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ORANGE COUNTY GRANTMAKERS (OCG) ANNOUNCES ITS 2022 ADVISORY BOARD, NEW BOARD CHAIR FROM THE ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

ORANGE COUNTY, CALIF. (December 14, 2021)— Orange County Grantmakers is pleased to announce its incoming 2022 Advisory Board Slate and welcome new Board Chair Cathleen Otero, Vice President of Donor Relations and Programs with the Orange County Community Foundation.

In 2021, Orange County Grantmakers underwent a comprehensive, year-long strategic planning process that will redefine how our organization approaches our role in the community as well as explicitly calls out our commitment to equity and transformational leadership. We are absolutely thrilled to welcome the leadership of Cathleen Otero as incoming Chair of the OCG Advisory Board who brings with her a wealth of experience and leadership on a variety of issues aligned with Orange County Grantmakers including health equity, systems change, and representation of underserved populations.

“As the founding chair of Orange County Grantmakers, I understand how closely aligned our organizations are in our missions to advance health, education, and economic opportunities for Orange County residents through the power of philanthropy.” said Shelley Hoss, president and CEO of the Orange County Community Foundation. “I am confident that Cathleen will contribute her unique knowledge and experience to advance these efforts in new and exciting ways.”

Under Cathleen’s leadership OCG will, with the support of the rest of our board and our full membership, embark on an ambitious journey meant to bring advance equity for all Orange County residents. We look forward to the public launch of the new strategic plan in February 2022. 

                The full incoming advisory board slate is as follows:

  • Chair: Cathleen Otero, Orange County Community Foundation
  • Vice Chair: Tiffany Alva, First Five Orange County
  • Membership Chair: Joanna Kong, Sun Family Foundation
  • Program Chair: Nithin Jilla, Sun Family Foundation (advisor)
  • Public Policy Chair: Adriana Galdamez, Cox Communications
  • Summit Chair: Christine Fontana, Edwards Lifesciences
  • At-Large Member: Ben Drutman, Simon Scholars
  • At-Large Member: John Guastaferro, Anaheim Community Foundation
  • At-Large Member: Nate Brown, PIMCO
  • Past Chair: Jason Lacsamana, St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund

If you are interested in becoming an OCG member, funders, philanthropists and grantmaking organizations must fund a minimum of $100,000 in Orange County, CA.   To join, please visit www.ocgrantmakers.org and email OCG Executive Director Taryn Palumbo at [email protected].

About Orange County Grantmakers

The Orange County Grantmakers (OCG) is a funder collaborative committed to advancing social impact by supporting, strengthening, and building adaptive leadership across our nonprofit and philanthropic community. To learn more about Orange County Grantmakers, visit www.orangecountymakers.org, like them on Facebook or follow on Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Orange County Community Foundation

Founded in 1989, the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) works with donors, strengthens the local nonprofit sector and works to find solutions to community needs. Since its inception, OCCF has awarded nearly $850 million in grants and scholarships, placing the organization in the top two percent in grantmaking among U.S. community foundations. For more information, visit oc-cf.org or call 949-553-4202. Be a part of our conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. View OCCF’s 2021 annual report here.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Taryn Palumbo

Executive Director

Orange County Grantmakers

[email protected]

Dan Nasitka

Rocket Launch 

[email protected]

(951) 805-4174

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