EBCF Appoints 3 New Board Members


September 3, 2019


East Bay Community Foundation Welcomes Three New Board Members

Connie Cagampang Heller, John Govea, and Tom Hanenburg Join Foundation to Help Advance Ambitious Social Justice Agenda for East Bay Region


Oakland, CA –  September 3, 2019 – The East Bay Community Foundation (EBCF) Board of Trustees today announced the appointment of three (3) new board members, Connie Cagampang Heller of the Linked Fate Fund for Justice; John Govea of the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund; and Tom Hanenburg of Kaiser Permanente, Northern California.

Earlier this year, EBCF revealed an ambitious new vision, strategy, and way of working with its donors, partners, and the community – the focus of which is to invest philanthropic capital in ways that address structural barriers to equity. By directing greater resources to organizations and community-led social movements working to address structural inequities, the Foundation aspires to affect long-term, transformational change in the East Bay.

“The East Bay Community Foundation enthusiastically welcomes the leadership, support, partnership, and expertise of our newest board members,” said Chief Executive Officer James Head. “As the guiding body in setting, sustaining, and advancing the strategic direction of the Foundation, the EBCF Board of Directors plays a critical role in our quest to achieve a more inclusive, fair, and just East Bay.”

Connie Cagampang Heller is Cofounder of the Linked Fate Fund for Justice, which supports grassroots community organizing to end systemic racial inequity. As a donor organizer, consultant, and artist, Connie works to help others explore and address structural racialization and implicit bias. In this capacity, she also co-developed and co-authored the Systems Thinking and Race curriculum for The California Endowment. Connie has served on numerous non-profit boards including Groundswell Fund and Groundswell Action Fund, Perception Institute, Demos, Ella Baker Center, and Women Donors Network.

“My work around understanding and ending systemic racism is well-aligned with EBCF’s focus on addressing the underlying structural challenges facing marginalized communities,” said Cagampang Heller. “The Foundation’s new approach to achieving a just East Bay is an important step for philanthropy, and I am thrilled to play a part in helping to bring that vision to life.”

John Govea currently serves as the Program Director for Immigrant Rights and Integration at the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. Prior to joining the Haas, Jr. Fund, John spent 10 years with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in New Jersey, where he managed national programs and initiatives focused on childhood obesity and health equity, and worked at the Community Foundation for Monterey County, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the California Service Corps.

“As a native Californian and the descendant of Mexican immigrants, I appreciate EBCF’s commitment to serving the needs of our region’s sizable immigrant community, which constitutes nearly a third of the East Bay’s population,” said Govea. “There is much work to be done to ensure that this community remains a welcoming, safe, and just place for immigrants to call home.”

Tom Hanenburg is Chief Operating Officer for the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Region, where he oversees and directs the company’s regional operations, including 21 medical centers, and Compliance, Continuum, Human Resources, Quality, and Clinical Services functions. Tom has additionally held executive leadership roles at the Southern Oregon Service Area for Providence Health & Services, Duke University Health System, Health Management Associates, and Humana.

“At Kaiser Permanente, an essential part of our nonprofit mission is to improve the health of the communities we serve, including Oakland, where we employ more than 12,000 residents. We believe that everyone deserves equal access to high quality health care. In  2019 alone, Kaiser Permanente invested $49 million in grants made via the East Bay Community Foundation to promote community health in the East Bay,” Hanenburg said. “As a member of the Board, I look forward to continuing  the work to break down cultural and socio-economic barriers to health care.”

“With extensive experience driving meaningful, systemic change across both the public and private sectors and demonstrated commitment to social justice, Connie, John, and Tom represent exactly what the Foundation needs as we embark on this exciting new chapter,” added Board Chair Mark Friedman.


About EBCF

Founded in 1928, and supported by over 400 local donors, the East Bay Community Foundation connects donors with community-led movements to eliminate structural barriers, advance racial equity, and create an inclusive, fair, and just East Bay. This means bringing together the financial resources and leadership capabilities of charitable-fund holders with those of government, business, private foundations, and non-profit service providers to positively affect social change. The Foundation is committed to advancing a Just East Bay; where all members of our community are treated fairly; resulting in equitable opportunity and outcomes. EBCF has charitable assets under management of $390 million. For more information, visit ebcf.org.


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