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Cole’s Fund: Building New Opportunities

In this tumultuous year, there are so many nonprofit organizations doing direct service work who are facing severe financial hardship. Working for Cal Wellness, I…

December 16, 2020

Becoming an Authentic Leader: A Conversation with Christine Essel and Judy Belk

Judy Belk discusses her personal philosophy on leadership and the skills needed to be an authentic leader.

November 20, 2020

Better Days Ahead

As I write this, I’m on a natural high of sorts, enjoying one of my better days in recent weeks. Although contested, the winner of…

November 12, 2020

Every Vote Counts

Voting day has passed. Communities turned out to vote in record numbers – from mail-in voting, to early in-person voting, to day-of voting. Many institutions…

November 5, 2020

Gun Violence Prevention as an Integral Part of Community Revitalization

Economic development and neighborhood safety cannot succeed unless gun violence is addressed in communities.

September 15, 2020

My Parents Were Essential Workers — And They Were Treated Like It

Joe Lumarda, Board Chair This piece originally appeared in The Los Angeles Times on August 23, 2020. Cal Wellness Board Chair Joe Lumarda in…

September 2, 2020

In This Moment, We Must Be More Than Allies

This piece originally appeared on on July 22, 2020. I have spent the last few weeks and months feeling overwhelmed, angry, and —…

July 29, 2020

Why the Curb-Cut Effect is Key to Beating COVID-19

  This piece was originally published on July 1, 2020, on PolicyLink’s website. (Download the full blog here.) Many…

July 13, 2020

Healing Self, Communities, Generations

Photo by Nedra Ginwright, Flourish Agenda. Cal Wellness grantee Flourish Agenda offers services for youth and youth-focused professionals.   I am a community servant. But…

July 13, 2020

Perpetual Wounds

This is excerpted from Alex M. Johnson’s piece originally published at I was nine when I was…

June 3, 2020
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