Orange County Community Relations Council (OCCRC)

Who We Are

The Orange County Community Relations Council (OCCRC) is an organization of concerned community professionals whose businesses promote an improved quality of life through philanthropy and community involvement. We foster professional development among our members by providing a forum to exchange ideas, share best practices and build relationships. OCCRC is an affiliate organization of Orange County Grantmakers (OCG).


Goal 1:

Enhance the role of OCCRC and its members’ companies in their relationship with their communities and promote corporate citizenship as a critical element for success of business.


Share best practices, program methodology, and measurement systems. Increase external awareness of OCCRC as a resource for Orange County companies.

Goal 2:

Promote professional development of OCCRC members and remain informed of current events, issues, and trends.


Share best practices, program methodology, and measurement systems. Increase external awareness of OCCRC as a resource for Orange County companies.

Goal 3:

Encourage employee involvement in our communities.


Share best practices, measurement tools, and program methodology.

OCCRC was established in 1979 and its members are corporate community relations professionals whose companies make contributions of cash and in-kind donations totaling at least $100,000 per year to Orange County charities. Members meet quarterly informally to exchange views and information on community relations, share ideas, best practices and employee/community engagement needs and opportunities.

Annual membership dues are $250. Dues are $75 if membership begins after May. OCCRC members are welcome to attend OCG events and programs at a reduced rate and enjoy networking with OCG members.

To join, contact Taryn Palumbo, Executive Director of Orange County Grantmakers at

Current Members

Anaheim Ducks & Honda Center

Edwards Lifesciences Foundation

First Republic Bank

Golden State Foods Foundation

Kaiser Permanente 

OC Soccer Club Community Foundation

Pacific Life 


Taco Bell Foundation

Wells Fargo 

Western Digital Foundation & Community Relations World Wide

How do we build a compassionate and inclusive America in an age of distrust? WAJAHAT ALI knows from personal experience that when we come together to be the superheroes of our own stories, we can create honest social change. The beloved TED speaker has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and The Atlantic about our urgent issues—immigration, politics, parenthood—with boldness, hope, and humor. His memoir Go Back to Where You Came From, one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Year, follows his life as a Muslim Pakistani-American on a surprising, emotional, and challenging quest for the good life. Iconic journalist Katie Couric says that “we are all so fortunate to be on the receiving end of his intellect, his humanity, and his heart.”

Wajahat Ali

“With wit and charm, Ali delivers a masterful meditation on growing up brown in America...he gives us a clear-eyed affirmation of the country America could be.” — Mara Gay, New York Times

Wajahat Ali uses his platform to fight tirelessly for the social change we need in our country—and he isn’t afraid to get personal while doing it. The Daily Beast columnist and former New York Times writer, TED speaker, award-winning playwright, and Peabody-nominated producer of the documentary series The Secret Life of Muslims offers us his experiences of triumph over hardship as a beacon of hope and resilience in the face of life’s impossible situations. From his experiences of Islamophobia growing up as a Muslim Pakistani-American to his two-year-old daughter’s liver cancer diagnosis, Wajahat is living proof that when we share our authentic stories, we build the America we wish to live in.”

In his memoir Go Back to Where You Came From: And Other Helpful Recommendations on How to Become American, Wajahat teaches us how to create our own superhero origin story, invest in hope for the future of America, and enact real social change. The book was called “biting and funny and full of heart” by NPR. Representative Ilhan Omar called Wajahat’s work “hilarious” and “deeply moving”, and legendary writer Dave Eggers said it was the book he’d “been hoping Wajahat Ali would write for ten years—hilarious, stylistically fearless, deeply humane.”

Wajahat is also the author of The Domestic Crusaders—the first major play about Muslim-Americans in a post-9/11 world. He was the lead researcher and author for the Center for American Progress’s seminal report “Fear Inc., Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America,” and served as a national correspondent for Al Jazeera America, where he told stories about communities and individuals often marginalized or under-reported in mainstream media.

As Creative Director of Affinis Wajahat Labs, he worked to create social entrepreneurship initiatives to support and uplift marginalized communities. He also worked with the US State Department to design and implement the “Generation Change” leadership program to empower young social entrepreneurs. Wajahat initiated chapters in eight countries, including Pakistan and Singapore. For his work, he was honored as a “Generation Change Leader” by Sec. of State Clinton and recognized as an “Emerging Muslim American Artist” by the Muslim Public Affairs Council. 

He has given keynote speeches around the world such as TED, The Aspen Ideas Festival, Google, the United Nations, and The New Yorker Festival. His writing appears regularly in the New York TimesThe Atlantic, the Washington Post, and The Guardian. He’s a Senior Fellow at The Western States Center and Auburn Seminary and co-host of Al Jazeera’s The Stream.