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I Knew It Was Coming

I knew it was coming, but still as a Black woman who has lived most of my life under the assumption that the right to…

June 24, 2022

Lessons Learned During the Pandemic

Looking back at the last two years, there’s no denying that these have been incredibly difficult times – times that compelled us to change the…

June 22, 2022

How We Can Stem the Rising Tide of Gun Violence

Twenty-three years ago, I vividly recall watching teenagers my age running from school buildings and jumping out of broken windows in terror. I was a…

June 1, 2022

To Reduce Gun Violence, Start At the Local Level

Credit: iStock This op-ed first appeared in The tragic Sacramento shooting on April 3 that claimed six lives joins…

April 27, 2022

Giving More When People Need Us Most

Why We Support Efforts to Reform Philanthropy  By Richard Tate and Stephanie Gomez The devastating economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted…

February 24, 2022

Why We Should Rethink Credit Checks for Job Candidates

Credit: Getty Images   This article first appeared in The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Like many grant makers, the California Wellness Foundation strives…

February 10, 2022

How to Center Communities When Creating Anti-Violence Strategies

United Playaz)’> Photo credit: Paulino Love, Open Line Media (Courtesy United Playaz)   If you’ve paid attention to the news lately, you’ve probably seen…

January 28, 2022

Showing Up for California Communities in 2022

Credit: Shutterstock’> Credit: Shutterstock It’s hard to believe that 2021 is almost over. The past few years have been tumultuous indeed. COVID-19 exposed the fragility…

December 17, 2021

Creating a Diverse Board Isn’t Easy, But It’s Well Worth the Effort

  This op-ed originally appeared at on 11/2/2021 During meetings with my fellow board members at the California Wellness Foundation, I often find…

November 3, 2021

How to Help Bridge Our Wealth and Income Gap

  I remember when I first realized the gulf that separates humankind based on income and wealth. I was sitting in the backseat of my…

September 21, 2021
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