We understand the importance of non-profit organizations in the community and the need to empower their leaders to increase their impact. That's why we partner with philanthropic organizations, the public sector, and other non-profits to provide resources and support. To get a better understanding of the leadership and staff of non-profits in Los Angeles County, CA, let's take a look at some of the key players. Jan Masaoka is the executive director of the California Association of Nonprofit Organizations (CalNonProfits), a statewide political alliance of more than 10,000 non-profits that speaks to government, philanthropy, and the general public. Maura is an expert in organizational development and strategy, with a focus on strategic planning, evaluation, and assessment.
The United Way of Greater Los Angeles (UWGLA) is dedicated to creating pathways out of poverty by helping the homeless find housing, supporting children to succeed in school, and helping families achieve financial stability. The American Red Cross of Los Angeles (ARCLA) recently hired Vega to develop its inaugural community organizing campaign to increase disaster preparedness and resilience in LA. She also volunteers as a senior on-duty supervisor for the Los Angeles Mayor's crisis response team and is part of a philanthropic family foundation (The Jewel Levine Foundation) that raises funds for families in Conejo Valley who are experiencing a crisis. Gerald has an MBA from the Peter Drucker Graduate Management Center, a degree in Psychology from Georgetown University, and serves as an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work and the Department of Psychology at USC. He has also served as managing director of the Brownsville Community Solutions Association, which involved residents and partner organizations from many sectors to significantly improve the health, safety, and economic prosperity of the Brownsville, Brooklyn neighborhood. Gerald has 21 years of service in the Marines under his belt, including two combat scenarios.
He also served as a member of Congress, liaison of the Marine Corps with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and deputy director of the Congressional Liaison Office of the Marine Corps with the United States. After retiring from service, he decided to dedicate his career to the Red Cross and successfully managed several blood collection territories in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The Brotherhood Crusade has been improving the quality of life for families and young people in Los Angeles and surrounding communities for 44 years. The Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF) is a network of 29 community organizations that serve more than 250,000 people a year in 27 Asian languages, in addition to English and Spanish. Bee has been part of United Latinx Fund (ULF) for 24 years now, serving in various roles from managing volunteers to organizing programs for young people. Jan Masaoka is also a leading writer and thinker on non-profit organizations with special emphasis on boards of directors, business planning, and the role of non-profits in society.
With all these key players working together towards a common goal - alleviating human suffering - it's no wonder why Los Angeles is such an inspiring place to call home.