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Power to the People!: Collaborative Strategies for Increasing Political and Economic Democracy in SF’s Communities of Color

Date: 3/1/2011
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Location: The San Francisco Foundation 225 Bush Street, Suite 500

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Power to the people? It’s been almost a half-century since the height of the U.S. civil rights movement. Even as some assert that we are in a post-racial era, countless indicators reflect persistent, racially differentiated inequities in political power and economic conditions among poor and immigrant communities. In San Francisco, as the gap between wealthy and poor people continues to grow, our neighborhoods are in need of greater voice in civic life. What will it take to change the power dynamics moving forward? S.F. Rising—nine nonprofit organizations rooted in the rich culture and history of San Francisco’s diverse communities of color—is jointly stepping up to this challenge.

Please join The San Francisco Foundation, the Akonadi Foundation, and the Mitchell Kapor Foundation in a lively discussion with S.F. Rising about how this alliance is mobilizing the disenfranchised to change the power balance in San Francisco through voter work. S.F. Rising’s coordinated neighborhood-based voter education is already delivering: In last November’s election, S.F. Rising mobilized thousands of unlikely voters through an unprecedented level of collaboration and coordination. If politics or financial resources in San Francisco play a crucial role in “moving the needle” on advancing solutions that close disparities in the communities that you fund, or if you want to learn more about creating change through collaboration, you’ll want to join us and weigh-in to this important conversation.

Lunch will be provided.

Target Audience

This program is free and open to NCG members and non-member funders only.


Cedric Brown is the Chief Executive Officer of Mitchell Kapor Foundation and has 20 years of experience as an educator and funder, working with the SF Foundation, SF Education Fund, Switzer Foundation, SF Cultural Equity Grants, and Level Playing Field Institute among others. He serves as the chair of Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy and is a board member of Northern California Grantmakers and Funders Committee for Civic Participation. Cedric was a 2007 ABFE Fellow and received the 2010 ABFE Emerging Leader in Philanthropy Award. He holds degrees from the University of North Carolina and Stanford University, and an executive certificate from Georgetown University.

Antonio Díaz is the Organizational Director for PODER and has served as Co-Coordinator of the EcoJustice Networking Project at the Institute for Global Communications in San Francisco. Before moving to San Francisco in 1995, she worked in Texas’s environmental justice movement as a Research Associate for the Texas Center for Policy Studies, as a coordinator for the Texas Environmental & Economic Justice Resource Center, and as founding member and Board Chair of (PODER) in Austin, Texas. Antonio currently serves on the Advisory Board of CorpWatch and the Board of the Center for Environmental Health and Partnership for Immigrant Leadership and Action.

N'Tanya Lee is Executive Director of Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth and has served as Project Director of Coleman’s youth organizing project. She began a lifelong commitment to social justice as a Black 13-year old, free lunch kid fighting against Ronald Reagan’s “ketchup is a vegetable” policy. Since that time, she has been a student activist, youth worker, policy advocate and community organizer, working with organizations including the Community Service Society and People About Changing Education in NYC, Ozone House Youth Services in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the San Francisco Youth Commission. She has also provided volunteer leadership to organizing campaigns including racial justice in higher education, LGBTQ rights, juvenile justice system reform and HIV/AIDS in the black community, among others. NTanya received her undergraduate degree at Brown University in American Studies & Public Policy, and did doctoral work in American Studies/African American History at Yale University.  

Maria Poblet is Executive Director of Causa Justa::Just Cause.  As a former employee and co-director of St. Peter’s Housing Committee (St. Peters), María has ten years of experience organizing San Francisco tenants and the Latino immigrant community. María was instrumental in creating and implementing a membership and organizing structure at St. Peter’s, creating a grassroots leadership development program, and developing a movement building program in the organization. María is a founder of the Mission Anti-Displacement Coalition, is the former artistic director of Poetry for the People. Most recently, she served on the National Planning Committee for the U.S. Social Forum.


Yolanda Alindor is Organizational and Professional Development Officer for The San Francisco Foundation. Yolanda Alindor is the Organizational and Professional Development Officer at The San Francisco Foundation, where she leads the Multicultural Fellowship Program and two capacity-building programs focused on low income communities and communities of color. Prior to 2006, Ms. Alindor worked with wide array of direct service and social justice nonprofits for 15 years as an independent organization development consultant. Ms. Alindor, whose family immigrated from Perú in the 40’s, has an MA in communication from Stanford University and a BA in political science. She lives with her husband, two children, dad, and two pets in El Cerrito, California.