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Cross-Sector Movement Building

  • Sobrato Center for Nonprofits, Redwood Shores Shoreway Conference Room 350 Twin Dolphin Drive Redwood City, CA, 94065 United States (map)

Cross-Sector Movement Building: Policy Agendas as Roadmaps for Change

Join us for a special Thrive Community Forum where we bring together nonprofit, public sector, and corporate leaders to discuss cross-sector movement building.

We'll open our morning with a panel of experts to discuss how they work cross-sector to create change in the policy arena and beyond. This incredible panel will include:

  • Connie Juarez-Diroll, Legislative Officer, County of San Mateo

  • Jan Masaoka, CEO, CalNonprofits

  • Rebecca Prozan, Head of Public Affairs, California, Google

  • Melissa Breach, Executive Director, League of Women Voters of California

The second half of this session builds on last year's Alliance for Justice Bolder Advocacy training. We bring back that event's co-hosts Rise Together and United Way Bay Area to put into the practice of crafting policy agendas. This will be a great opportunity to delve deep into the most pressing issues - ranging from children and education to immigrant and worker's rights. Join us to bring this cross-sector work to the next level right here in San Mateo County!


8:30 am Breakfast & Registration
9:00 am Welcome & Overview
9:15 am Cross-Sector Movement Building Panel
10:15 am Policy Agendas as Roadmaps Workshop with United Way & Rise Together
10:45 am TAG BreakOuts
11:30 am Report Back from TAG Groups
11:50 am - 12:00 pm Close & Next Steps

Cross-Sector Movement Building Panel

Our esteemed panelists will provide specific examples of their policy work across sectors and share behind the scenes information about challenges they encountered along the way.


Connie Juarez-Diroll, Legislative Officer
County of San Mateo

As Legislative Director, Connie Juarez-Diroll leads federal and state intergovernmental activities, directs the County’s advocacy teams, develops policy and programmatic analysis for the Board of Supervisors, and works on special projects.


Jan Masaoka, CEO

As CEO, Jan sets the strategic direction for CalNonprofits and its more than 10,000 members. Jan has extensive nonprofit experience, including as the executive director of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services for 14 years. She is a leading writer, thinker, and speaker on nonprofit organizations with particular emphasis on boards of directors, business planning, and the role of nonprofits in society.

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Rebecca Prozan, Head of Public Affairs, California

As the Head of Public Affairs for Google in California, Rebecca serves as a senior liaison to all local government and community entities throughout twelve Google offices in the Golden State. Rebecca's position at Google pivots her to the private sector and enables her to work on positive partnerships with a new lens. Throughout her career, Rebecca has become known as an effective civic leader and tireless advocate for the issues she believes in.


Melissa Breach, Executive Director
League of Women Voters of California

Melissa has over 15 years of service in nonprofit leadership brings significant experience as a nonprofit strategist. She is a skilled consultant and trainer on the issues of governance, organizational sustainability, and change facilitation.


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Georgia Antonopoulos, Executive Director

Georgia Antonopoulos is Executive Director of Thrive, The Alliance of Nonprofits for San Mateo County, a robust, trusted network of nonprofit organizations, businesses, government agencies, elected officials and civic leaders. Born and raised in Boston, she was a founding board member for the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network and she served on the Allocations Committee for the United Way of Greater Plymouth County for seven years. Here in the Bay Area, she serves as an advisor for the SF Urban Film Fest, on the Advisory Council for Gatepath, and as part of Power of 9 for Rise Together.

Policy Agendas as Roadmaps Workshop

Get hands-on experience crafting policy agenda within and across sectors to address the most pressing local issues. Our policy experts from United Way Bay Area and Rise Together will guide you along the way, inspire with their successes, and share some practical tips and tricks that can help you make your voice heard.


William White, Director of Policy and Government Affairs
United Way Bay Area

William develops and leads UWBA's public policy and advocacy work on issues of poverty, health, housing, food security and tax policy.

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Megan Joseph, Executive Director
Rise Together

Megan is a leadership development, community organizing and policy professional with over 15 years of experience in cross-sector community organizing for sustainable change and measurable results.

General Public: $40

Thrive Members: Free