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The Grants Program Department leads the Foundation’s grantmaking and public policy efforts to improve the health and wellness of Californians. The department also leads the Foundation’s internal evaluation and organizational learning activities.


 

Fatima Angeles,
Vice President of Programs

Fatima Angeles is vice president of programs at The California Wellness Foundation. She is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Grants Program Department, which includes oversight of Cal Wellness’ grantmaking. She was appointed to her current position in July 2014, after serving as interim vice president for 11 months.

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Fatima Angeles is vice president of programs at The California Wellness Foundation. She is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Grants Program Department, which includes oversight of Cal Wellness’ grantmaking. She was appointed to her current position in July 2014, after serving as interim vice president for 11 months.

Angeles joined Cal Wellness as a program director in February 1998 and became the director of evaluation and organizational learning in 2006. Before joining Cal Wellness, she was a program associate at the Hasbro Children’s Foundation in New York City and an advisory committee member for Cal Wellness’ Children and Youth Community Health Initiative. Angeles’ other philanthropic experience includes work with The Commonwealth Fund and the corporate philanthropy program of Pfizer Inc. She also served as a senior research assistant for a one-year evaluation of the National/Regional Minority Organization initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Angeles has experience working with adolescents in San Francisco, where she served as director of the South of Market Teen Center and project coordinator for Asian American Communities Against AIDS.

Angeles has served as vice chair of the board of Grantmakers In Health and as secretary of the board of Northern California Grantmakers. She was also on the funding board of the Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund, which works to support and build the capacity of small, grassroots environmental groups. Other leadership roles have included chair of the board of the Asian and Pacific Islander Health Forum, and board member of the Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center and of Funders Concerned About AIDS.

She earned her master’s degree in public health from Columbia University and her bachelor’s degree in biology, with a minor in Asian American Studies, from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Stephanie Corpuz,
Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Programs

Stephanie Corpuz is executive assistant to the vice president of programs, where she coordinates administrative activities for the Grants Program Department and assists with various administrative functions to ensure the achievement of the Foundation’s mission and goals.

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Stephanie Corpuz is executive assistant to the vice president of programs, where she coordinates administrative activities for the Grants Program Department and assists with various administrative functions to ensure the achievement of the Foundation’s mission and goals.

She joined the Foundation in January 2015. Previously, she was a receptionist at Kaiser Permanente Fresno Medical Center’s rehabilitation services department.

Corpuz holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of California, Merced. At UC Merced, she cofounded the Pilipino American Alliance, a student-run organization.

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Crystal D. Crawford,
Program Director

Crystal D. Crawford is a program director at The California Wellness Foundation where she currently manages grantmaking related to diversity in the health professions; women of color at risk for, or living with, HIV, AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections; and employment for women who have been incarcerated. Her responsibilities include reviewing letters of interest, requesting and evaluating grant proposals, conducting site visits, making funding recommendations and monitoring active grants.

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Crystal D. Crawford is a program director at The California Wellness Foundation where she currently manages grantmaking related to diversity in the health professions; women of color at risk for, or living with, HIV, AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections; and employment for women who have been incarcerated. Her responsibilities include reviewing letters of interest, requesting and evaluating grant proposals, conducting site visits, making funding recommendations and monitoring active grants.

Prior to joining Cal Wellness in August 2012, Crawford was CEO of the California Black Women’s Health Project (CABWHP), the only statewide organization solely devoted to improving the health of California’s black women and girls through policy, advocacy, education and outreach. Prior to her role as CEO, she was CABWHP’s director of public policy. Before working in the nonprofit, public interest sector, Crawford was a litigation associate with nationally renowned corporate law firms in Los Angeles, Boston and New York, as well as a public school teacher.

Crawford is actively involved in the leadership of numerous civic and community organizations. She serves as vice chairperson of the Los Angeles County Public Health Commission and as a member of the Women’s Health Policy Council for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Office of Women’s Health. She served on the executive committee of the Women’s Health Council of the statewide Office of Women’s Health (OWH) until its elimination in July 2012. She serves on the board of the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy at Dartmouth, which provides students with public policy and leadership development, academic instruction, training opportunities and internships. She is also an officer of her church in Inglewood, where she directs the provision of $50,000 annually in college scholarships to youth and young adults in South Los Angeles. In 1997, she founded and continues to direct College Conquerors, her church’s undergraduate pipeline program that provides youth with college preparation and counseling services. She previously served on the boards of the Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth College, Health Access California and SisterSong and on the advisory council for the California Breast Cancer Research Program.

Crawford is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2009 Advocates’ Award from the Western Center on Law and Poverty and the 2012 PowerPAC Award from the Los Angeles African American Women’s Political Action Committee.

Originally from Harlem, New York, Crawford earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Dartmouth College and law degree from New York University School of Law. She is admitted to the bar in California, New York and New Jersey.

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Jeffrey S. Kim,
Program Director

Jeffrey S. Kim is a program director at The California Wellness Foundation where he currently manages grantmaking related to improving oral health care for low-income adults and seniors, and increasing educational opportunities for resilient youth. His responsibilities include reviewing letters of interest, requesting and evaluating grant proposals, conducting site visits, making funding recommendations and monitoring active grants.

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Jeffrey S. Kim is a program director at The California Wellness Foundation where he currently manages grantmaking related to improving oral health care for low-income adults and seniors, and increasing educational opportunities for resilient youth. His responsibilities include reviewing letters of interest, requesting and evaluating grant proposals, conducting site visits, making funding recommendations and monitoring active grants.

Prior to joining Cal Wellness in April 2005, Kim was associate director of development for the National Conference for Community and Justice – Los Angeles Region. Before that, he worked for the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center as deputy director for the legal services department.

Kim was appointed by the speaker of the California State Assembly to the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs and currently is the commission’s treasurer. Previously, he served on the board of directors of Grantmakers In Aging. Kim is a member of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and formerly served on the steering committee of its Los Angeles chapter.

A member of the State Bar of California, Kim earned his law degree from the University of Michigan and his bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale University.

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Daniel Sanjines,
Program Assistant

Daniel Sanjines is a program assistant at The California Wellness Foundation where he provides program and administrative support related to grantmaking in improving oral health care for low-income adults and seniors, and increasing educational opportunities for resilient youth. His responsibilities include maintaining grantees’ files, acting as a liaison between grantees and the program director, and assisting with the grants management process.

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Daniel Sanjines is a program assistant at The California Wellness Foundation where he provides program and administrative support related to grantmaking in improving oral health care for low-income adults and seniors, and increasing educational opportunities for resilient youth. His responsibilities include maintaining grantees’ files, acting as a liaison between grantees and the program director, and assisting with the grants management process.

Prior to joining Cal Wellness in July 2015, he worked with Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) Beyond the Bell Youth Services program for nine years. He held the position of traveling program supervisor, where he was responsible for onsite safety and program compliance with federal, state and local regulations. He also took on special assignments in LAUSD’s Foster Care Youth Outreach Program.

For the past three years he has volunteered at the DASH Center (Domestic Abuse Self Help Center) at Van Nuys Courthouse, where he utilizes his bilingual skills to assist litigants requesting restraining orders. He is also a volunteer football coach at James Monroe High School. Sanjines earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from California State University, Northridge with an option in criminology and criminal justice.

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Earl Lui,
Program Director

Earl Lui is a program director at The California Wellness Foundation where he currently manages grantmaking related to strengthening community clinics and safety-net partners, and fostering healthy environments. His responsibilities include reviewing letters of interest, requesting and evaluating grant proposals, conducting site visits, making funding recommendations and monitoring active grants.

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Earl Lui is a program director at The California Wellness Foundation where he currently manages grantmaking related to strengthening community clinics and safety-net partners, and fostering healthy environments. His responsibilities include reviewing letters of interest, requesting and evaluating grant proposals, conducting site visits, making funding recommendations and monitoring active grants.

Prior to joining Cal Wellness in December 2006, Lui was senior attorney at Consumers Union’s West Coast office in San Francisco, focusing on health care advocacy. He also worked for Consumers Union on financial services advocacy. Prior to that, he was an associate trainer for Coro Northern California, a leadership training program; a staff attorney for Public Advocates, Inc.; and an associate with the law firm of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro. Lui is currently cochair of the steering committee for the Health and Environmental Funders Network.

A member of the State Bar of California, he earned his law degree from the University of Michigan and his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Earl Lui’s blog is available here.

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Angelica Robles,
Program Assistant

Angelica Robles is a program assistant at The California Wellness Foundation where she provides program and administrative support related to grantmaking in strengthening community clinics and safety-net partners, and fostering healthy environments. Her responsibilities include maintaining grantees’ files, acting as a liaison between grantees and the program director, and assisting with the grants management process.

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Angelica Robles is a program assistant at The California Wellness Foundation where she provides program and administrative support related to grantmaking in strengthening community clinics and safety-net partners, and fostering healthy environments. Her responsibilities include maintaining grantees’ files, acting as a liaison between grantees and the program director, and assisting with the grants management process.

Prior to joining Cal Wellness in March 2011, she was an administrative assistant at First Allied Securities, an independent broker and dealer based in San Diego. She also previously volunteered at a preschool in a township in Cape Town, South Africa.

Robles earned a bachelor’s degree in global studies, with a minor in global peace and security, from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Lauri Green,
Program Assistant

Lauri Green is a program assistant at The California Wellness Foundation where she provides program and administrative support related to grantmaking for violence prevention, leadership development, capacity building and innovation.

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Lauri Green is a program assistant at The California Wellness Foundation where she provides program and administrative support related to grantmaking for violence prevention, leadership development, capacity building and innovation.

Before joining Cal Wellness in July 2006, she was an executive assistant at Community Coalition, a nonprofit organization based in South Los Angeles, which provides preventative community-centered solutions to address the root causes that fueled crime, addiction, and violence in the community.

Green is a member of Southern California Blacks in Philanthropy. She is also a registered tax preparer with the California Tax Education Council and a certified event planner.

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Padmini Parthasarathy,
Program Director

Padmini Parthasarathy is a program director at The California Wellness Foundation where she currently manages grantmaking related to advancing health care reform and the Affordable Care Act, and promoting employment and asset-building opportunities. Her responsibilities include reviewing letters of interest, requesting and evaluating grant proposals, conducting site visits, making funding recommendations and monitoring active grants.

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Padmini Parthasarathy is a program director at The California Wellness Foundation where she currently manages grantmaking related to advancing health care reform and the Affordable Care Act, and promoting employment and asset-building opportunities. Her responsibilities include reviewing letters of interest, requesting and evaluating grant proposals, conducting site visits, making funding recommendations and monitoring active grants.

Prior to joining Cal Wellness in January 2014, she was a program manager for Kaiser Permanente’s National Community Benefit Department where she directed grants that addressed community health through policy, systems and environmental change strategies. She also managed Kaiser Permanente’s nationwide Community Health Needs Assessment process and supported the execution of the national Obesity Prevention and Treatment initiative. Prior to working at Kaiser Permanente, Parthasarathy worked for Contra Costa Health Services’ Family, Maternal and Child Health Programs where she coordinated the Life Course Initiative, managing the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Building Economic Security Today project. She also oversaw a variety of projects related to perinatal health, oral health, adolescent health and access to care.

Active in her community, Parthasarathy chairs the board of the Greater San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and serves on the Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee of the March of Dimes, California Chapter.

Parthasarathy earned her master’s degree in public health, with an emphasis on maternal and child health, from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and social behavior, with a minor in sociology, from the University of California, Irvine.

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Michelle Chen,
Program Assistant

Michelle Chen is a program assistant at The California Wellness Foundation where she provides program and administrative support related to grantmaking for advancing health care reform and the Affordable Care Act, and promoting employment and asset-building opportunities. Her responsibilities include maintaining grantees’ files, acting as a liaison between grantees and the program director, and assisting with the grants management process.

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Michelle Chen is a program assistant at The California Wellness Foundation where she provides program and administrative support related to grantmaking for advancing health care reform and the Affordable Care Act, and promoting employment and asset-building opportunities. Her responsibilities include maintaining grantees’ files, acting as a liaison between grantees and the program director, and assisting with the grants management process.

Prior to joining Cal Wellness in September 2014, Chen was a program assistant for the senior nutrition program at Spectrum Community Services where she provided program and administrative support to help carry out the organization’s senior meals program throughout Alameda County. Concurrently, she worked as a health screening counselor for BaySport Inc. where she delivered brief one-on-one consultations regarding various biomarkers to help individuals achieve lifestyle goals and facilitate a healthier company culture.

Chen earned her bachelor’s degree in clinical nutrition from the University of California, Davis.

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Tina Eshaghpour,
Director of Organizational Learning and Evaluation

Tina Eshaghpour is the director of organizational learning and evaluation at The California Wellness Foundation. In this role, Eshaghpour is responsible for fostering a culture of continual learning, improvement and innovation. She works with fellow staff members to enhance grantmaking practices and strengthen Cal Wellness’ impact in communities across California.

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Tina Eshaghpour is the director of organizational learning and evaluation at The California Wellness Foundation. In this role, Eshaghpour is responsible for fostering a culture of continual learning, improvement and innovation. She works with fellow staff members to enhance grantmaking practices and strengthen Cal Wellness’ impact in communities across California.

Prior to joining Cal Wellness in April 2016, Eshaghpour directed her own philanthropic and nonprofit consulting practice for nearly six years, specializing in helping foundations bridge the gap between philanthropy and underserved populations. In her consulting role, she provided strategic guidance, conducted research and evaluation, led grantmaking, built collaborative initiatives, delivered technical assistance and guided program development. From 2002 to 2010, Eshaghpour led the Women’s Foundation of California’s environmental health and justice program and spearheaded its grantmaking and capacity-building work. She also pioneered efforts to increase awareness and funding to support the health of low-income families and agricultural workers in California’s Central Valley.  Prior to that, she served as the vice president of Nakatomi and Associates.

Currently, Eshaghpour is board chair of the Center for Environmental Health, a board member of the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment and founder of Green Argonne. She is a past steering committee member of the Health and Environmental Funders Network and a past board member of DiversityWorks. She also completed the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs in Southern California.

Eshaghpour holds bachelor’s degrees in communications and psychology and a master’s degree in public health from UCLA. She has lived in California since emigrating to the U.S. from Iran in 1979 and is based in Cal Wellness’ San Francisco office.

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Jamie Schenker,
Evaluation Officer

Jamie N. Schenker is an evaluation officer at The California Wellness Foundation. In this capacity, she manages the Foundation‘s program assessment and evaluation functions, provides consultation to program staff on evaluation issues, and develops programs to promote learning in those areas.

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Jamie N. Schenker is an evaluation officer at The California Wellness Foundation. In this capacity, she manages the Foundation‘s program assessment and evaluation functions, provides consultation to program staff on evaluation issues, and develops programs to promote learning in those areas.

Prior to joining Cal Wellness in September 2013, she was a program specialist in the area of collaborative philanthropy at Northern California Grantmakers (NCG), where she managed two loan programs for nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area. Before her time at NCG, she was a program assistant at Cal Wellness working on organizational learning and evaluation. She also served as a project manager at Abundantia Consulting, where she led evaluation projects for nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.

Schenker is a member of the steering committee of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy’s Bay Area chapter and was previously a cochair. She earned her master’s degree in public administration and her bachelor’s degree in sociology from San Francisco State University.

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Niki Savage,
Program Associate

Niki Savage is a program associate at The California Wellness Foundation, where she supports the director of organizational learning and the Grants Program Department in knowledge-building activities that inform grantmaking. Her responsibilities include tracking program indicators, assisting with evaluation processes, and gathering and analyzing research relevant to grantmaking priorities.

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Niki Savage is a program associate at The California Wellness Foundation, where she supports the director of organizational learning and the Grants Program Department in knowledge-building activities that inform grantmaking. Her responsibilities include tracking program indicators, assisting with evaluation processes, and gathering and analyzing research relevant to grantmaking priorities.

Savage joined the Foundation in February 2017. She was previously a program research assistant at University of San Francisco, where she researched funding for projects such as programs for low-income youth, incarcerated individuals and foster youth. Prior to that, she worked as a special education teacher at Yick Wo Elementary School in San Francisco and as a program associate for Hospitality House, a program for low-income and homeless individuals in the Tenderloin District.

In 2015, Savage co-founded The Handsome Ladies, an organization that supports women in music, and currently serves as chair of its program committee. She holds a master’s degree in special education from San Francisco State University and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from UC Berkeley.

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Patty Gómez-Delucchi,
Office Services Coordinator

Patty Gómez-Delucchi is an office services coordinator at The California Wellness Foundation. Based in the San Francisco office, she ensures the smooth operation of office and administrative functions including directing calls and planning meetings. She also serves as the office’s liaison for the information technology team, and she is the direct contact to the office building’s property management team.

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Patty Gómez-Delucchi is an office services coordinator at The California Wellness Foundation. Based in the San Francisco office, she ensures the smooth operation of office and administrative functions including directing calls and planning meetings. She also serves as the office’s liaison for the information technology team, and she is the direct contact to the office building’s property management team.

Gómez-Delucchi rejoined the Foundation in March 2009, after having worked at Cal Wellness from 1999 to 2004. Prior to her return, Gómez-Delucchi worked at her family’s business, Paul’s Flowers, and was also a senior administrative associate at Genentech, Inc.

She earned an associate’s degree in liberal studies from Skyline College in San Bruno, Calif.

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Guided by our mission, we pursue the following goals through our grantmaking:

  • To address the particular health needs of traditionally underserved populations, including low-income individuals, people of color, youth and residents of rural areas.
  • To support and strengthen nonprofit organizations that seek to improve the health of underserved populations.
  • To recognize and encourage leaders who are working to increase health and wellness within their communities.
  • To inform policymakers and opinion leaders about important wellness and health care issues.

Mission

The mission of The California Wellness Foundation is to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention.


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