California Nonprofit Leaders are Set to Speak at the First Informational Senate and Assembly Select Committee Hearing


Almost four years after the CA Senate and Assembly Select Committees on the Nonprofit Sector were formed in 2017, the first informational hearing is scheduled to take place Thursday, February 17, 2022, at 1:30 pm PST. 

This is the first committee focusing on issues that nonprofits face and ideas for the future. CalNonprofits were, and continue to be, an important driving force to create this committee. Senator Monique Limón from the 19th Senate district and Assembly Member Luz Rivas from the 39th Assembly district serve as the Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector’s Chairs, along with eight other CA Senators and ten CA State Assembly Members.

According to CalNonprofits, the goal of this committee is to “provide a structure to develop and implement more effective collaborations between California’s elected officials, government agencies, philanthropic leaders, and nonprofit organizations that will help create new strategies, innovative policies, and meaningful programs to improve the economic and social well-being of millions of Californians.” At the Alliance we are very excited that this hearing will bring more visibility to California nonprofits, especially as budgeting decisions are being made.

Listen in as your California nonprofit leaders speak during the hearing “A Blueprint to Ensure Nonprofits are Supported and Thrive During Future Emergencies: An Informational Hearing of CA Senate and Assembly Select Committees on the Nonprofit Sector.” To listen to the hearing, visit the California State Assembly Select Committee on the Non-Profit Sector’s website. Public comments will also be taken during this time.

Panel Agenda:

Panel I: COVID-19 – Nonprofit Leaders’ Experience and Response on the Ground

  • Maricela Morales, Executive Director, Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE)
  • José Rodriguez, President and CEO, El Concilio of Stockton
  • Karen Delaney, Executive Director, Santa Cruz Volunteer Center
  • Janet Marinaccio, CEO, MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity)

Panel II: Identifying Future Opportunities to Support Nonprofits During Emergencies

  • Jan Masaoka, CEO, CalNonprofits
  • Julie Baker, Executive Director, Californians for the Arts
  • Jennifer Hark-Dietz, CEO, PATH (People Assisting the Homeless)
  • Dr. Le Ondra Clark Harvey, CEO, CA Council of Behavioral Health Agencies

To learn more about the event, please visit the Inland Empire Community Collaborative website.

Works cited:
CalNonprofits, personal communication, February 14, 2022.
CalNonprofits. March 3, 2017. New Assembly Select Committee Focuses on Importance of Nonprofit Sector. CalNonprofits.org.
Inland Empire Community Collaborative. (n.d.). Event: A Blueprint to Ensure Nonprofits are Supported and Thrive During Future Emergencies: An Informational Hearing of CA Senate and Assembly Select Committees on the Nonprofit Sector. Inlandempirecommunitycollaborative.org.


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