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. Johnson

BOARD TREASURER, Wealth Architects, LLC, Chief Executive Officer

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

Farella Braun + Martel LLP, Partner

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 

Jeanie and Josh Bertman

Philanthropist, Partner, Brevan Howard U.S. Investment Management

Austin Beutner

Former Publisher and Chief Executive at the LA Times

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

Zac Guevara

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

Susan Hanson

Educational Research & Program Evaluation

Crystal Hayling

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

Denise McCain-Tharnstrom

Founding member and Public Policy Chair of 
Everychild Foundation

Becky Morgan

Former Senator and Philanthropist

Jamie Myers

COO of PBS SoCal

Erik Oberholtzer

Co-founder and CEO, Tender Greens

Cruz Reynoso

Former California Supreme Court Justice

Brian Rogers

Rogers Family Foundation

Tamara and Kevin Rowland

Private Investors

Sherri R. Sager

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

Susan True

Director, Education Strategy & Ventures, 
Kenneth Rainin Foundation

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

The Atlantic Philanthropies

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Blue Shield of California Foundation

Broadcom Foundation
California Community Foundation

The California Endowment

The California Wellness Foundation

California Education Philanthropy Foundation

Charles & Helen Schwab Foundation


Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

The David & Lucile Packard Foundation


The Dirk & Charlene Kabcenell Foundation

East Bay Community Foundation

Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr. Fund

First 5 Los Angeles

Heising-Simons Foundation

Hurlbut-Johnson Fund

The James Irvine Foundation
Kaiser Permanente
The Louis L. Borick Foundation

Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health

Marguerite Casey Foundation

May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust

Morgan Family Foundation

Pritzker Foster Care Initiative

The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

Rosenberg Foundation

Samueli Foundation

S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

Sierra Health Foundation

Silver Giving Foundation

Stuart Foundation

Thomas J. Long Foundation

Tikun Olam Foundation

The Walter S. Johnson Foundation

The Walton Family Foundation

Westly Foundation

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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