Together for justice

Message from Fred Ali, President & C.E.O.
With Gratitude and thoughts for the future

Fred Ali

This is my last President’s message, and over the past few days, I have been trying to figure out what to write. Probably overthinking things, because more than anything else, I want to express my profound gratitude to our nonprofit and cross sector partners, my colleagues in philanthropy, and the Board and staff of the Weingart Foundation. Over the past 22 years, you have taught me much, inspired my thinking to action, and amazed me with your unwavering commitment and dedication to making Southern California a better place for all.

To read Fred’s full message, click here.


Q&A with Two John W. Mack
Movement Building Fellows

Janel Bailey and Cheyenne Reynoso

In early December 2020, the inaugural cohort of the Weingart Foundation’s John W. Mack Movement Building Fellows program participated in their final convening. The Fellowship is a pilot program designed to strengthen the network of next-generation social justice and racial equity leaders in Southern California.

The Weingart Foundation recently had the opportunity to ask two of our outgoing Fellows, Janel Bailey and Cheyenne Reynoso, what they would like to share with others about their experiences as a John W. Mack Fellow. To read the Q&A, click here.


A Conversation with Fred Ali and Miguel A. Santana, Incoming President and C.E.O.

Fred Ali and Miguel A. Santana

This past September, we announced that our long-time President and C.E.O., Fred Ali, will be stepping down as head of the Weingart Foundation. Effective January 25, 2021, Fred will be succeeded by Miguel A. Santana, the recent President and C.E.O. of Fairplex and former City Administrative Officer of the City of Los Angeles. In this recent recorded conversation, Fred and Miguel explore Miguel’s background, his interest in working in philanthropy, and how he sees community voice shaping his new role. To watch the 15-minute conversation, click here.