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Reflect, Respond, & Engage Part II: California and the National Trajectory

  • Mercy Center 2300 Adeline Drive Burlingame, CA, 94010 United States (map)

Reflect, Respond, & Engage Part II:  California and The National Trajectory

Thrive, The Alliance of Nonprofits for San Mateo County, in partnership with the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, will bring together local, state, and national leaders on March 3rd for part two of a series on civic engagement and what's next for California in light of the national trajectory. This event is a reconvening of the January 19th event, Reflect, Respond, and Engage: San Mateo County and The National Trajectory. For this first session, we convened over 100 individuals from diverse areas across the County to begin to develop a thoughtful framework for action going forward. At this follow up session, we will feature panelists both locally and from Sacramento and beyond to connect to statewide and national conversations. 

The goals of this event are to:

  • report back on group input and key learnings from the first convening 
  • create a space for our leaders to provide reflections on how the national landscape has impacted the local community since we last convened
  • present as many new facts as possible in a nonpartisan environment to inform local and statewide planning efforts for the foreseaable future
  • propose working groups and checklists for key action areas
  • reaffirm the political will and existing resources of our statewide network

Thrive & PCRC will serve as a nonpartisan convener/facilitator team to create space for dialogue. We continue to welcome multiple voices and perspectives to this conversation, and our panelists, speakers, and attendees reflect that. We will have expert facilitators present to engage everyone in attendance. 

Whether you joined us or missed us on January 19th, we highly encourage you attend and lend your voice to this critical stage of our ongoing discussion.




Assemblymember Kevin Mullin

Kevin Mullin was first elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2014 and 2016 to the California State Assembly representing the 22nd District in San Mateo County. On December 5, 2016 he was sworn in as Assembly Speaker pro Tempore for the 2016-17 legislative session. As the #2 officer in the Assembly, he continues his role as part of Speaker Anthony Rendon’s leadership team and presides regularly over Assembly floor sessions. Elections reform and strengthening our democracy is Kevin’s top legislative priority. His other legislative priorities focus on transportation infrastructure and congestion relief, affordable housing, economic opportunity for all, maintaining a balanced budget with a healthy rainy day fund, clean tech and nurturing our innovation economy as Chair of the Select Committee on Biotechnology and his membership in the Tech Caucus. Kevin served on the South San Francisco City Council from 2007 - 2012, serving as Mayor in 2011. His background also includes serving as district director for then-State Senator Jackie Speier (now Congresswoman) and as political director for his father, former State Assemblymember Gene Mullin. He lives in South San Francisco with his wife, Jessica Stanfill Mullin, and their rescue beagle, Sunshine.

Jan Masaoka, CEO of CalNonprofits

Jan Masaoka is CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), a statewide policy alliance of more than 10,000 nonprofits speaking to government, philanthropy, and the public at large. 

Prior to CalNonprofits, she served 14 years as executive director of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services in which position she was named Nonprofit Executive of the Year by Nonprofit Times. She is an eight-time designee as one of the "Fifty Most Influential" people in the nonprofit sector nationwide and was named California Community Leader of the Year by Leadership California. Her volunteer work includes serving as chair of Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center and founding chair of Community Initaitives; she currently serves on the board of MapLight and on the National Public Policy Committee of Independent Sector.

M. Stacey Hawver, Executive Director of Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County

M. Stacey Hawver, Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, has been a public interest lawyer for more than 20 years. A well known advocate on behalf of low-income residents of San Mateo County, Ms. Hawver has received the San Mateo County Women Lawyers Section’s Elinor Falvey Award for service to low income families and seniors and in 2013 was named by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of Silicon Valley’s Women of Influence. She recently served on San Mateo County’s Closing the Jobs/Housing Gap Task Force and Community Choice Energy Advisory Committee.

Ms. Hawver joined Legal Aid as a staff attorney in 1990 where she focused her efforts on administrative law. She also worked as a Directing Attorney before becoming the Executive Director in 2002. Ms. Hawver graduated first in her class from Stanford Law School. She also has a Masters Degree from the London School of Economics and an A.B. in Economics from Cornell University.

Ted Lempert, President of Children Now

Ted Lempert is the President of Children Now, a national research and advocacy organization based in Oakland. He is also a Lecturer in the Political Science Department at UC Berkeley. Previously, Mr. Lempert was the founding CEO of EdVoice, a California education reform organization.

Mr. Lempert was a California State Assembly member for eight years representing San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.  He served as chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee and co-chair of the Joint Committee to Develop a Master Plan for Education, and had more than 75 bills signed into law, including major policies in the areas of education, health care, children and families, tax policy and the environment. 

Megan Joseph, Executive Director of Rise Together

Megan Joseph is currently the Executive Director of Rise Together, a 9-county Bay Area initiative working to address poverty through policy advocacy and alignment and coordination of collective action across the region. Megan was previously the Director of Community Organizing for United Way of Santa Cruz County where she developed multiple county-wide initiatives using Results Based Accountability, addressing issues ranging from childhood obesity to youth violence prevention and criminal justice reform.  Megan also founded the Leadership for Community Transformation program with Dr. Monica Sharma which supported 300 Santa Cruz County leaders at all levels in the community to design and lead transformative and sustainable social change projects.  Megan earned her BA in Criminology, Law and Society from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, an MA in Consciousness and Transformative Studies from JFK University and an MA in Criminology, Law and Society from U.C. Irvine.


Michelle Vilchez, Executive Director, Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center

As Executive Director of PCRC, Michelle prides herself on her non-traditional non-profit leadership model, employing a leadership team to strategize and direct the course of the agency. Under her tenure as ED, she has doubled the budget and staffing of the organization.

Throughout her 16 years at PCRC her passion for community engagement has guided her work and helped PCRC become recognized as an organization that empowers people and builds relationships. She brings to this role extensive community engagement experience, from her work helping First 5 complete its strategic plan guided by community priorities, to co-authoring PCRC’s Community Engagement Resource Guide and helping to launch a violence prevention network and the Fatherhood Collaborative in San Mateo County.


Friday, March 3, 2017 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
8:30 - 9:00 - Registration and Networking
9:00 AM - Program Starts


Mercy Center
Sequoia Room, 1st Floor
2300 Adeline Dr, Burlingame, CA 94010
Tel: 650-340-7400

Parking:  FOREST PARKING LOT which is the first right turn after entering the main gate at Adeline Drive & Hoover Avenue.
Resources: Get Directions, Mercy Center Map


FREE - Thrive Members
$20.00 - Non-Members

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