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Grants Management Overview

The Grants Management Department oversees the online application process, grantmaking policies and procedures, the collection of data about grants, management of records and compliance with IRS regulations.


 

Laura Ascencio Real,
Senior Grants Management Assistant

Laura Ascencio Real is senior grants management assistant at The California Wellness Foundation where she administers the grantmaking process for all of Cal Wellness’ funding areas. Her responsibilities include coordinating and compiling materials for the quarterly Board books, as well as conducting quality control of reports generated by the grants management and grants program staff.

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Laura Ascencio Real is senior grants management assistant at The California Wellness Foundation where she administers the grantmaking process for all of Cal Wellness’ funding areas. Her responsibilities include coordinating and compiling materials for the quarterly Board books, as well as conducting quality control of reports generated by the grants management and grants program staff.

She joined Cal Wellness in September 2000 as grants management assistant. Prior to that, she was with Boys Scouts of America’s Western Los Angeles County Council where she oversaw and processed the donations made by individuals and companies.

Ascencio Real is a member of the Grants Managers Network. She earned her associate of arts degree from Los Angeles Mission College.

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Amber López Gamble,
Acting Director of Grants Management

Amber López Gamble is the grants manager at The California Wellness Foundation. She is responsible for ensuring that the grantmaking process serves grantees and potential grantees with the highest quality and for organizing data for the Foundation to evaluate and track progress toward its mission.

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Amber López Gamble is the grants manager at The California Wellness Foundation. She is responsible for ensuring that the grantmaking process serves grantees and potential grantees with the highest quality and for organizing data for the Foundation to evaluate and track progress toward its mission.

She joined Cal Wellness in September 2007 and has been a valuable team member as a program assistant, an executive assistant and a project manager until becoming grants manager in September 2016. Prior to joining Cal Wellness, López Gamble served at Four Bands Community Fund on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota, developing and teaching a course in entrepreneurship, as well as assisting small-business owners. She also worked as a program manager at the California Institute for Rural Studies.

López Gamble is a member of the Southern California Grantmakers Emerging Leader Peer-to-Peer Network, and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Los Angeles Chapter. She recently completed a certificate in project management from UCLA Extension, earned a bachelor’s degree in [international] development and cultural change from the University of the Pacific and studied abroad at international universities, including the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.

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Karen Wloch,
Grants Administrator

Karen Wloch is the grants administrator at The California Wellness Foundation where she oversees the processing of all grant requests, from initial letter of interest through processing and approval, with a special focus on internal and external policy compliance.

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Karen Wloch is the grants administrator at The California Wellness Foundation where she oversees the processing of all grant requests, from initial letter of interest through processing and approval, with a special focus on internal and external policy compliance.

Wloch has more than fifteen years of experience in public health with a focus on grantwriting, evaluation and research. Before joining the Foundation in October 2015, she worked as a grantwriter and project evaluator at a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization. Other previous experience includes coordinating health education programs, working on health policy adoption and implementation, conducting needs assessments and focus groups, and engaging in community organizing at community-based organizations.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in general biology with a minor in health care and social issues from the University of California, San Diego, and earned a master’s of public health degree from California State University, Northridge.

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