundation’s programmatic strategy and portfolio theory. He is also playing a role in the organization’s emerging Impact Investing and deepening relationships in the field of philanthropy.
Prior to joining RPDFF, Roger was a strategic financial advisor with Nonprofit Finance Fund – a national nonprofit and community development financial institution that serves nonprofit organizations and foundations. He led projects focused on business model analyses, growth scenarios, and organizational assessments with social sector organizations seeking to understand their full costs of service provision and improve societal outcomes. Throughout his career, Roger has worked with both nonprofit and for-profit clients as a consultant, project manager, and researcher in the United States and abroad. He currently serves on the board of California ChangeLawyers, Steering Committee of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, and is an active member of the Switzer Environmental Leadership and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer networks. Roger received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of North Carolina, Asheville, a Master of Arts in International Development and a Master of Business Administration from Brandeis University. Roger joined the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative steering committee in 2020.
Alex Paxton develops and implements programs for the Water Foundation. Prior to joining the Water Foundation, Alex worked for over a decade on local strategies for redevelopment, displacement mitigation, workforce development, and urban sustainability for a range of employers including LA Unified School District, then-LA City Councilmember Eric Garcetti, Mayors James Hahn and Antonio Villaraigosa, the LA City Community Redevelopment Agency, the LA Economic Development Corporation, and Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors. She also taught a course on Sustainable Urban Economies for the Masters Program in Urban Sustainability at Antioch University.
Alex received a BA in American Studies, an MFA in Theater Management, and a law degree from Yale University, as well as an MS in Social Anthropology from University College London. Alex joined the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative steering committee in 2019.
Almas is the Vice President of Public Partnerships at Liberty Hill Foundation. In this capacity, Almas develops partnerships with government and public entities to better build and serve communities and advance Liberty Hill’s vision of progressive change. Almas also guides the foundation’s economic justice and housing portfolios.
Almas brings more than 15 years of experience to the foundation, working at the intersection of organizing, legislative policy change and litigation in housing equity, workers rights and imhuman justice. Almas served as General Counsel and Policy Advisor to the National Domestic Workers Alliance, leading groundworking campaigns for domestic workers’ rights and shaping the organization’s rapid growth. More recently, Almas served as Deputy Director of Programs at the California Imhuman Policy Center, steering critical campaigns to ensure healthcare access, worker protections and mitigating the impact of immigration enforcement for California’s undocumented communities. Almas began her legal career as a housing lawyer, defending tenants losing their housing due to eviction and pursuing affirmative claims against unscrupulous landlords. Before her time as a lawyer, Almas served the Senate Banking Committee, Senate Joint Economic Committee and two New York gubernatorial administrations. She has appeared on BBC America, Al Jazeera America and National Public Radio and published in the LA Times, Slate and the Yale Journal of Law and Social Policy.
Almas is a graduate of UCLA School of Law, where she was a Public Interest Law and Policy Fellow. She holds an MSc from the London School of Economics, an MA from Hebrew University, where she was a Fulbright Fellow, and a Certificate of Advanced Studies from Birzeit University. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas.
Jamie N. Schenker is a program officer for Cal Wellness’ Community Well-being portfolio. In her role, she reviews letters of interest, evaluates grant proposals, conducts site visits, and makes funding recommendations. She brings over 15 years’ experience in grantmaking, evaluation and organizational learning. She is passionate about supporting social change and racial justice efforts to ensure all people are safe and healthy.
Schenker was appointed to her current position after serving as evaluation officer at Cal Wellness for over six years. During her tenure, she developed evaluation and organizational tools, designed trainings for staff, and designed internal processes to evaluate grantmaking. Additionally, she led efforts to support learning and documentation through grants data.
Prior to joining Cal Wellness in September 2013, she was a program specialist for collaborative philanthropy at Northern California Grantmakers (NCG), where she managed two loan programs for nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area. Before her time at NCG, she was a program assistant at Cal Wellness working on organizational learning and evaluation. She also served as a project manager at Abundantia Consulting, where she led evaluation projects for nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.
Schenker previously served as cochair for Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy’s Bay Area chapter. She earned her master’s degree in public administration, with a concentration in nonprofit administration, and her bachelor’s degree in sociology from San Francisco State University. Jamie joined the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative steering committee in 2021.
Elizabeth Trombley currently serves as Southern California Regional Manager of Upstream Community Health for Kaiser Permanente. In this role, she oversees the Region’s upstream community health improvement strategy which seeks to maximize Kaiser Permanente’s positive impact on the health of communities by leveraging all organizational assets, including and beyond coverage and care, to address social, economic, and environmental determinants of health.
Prior to this role with Kaiser Permanente, Beth served as Director of Public Affairs and Brand Communications for the Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center where she directed the public relations, corporate communications, community health improvement and community benefit grant program, and the government affairs for the hospital and health plan.
Before joining Kaiser Permanente in 2005, Beth served as the Senior Health Policy Analyst for the New York State Senate Committee on Health advising on public health policy and strategy for New York State. Beth became engaged in public health work while working in the non-profit community on the East Coast in the areas of violence and injury prevention. Beth holds a Masters in Public Health from the Boston University School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Ithaca College. Beth joined the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative steering committee in 2021.
Jimar Wilson is Vice President & Southern California Market Leader at Enterprise Community Partners. Prior to joining Enterprise, Jimar was CRA Officer at American Business Bank where he managed the bank’s Community Reinvestment Act program. Mr. Wilson has held regional community development manager positions at Boston Private and Northern Trust, covering Arizona, California and Colorado markets. Mr. Wilson previously worked at West Angeles Community Development Corporation (CDC) as project manager and housing director, managing the CDC’s housing development, asset management and financial literacy programs in South Los Angeles. Jimar is an adjunct assistant professor in community and economic development at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College.
Mr. Wilson serves on the board of directors of Crenshaw Family YMCA, Ebony Repertory Theatre, and A Step to Freedom. Previous board appointments include 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, The Fringe at Center Theatre Group (The Crew), and John M. Langston Bar Association. Jimar is a recipient of the prestigious German Marshall Memorial Fellowship, which included travel throughout Europe with other opinion leaders to help foster greater transatlantic relations. He also received the Our Authors Study Club Living Legends Award, with additional recognition by the LA NAACP Youth Council for outstanding community service.
Mr. Wilson earned his B.A. in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Master in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow. He is also a graduate of the Ross Minority Program in Real Estate at the University of Southern California. Jimar joined the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative steering committee in 2021.