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Community Action Grants

Synopsis

In partnership with the City of San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Community Development and Housing and Supervisor John Avalos, the Community Action Grants (CAG) was an innovative and thoughtful approach to localized and resident led community development. By allowing neighborhood groups to manage the allocation of grant funding, projects better reflected the resident’s priorities, encouraged stewardship and collaboration, and ensured that the monies benefited the community it was intended to support. As part of the original team, I helped to develop, implement, and assess the grant cycles over the course of three years, with all three CAG process, application, and results being completely unique, based on the needs and priorities of the neighborhood group. I also managed the ongoing support, including budgets, reporting, and technical assistance of the three CAG’s for over three years, which ultimately served three San Francisco neighborhoods (OMI, Excelsior, and SOMA) and annually distributed more than $175,000.

For my work with the neighborhood groups, I received a certificate of honor from the SF Board of Supervisors. In addition, the OMI Community Collaborative, of which I was a founding member, received a community partner award from San Francisco State University’s Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, in recognition of our community development work.

Silver Tsunami Aging Panel

Synopsis

In graduate school, I realized that most of my classmates had no awareness of the impact, needs, and employment opportunities that a rapidly growing and aging population would have on public affairs careers (more specifically, urban planning, public policy, and social welfare). Wanting to offer an event that attempted to share the impact as well as the need for incorporating an aging perspective within all public affairs careers, my colleague Zoe Koehler and I hosted a half-day panel. As a member of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Gerontology Group, our goal was to bring in professionals and researchers that would highlight the impact of an aging population.

Moderated by the esteemed Dr. Fernando Torres-Gil, our speakers included:

  • Rachel Caraviello, Masters in Gerontology – VP of Programs and Services with Affordable Living for the Aging, Los Angeles
  • Stephen Gratwick – Director of Senior Center Services with the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center
  • Dr. Martin Wachs – professor emeritus of urban and regional planning at both UC Los Angeles and UC Berkeley, as well former Director of the Transportation, Space, and Technology Program at the RAND Corporation

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