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Project News | February 10, 2021

Radical Monarchs: Looking for Radical Troop Leaders

Radical Monarchs is looking for individuals interested in starting troops in their communities with the goal of creating opportunities for youth of color (ages 8-11) to form sisterhood, celebrate their cultures, and contribute to their communities. Queer BIPOC folks are highly encouraged to apply. The organization is looking for both troop leaders and troop assistants. The deadline to apply is February 14!

Learn More & Apply Here

Project Homeless Connect: Accepting Donations Through Amazon

Project Homeless Connect has made it easy for anyone wanting to contribute to their efforts to donate directly to their office. They have set up a wish list on Amazon filled with items like rain ponchos, backpacks, sleeping bags, and socks that are crucial to keeping unhoused folks warm and dry this time of year. Project Homeless Connect distributes these items across San Francisco from the Tenderloin to the Sunset District.

Project Homeless Connect also recently published their fiscal year 2019-2020 Annual Report

View Project Homeless Connect’s Wish List Here

Active Voice Lab: Cultivating Leaders for Over 20 Years

2020 marked Active Voice Lab’s 20th anniversary. To celebrate, they interviewed three BIPOC women leaders who have been involved with the organization over the years. Today, these women are making an impact at the intersection of media and social change as they advise funders and spearhead their own philanthropic initiatives. In their interviews, both Sahar Driver and Shaady Salehi, Active Voice Lab’s second executive director, discuss the importance of trust-based philanthropy in promoting social change.

Listen to the Interviews Here

“Active Voice Lab believes that significant social change becomes possible when policy experts, philanthropists, researchers, organizers, social entrepreneurs, and ‘creatives’ work together toward common objectives for a better world. We think of these interdependent relationships as an ‘ecosystem of change.’”

Webinar: How Personal Values Drive Equity in Open Science

Interested in open science and open data? The Carpentries’ Executive Director Dr. Kari L. Jordan and Community Initiatives’ Vice President of Client Services Heidi Hernandez Gatty will be exploring the role of personal values in open science during a one-hour webinar on Tuesday, February 16 at 12:00 p.m. (Pacific Time). They will lead you through an exercise to identify and develop your values through a culturally relevant lens and guide you in using your personal values to advocate for equity in open science.

A video recording will be available soon after the webinar on the Medical Library website – where you can also register in advance for the live event.

Latino Outdoors: Mapping Migraciones

The National Audubon Society and Audubon California have partnered with Latino Outdoors for a year-long project celebrating Latinidad, migration, and the stories that connect us across the Americas. This project, Mapping Migraciones, features an interactive map that shares the stories and migration patterns of people and birds. There will be panels and discussions throughout the year to take a deeper dive into the intersections and parallels of birding and human migration.

Upcoming webinars will be posted to the National Audubon Society’s website

Read a Mapping Migraciones Story from a Latino Outdoors Participant here

Board Member Highlight

Maya Lis Tussing

Community Initiatives Board of Directors Service: January 2021–present

Maya Tussing began her time with Community Initiatives’ Board of Directors last month. Maya is a Partner with Fairlight Advisors helping nonprofit leaders be financially resilient by providing first-class financial and investment solutions. Maya honed her experience in enterprise risk and investment management at corporations such as BlackRock, Barclays Global Investors, Visa, and GE. She takes great satisfaction in creating solutions for nonprofits and individuals based on programs deployed at some of the most respected financial services companies in the world. Additionally, Maya has coached hundreds of men and women at all levels of corporate and non-profit organizations to achieve personal and professional success and satisfaction. She is a graduate of Pomona College and holds an MBA in international finance from the University of Washington.

Maya was born in Anchorage, Alaska and raised in Seattle. Over her lifetime, she has lived in nearly 30 places. She currently lives in Belmont with her husband of 15 years, Darren; their 12-year-old daughter, Devon; and their cocker spaniel and labradoodle (who happens to have a decent TikTok following thanks to Devon). Maya is an avid athlete who enjoys tennis (she played competitively for over 10 years), cross-country, track, swimming, and skiing.

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