CBI recognizes that communities are not professional organizations. While a certain amount of training is required to increase knowledge and build skill, CBI invests in experiential Learning approaches or “learning by doing.”
CBI employs Coaches and an information development (ID) team to engage community members in hands-on experience and reflection that connects theory and knowledge to real-world situations. The CBI support team provides training and skill development but focuses more on community development. They do so in the context of the unique environmental, social, historical, and political realities of a community.
Amy Huang is the Fund’s Program Officer, working closely with community organizations, local leaders, health officials and others to determine local needs and opportunities for investments that align with the Fund’s priority areas. Amy helps ensure nonprofits across the Providence system serve their constituencies and have a sustainable presence in the community. Amy is a seasoned social work practitioner with a deep commitment to social justice and equity. She draws on her rich experience working with nonprofit organizations, local government and philanthropic organizations when partnering with communities to build coalitions and local capacity.
Growing up in a Mexican immigrant household, Christian recognized the impacts of social and political disparities firsthand. Christian attained bachelor’s degrees from Cal State Long Beach in Criminal Justice and Chican@ and Latin@ Studies where he began exploring community development projects that led him to University of California, Irvine where he graduated with a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning. For the last 10 years, Christian has coached many CBI neighborhoods across the region to build capacities to identify upstream issues, design strategic solutions, and launch resident-led policy action to improve conditions in their community.
As the Information Development lead for CBI, Dennis Rose supports coaches and residents in their efforts to tell their stories and document change in their communities. He completed his doctoral work in philosophy at Marquette University. Dennis taught professional ethics and evaluation courses and served in California State government before forming Dennis Rose & Associates to deliver information development and program evaluation support to government, philanthropic and community-based efforts. He now focuses on collaborative/participatory evaluation and building clients’ capacities to develop and share information to advance their community goals.
Gabriela Robles is president and chief executive of the Fund, defining the strategic direction of the Fund’s grant programs and initiatives. Gabriela leads the team to embody the Fund’s mission to ensure communities are lively, hopeful, healthy, and just. With more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including extensive experience in community health programs, Gabriela holds the institutional knowledge and passion for equity needed to effectively address the greatest needs in our community.
Jason Lacsamana is the Director of Programs and Partnerships for the Fund. Jason designs, implements, and supervises innovative initiatives that positively impact health, with the aim of equity and justice in communities. This requires the creation of meaningful partnerships with community organizations and institutions and re-envisions the role of a Funder as a collaborator. With over 20 years in both the nonprofit and philanthropic fields, he is dedicated to efforts that build community capacity, allowing organizations, neighborhoods, and diverse partnerships to become more stable, self-sustaining, and better advocates for regional needs.
Jawara McDuffie is [TITLE] at CBI. Jawara supports communities in the Pacific Northwest to realize, build, and utilize their power to effect change by addressing upstream issues associated with homelessness, education access, and youth incarceration. He believes any challenges communities face are not individual, but rather systemic issues requiring a different approach that get at root causes. He is a social worker, community organizer, policy advocate, and political strategist who has spent the past 20 years supporting youth and families in their efforts to change unfavorable conditions in their lives.
As the CBI lead, Kelly Elder directly supports and supervises the Coaching Team and provides administrative oversight of the multi-state Initiative. Kelly’s areas of expertise include strategic planning, program design, health policy, and facilitation of upstream approaches to promoting health. Her professional interests lie in the areas of local power building, social justice, asset-based community development, and health policy. She is passionate about the power of the community voice and has spent 20 years working to promote wellbeing at the intersections of relationships, environments, and justice.
Stephanie Vida Pazarin resides in the Inland Empire region in Southern California. Originally from the border town of San Diego, California, she moved to the Inland Empire to study Political Science and History at the University of California, Riverside. She has worked at various not for profit organizations managing programs that support families and youth in underserved communities. Most recently, Vida’s focus is to work with residents in disinvested neighborhoods to build local capacity that leads to more equitable systems and neighborhood investments, believing that education and economic empowerment are the key drivers to a healthy society.