Welcome New Staff, April 2021
The EBCF team is growing with four new hires in recent months. Our newest staff members come to EBCF with exceptional professional backgrounds and a wide variety of experience. We are thrilled to welcome Hannah, Joshua, Kaitlin and Son to the EBCF team.
Hannah Garcia (she/her) is a Senior Program Officer and co-leads EBCF’s community organizing, power-building, and movement-building strategy and grantmaking with a focus on Contra Costa County. She brings over a decade of experience in community organizing, racial justice facilitation, and nonprofit program management and is passionate about community-led decision-making and equitable systems change. Hannah’s earlier work focused on organizing with Latinx communities around immigrant and tenant rights, affordable housing, and juvenile justice. Prior to joining EBCF, Hannah served as the Grants Program Manager and Equity Catalyst for Arts Council Santa Cruz County where she worked to shift grantmaking and decision-making power to organizations and artists in BIPOC communities working at the intersection of social justice and the arts.
Hannah received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Chicano Studies from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She lives in Point Richmond with her partner and outside of work, enjoys dance, time in nature, and engaging in mindfulness practices that support the sustainability of social justice work.
Born and raised in Oakland, Joshua Lee (he/him) has been leading grassroots organizations in the Bay Area for over ten years. A focal point of Josh’s work has been with youth organizing groups in the east bay such as Youth Together and AYPAL: Building Asian Pacific Islander Community Power, centering the voices and leadership of some of the most powerful yet vulnerable populations in the region in BIPOC young people. Josh recently completed his role as a Multicultural Fellow at the San Francisco Foundation (SFF), where he led their Rapid Response Fund for Movement Building and COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund grantmaking. Prior to his role at SFF, he was the Director of AYPAL: Building API Community Power for 5 years. He has a MA from the University of Michigan in Higher Education with a focus on Social Justice, and a BA from UC Santa Cruz in American Studies. After being in the field for many years, harnessing his perspective as both grantee and funder, he is driven by a commitment to building collective strategies towards racial equity, led by those most impacted, towards a Just East Bay.
Kaitlin Levenstrong (she/her) joins the Development team at EBCF as Senior Development Officer focused on building relationships with donors interested in aligning their giving with the Just East Bay vision. She has dedicated her career to helping people live into the change they want to see through boldly investing their wealth and resources, as well as their time and talents, towards critical issues of racial justice, gender equity, economic inclusion, and other structural inequalities. Most recently, she has served as the Director of Strategic Gifts and Business Partnership at Sojourners, a national non-profit mobilizing people of faith around local & national social justice issues.
Kaitlin has developed a unique blend of fundraising, strategic partnership building, community organizing, and business acumen throughout her 13+ year career. In addition to Sojourners, she has worked on gender equity programs, social enterprise, and corporate partnership development for the United Nations Association of Greater Boston (UNA-GB), Prosperity Candle, and the Girl Scouts in Washington, DC. Her work and approach are driven by a deep belief in building authentic relationships that prioritize transparency and trust, in order to inspire people to become powerful participants and allies within their communities and broader movements.
Kaitlin is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she received a B.A. in journalism with concentrations in religious studies, politics, and African new world studies, and has also completed a certificate in professional fundraising at Boston University. Having been raised in the Midwest and headed East first for school and work, Kaitlin eventually found her way out West, making a more permanent home in California with her husband in 2020. Getting outdoors to explore the natural wonders of the Bay Area and beyond is what she seeks most in her downtime.
Son Chau (he/him) is an organizer-consultant with over a decade of social sector experience. Most recently, he served as a philanthropic advisor at Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF). At SVCF, Son led strategic projects developing its capacity to equitably connect donors with nonprofits through giving circles, giving guides, and community forums. He also managed a $160 million portfolio of donor-advised funds where he facilitated deep partnerships with family clients to practice effective philanthropy. As a result, Son inspired over $3.5 million in investments to SVCF’s initiatives including regional COVID response and racial equity efforts. Additionally, he co-chaired the task force responsible for implementing organizational values which improved workplace culture for over 100 staff.
Son had begun his career in his hometown, San Jose, organizing for the South Bay’s labor movement at Working Partnerships USA (WPUSA). Here, he developed its first individual donor programs building up its fund development infrastructure. WPUSA then launched Silicon Valley Rising, the region’s largest grassroots coalition addressing the systemic racial and economic inequities in tech. Son later moved to New York where he worked at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA). While at RPA, he advised major private foundation clients on $185 million in fiscal sponsorships nationally and internationally.
Son holds an MPA from NYU Wagner School of Public Service and BA from UC Berkeley in Ethnic Studies and American Studies with the highest honors. He has certificates in Project Leadership from Cornell University and Nonprofit Financial Accounting from BDO FMA. Son is a proud graduate of 21/64’s inaugural cohort of the Certified Advisors of Color Project and Philanthropy New York’s emerging leaders program.
We are thrilled to welcome Hannah, Joshua, Kaitlin and Son to the EBCF team, and look forward to their contributions to our journey toward an inclusive, fair, and just East Bay.
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