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No Going Back — Building for a Better Future
The COVID-19 pandemic and recession have exposed and deepened our current economy’s structural weaknesses and inequalities. Increasing political polarization, spiraling economic inequality, conflict over who belongs (particularly along lines of race, ethnicity and national origin), and rising fascism are all putting our democracy at risk.

Join this webinar to hear from funder colleagues on how they are supporting policy advocacy, organizing and civic engagement strategies to build a more inclusive and equitable economy and democracy. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect and react to the panel discussion and share a question or takeaway this discussion brings up for them in small breakouts at the end of the program.

Note: This event is for funders and philanthropic advisors only, whose primary activity is grantmaking. Staff from philanthropic serving organizations and affinity groups are also eligible to join.

Hosts: Economic Opportunity Funders, Funders for a Just Economy, Funders' Committee for Civic Participation

Cosponsors: Philanthropy New York

This webinar is the final program of the Post-Election Virtual Funder Learning Series. Learn more here: https://eofnetwork.org/post-election-briefings.

Feb 4, 2021 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Carmen Rojas
President and CEO @Marguerite Casey Foundation
Dr. Carmen Rojas is the president and CEO of the Marguerite Casey Foundation. Prior to joining Marguerite Casey Foundation, Dr. Carmen Rojas was the Co-Founder and former CEO of The Workers Lab, an innovation lab that invests in entrepreneurs, community organizers, and government leaders to create replicable and revenue-generating solutions that improve conditions for low-wage workers. For more than 20 years, Carmen has worked with foundations, financial institutions, and nonprofits to improve the lives of working people across the United States.
Don Chen
President @Surdna Foundation
Don Chen is the President of the Surdna Foundation where he leads the 100-year old foundation’s efforts to strengthen and further leverage its commitment to social justice. Prior to joining Surdna, Don was the Director of the Cities & States program at the Ford Foundation and the Founder and CEO of Smart Growth America. Don currently serves as Co-Chair of the Presidents’ Council on Impact Investing and on the boards of Living Cities, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, and Philanthropy New York. He holds a master’s degree from the Yale School of the Environment and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale University.
Laine Romero-Alston
Team Manager, Fair Work Program of the International Migration Initiative @Open Society Foundations
Laine Romero-Alston is a Team Manager for the Fair Work Program of the International Migration Initiative at the Open Society Foundations. Her work focuses on building a vibrant movement and promoting effective policies that ensure the rights and protections of vulnerable workers in the global economy, including migrant workers, with a particular focus on the Americas. Prior to joining OSF in 2018, she was a Program Officer at the Ford Foundation with the Quality Employment and Future of Work teams. Laine founded and Co-Chaired the Labor Innovation for the 21St Century (LIFT) Fund and has played multiple leadership roles within philanthropy, including as Co-Chair of the Neighborhood Funders Group/Funders for a Just Economy from 2012-2017 and currently serves on the board of the EDGE Funders Alliance.