Partners, Advisors, Funders

Working with a highly knowledgeable and professional team of strategic thinkers who are fiercely passionate about the well being of our children and our future will not only help make the world a better place for Napa County’s children, but for children throughout California..
Napa County Funding the Next Generation Coordinator


Children’s Funding Project

Collaborating partner organizations

  • California Child Care Resource and Referral Network
  • California School-Age Consortium
  • Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice
  • Children Now
  • East Bay Asian Youth Center
  • Fairbank, Maullin, Maslin, Metz and Associates
  • 50+1 Strategies
  • First 5 Association of California
  • Opportunity Institute
  • Parent Voices
  • Partnership for Children and Youth
  • Partners in Prevention
  • Prevent Child Abuse California
  • Youth-Forward
  • Youth Leadership Institute



  • Kathy Baxter – Partners in Prevention
  • Patricia Barahona – CEO, Youth Leadership Institute
  • Sheila Boxley – President and CEO of Child Abuse Prevention Center, sponsor of Prevent Child Abuse California
  • Reed Connell – Managing Partner, Social Change Partners, LLC
  • Nicole Derse, Founding Principal, 50+1 Strategies
  • Mark Friedman – Board of Directors, East Bay Community Foundation
  • Elizabeth Gaines – Founder and Executive Director, Children’s Funding Project
  • Sheldon Gen – Professor, Public Administration Program, SF State University
  • Ed Harrington – Former Controller of San Francisco and Director of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
  • James Harrison – Partner, Olson Remcho
  • Mary Ignatius – Director, Parent Voices of California
  • Melissa Stafford Jones – Executive Director, First 5 Association of California
  • David Kakashiba – Executive Director, East Bay Asian Youth Center
  • Jim Keddy – Founder and Executive Director, Youth Forward
  • Moira Kenney – California Network Director, Unite Us
  • Laurel Kloomok – Consultant, David and Lucile Packard Foundation on Family Resource Centers
  • Wendy Lazarus – Founder, Kids Impact Initiative
  • Ted Lempert – President, Children Now
  • Dan Macallair – Executive Director and Co-Founder, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
  • Dave Metz – President, Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates
  • Deanna Niebuhr – California Policy and Program Director, The Opportunity Institute
  • Bonnie Politz – Youth and Community Strategy Consultant
  • Nancy Rubin – Former Executive Director, Edgewood Children’s Services; Former Director of Public Health, Marin County
  • Kay Ruhstaller – Policy Chair, Board of Directors, CA Child Care Resource and Referral Network
  • Andrew Russo – Co-Founder and Director, National Network of Family Support and Strengthening Networks
  • Sandra Taylor – Children and Youth Services Manager, City of Oakland
  • Kim Thomas – Former Coordinator, Funding the Next Generation, Solano; Former Executive Director, Children’s Network of Solano County
  • Jill Wynns – Former Chair of Cities Counties Schools Partnership (League of Cities, CSAC, CSBA), Former President of California School Boards Association; Former SFUSD Board Member
  • Andrea Youngdahl – Consultant on children’s policy issues and services


  • Our launch funders, who took a risk on supporting this project, were the Sierra Health Foundation and the Rosenberg Foundation.
  • Funding the Next Generation is proud to have been a pro-bono project of Orrick, Herrington & Sutclifffe, LLP. Members of Orrick’s Public Finance Group who worked on the project include: Don Field, Jenna Magan, and Mary A. Collins.
  • Other funders have included S. H. Cowell Foundation, the T. J Long Foundation, and the San Francisco Foundation.
  • We are especially grateful to The California Endowment, our most sustaining funder and to the Heising-Simons Foundation, our largest current funder.