National, state, and local research, policy and advocacy to improve the lives of kids

Both individual and organization members are important to the collective impact of The Children's Movement of California. No matter how you sign up, you'll get all the Movement has to offer. But if you can, please join as an organization.

Join The Children's Movement of California!

Joining simply means being identified as "Pro-Kid" and wanting children prioritized in state policymaking. You'll also receive updates and information about key kids' issues and campaigns.

Joining as an Organization?

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Board of Directors

Lenny Mendonca

BOARD CHAIR, McKinsey & Company, Senior Partner Emeritus, San Francisco

Jane Gardner

BOARD CHAIR EMERITUS, Harbour Strategic Consulting, Partner

John Garcia

BOARD VICE CHAIR, Kaiser Permanente, Vice President, Government Relations

Mark T. Johnsen

BOARD TREASURER, Wealth Architects, LLC, Chief Executive Officer

Denise McCain-Tharnstrom

Our Children LA, President/Founder

Nancy Murray

BOARD SECRETARY, Pillsbury Madison & Sutro LLP. Partner (Retired)

Donna Friedman Meir

WOW Explorations, Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Natasha Hoehn

Silver Giving Foundation, Executive Director

Gay Krause

Foothill College, Krause Center for Innovation, Executive Director

Jason Salzetti

Deloitte Consulting, Principal

Grace K. Won

Narrative Magazine, Publisher Director

Ted Lempert

Children Now, President

of Counsel

Holly Sutton, Farella Braun + Martel LLP


Leadership Council

Members of the Leadership Council support and contribute to a powerful, unified voice for kids dedicated to ensuring all California children reach their full potential.

Karen Alden

Early Learning Advocate
Board Member, Hope Street Group

Quincy Allen

Managing Partner at Arc Capital Partners LLC

Dede Alpert

Board member at the Girard Foundation;
Former State Senator

Maria Amundson & Elliot Krane

Stanford DCI Fellow
Chief of Pediatric Pain Management, Stanford Children's Health

Frank Baxter

Whittier Trust Company; Former United States
Ambassador to Uruguay

Nancy Berman

Philanthropist and Founding Director and
Director Emeritus of the Skirball Center 

Austin Beutner

Former Publisher and Chief Executive at the LA Times

Vernon Billy

CEO & Executive Director of the California School Board Association

Carla Bryant

Director, Education Strategy & Ventures at the Kenneth Rainin Foundation

Teresa Cisneros Burton & Sean Burton


Paula Carano


Julie Cates

Education Consultant, SV2 Member

David and Carla Crane

Former Special advisor to Governor Schwarzenegger
President and Co-Founder of Govern for California
Lecturer at Stanford University

George Dennis

Managing Director, Investment Management at Goldman Sachs

Steve and Sarah Deschenes

Philanthropists, Capital Group

Candis Duke

Chair, Policy & Activism Committee, Everychild Foundation
Member, Executive Board of Directors (ECF)
Member, Grant Screening Board (ECF) 
CEO, Peter and Candis Doerken Foundation

Alison Elliott

Board of Directors, SV2 

Judy Fishman


Bernadette Glenn

Executive Director of WHH Foundation

Adam Glick

Executive Vice President, Head of Business Affairs at Warner Bros. Television

Dawn and Jae Goodman

CASA Advocate and Board Member; CEO of Observatory, A Stagwell & CAA Company

Zac Guevara

Private Investor; Former Executive VP, 
Investment Analyst at Capital International Research, Inc. 

Susan Hanson

Educational Research & Program Evaluation

Crystal Hayling

President of the Libra Foundation
Former President and CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation

Lauren Johnson

Trustee of Liatis and Louis L. Borick Foundations

Chris Kanand

Analyst at Orbis Investment Management

Ann-Louise Kuhns

President & CEO
California Children's Hospital Association

Laura and Gary Lauder

Laura and Gary Lauder Venture Philanthropy Fund

Gavin MacElwee

Principal Success Specialist - Mobile Technologies at Salesforce

Becky Morgan

Former Senator and Philanthropist

Ross Pollack

Human Resources, Lionsgate Entertainment Corporation

Cruz Reynoso

Former California Supreme Court Justice

Tamara and Kevin Rowland

Private Investors

Sherri R. Sager

Chief Government and Community Relations Officer 
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford

Nadya Scott

Board Member of the Reissa Foundation

Dave Thomas

Associate, Global Investment Control at Capital Group

Mark Wilson

SV2 Director

Christina Zilber

Founder + Creative Director of Jouer Cosmetics


Children Now’s work is funded by the following foundations and organizations, as well as by individual contributions.

Alliance for Early Success

The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Broadcom Foundation
California Community Foundation

The California Endowment

The California Wellness Foundation

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation

Delta Dental Community Care Foundation

DentaQuest Foundation

The Dirk & Charlene Kabcenell Foundation

East Bay Community Foundation

Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr. Fund

First 5 Los Angeles

FIRST 5 Santa Clara

Genentech Corporate Giving

Goldhirsh Foundation

Heising-Simons Foundation

Hurlbut-Johnson Fund

The James Irvine Foundation

Kaiser Permanente


The Louis L. Borick Foundation
Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health
Marin Community Foundation

May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust

Microsoft Philanthropies

Morgan Family Foundation
Pacific Life Foundation

Pritzker Foster Care Initiative

The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

Reissa Foundation
S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
Sierra Health Foundation

Silver Giving Foundation

Stein Early Childhood Development Fund
Stuart Foundation

Thomas J. Long Foundation

Tikun Olam Foundation

The Walter S. Johnson Foundation

The Walton Family Foundation

W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation

Weingart Foundation

Westly Foundation

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Zellerbach Family Foundation


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