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Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PST)

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Have you ever wanted to work at a nonprofit? Are you curious about making a career switch? We know that so many young professionals who want to align their personal values with their professional work, but have no idea where to start. Join YCore, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and Foundation Center West to learn from professionals who recently made the switch from the private sector to the foundation and nonprofit spaces. We'll be convening a panel and offering breakout sessions to give you a chance to ask lots of questions. 

Drinks will be provided.



Ashley Clark is the Director of Grantee Impact & Strategic Initiatives at Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund – SV2. Ashley leads SV2’s capacity building efforts with Grantees and Impact Investees and, more recently, leads some of SV2’s collaborative grantmaking activities. Prior to her transition to the nonprofit sector, Ashley ran operations at, a mid-stage consumer tech startup. She also spent time in marketing at Procter & Gamble and Sun Products where she worked to reinvigorate several household brands. Ashley began her career as an analyst in asset and wealth management at JPMorganChase.  Ashley has a B.A. in Economics from Spelman College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, her four year-old son, and her dog.

A Bay Area native and an unabashed housing warrior—Nicole Linder currently works as the Senior Asset Manager at Community Housing Partnership (CHP), a non-profit in San Francisco committed to providing quality housing and comprehensive services to assist formerly homeless with rebuilding their lives. In her role, Nicole oversees a $200 million dollar portfolio of supportive housing units which support over 1200 of San Francisco’s formerly homeless population. Nicole’s passion for equitable housing has spanned her entire career. For six years, Nicole worked throughout underserved neighborhoods in Los Angeles as a Realtor and an advocate for residents facing foreclosure. She successfully stood up to big banks to relieve millions of mortgage debt from low-income residents. She currently holds her California broker’s license and sits on the board of the San Francisco Community Land Trust.

Arzina Karimi has a deep conviction that social change and creating profit aren't mutually exclusive. She graduated with a degree in Psychology from UC San Diego, and her passion has always been to work with marginalized communities who deserve the dignity they were rightfully born with. After kicking off her career at Facebook and wanting to work in a field that spoke closer to her personal mission, she discovered the ProInspire Fellowship and made the switch to the social sector as a year-long fellow. She worked as an impact analyst for Compass Family Services, where she assessed impact and outcomes of San Francisco's homeless families. Currently, she works on the Impact team at Samaschool, the first and only nonprofit focused on equipping people to earn a living wage through independent work. Samaschool also serves as a thought leader of the rapidly evolving gig (independent) economy. In her down time, you can find Arzina sipping on tea while reading a book, or discovering new places in her favorite San Francisco neighborhood.

Sidney Griffin recently joined United Way Bay Area as their Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to joining UWBA, he was at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, where for the past five years he served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications. Sidney was responsible for leading the strategic direction for all marketing functions for SVCF, including the development and implementation of PR, advertising, branding and digital and social media activities. Before joining SVCF, Sidney was vice president of community marketing for 24 Hour Fitness, where he oversaw community-based marketing initiatives and outreach. Additional roles at 24 Hour Fitness included vice president of business development, where he led the corporate and healthcare sales channels, and senior director of partnership and field marketing, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of marketing strategies related to sports, entertainment and strategic brand partnerships. Prior to 24 Hour Fitness, Sidney was director of community relations for the San Francisco 49ers. Griffin also worked as a director of marketing communications for Visa USA, Inc., and has held corporate marketing roles with leading technology and consumer product companies in the Bay Area, including Palm, Inc., Silicon Graphics (SGI) and Eastman Kodak. A Bay Area native of San Francisco and Fremont, Calif., Sidney has a bachelor of arts degree in speech-communication from San José State University and currently resides in Hayward, California with his wife, Audrey and their two children, Kira and Miles.



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YCore is a social impact bootcamp for young professionals. Impact your community, gain hands-on nonprofit experience, grow professionally and expand your network while building your impact toolbox--all outside of work. 

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) empowers emerging leaders and elevates philanthropic practice in order to build a more just, equitable and sustainable world.

Foundation Center's mission is to strengthen the social sector by advancing knowledge about philanthropy in the U.S. and around the world. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed.

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Google Community Space
188 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PST)

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YCore is a social impact bootcamp for young professionals. Impact your community, gain hands-on nonprofit experience, grow professionally and expand your network while building your impact toolbox--all outside of work.

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