The Weingart Foundation Announces Joanna S. Jackson as Its New President and C.E.O.

A mission-driven and values-based leader, Joanna S. Jackson, brings more than 15 years of experience at the Foundation, most recently as its interim president and C.E.O.

Joanna S. Jackson, President and C.E.O.,
Weingart Foundation

June 07, 2024 (Los Angeles, CA) — The Board of Directors of the Weingart Foundation, a private grantmaking foundation that partners with communities across Southern California to advance racial justice, today voted to appoint Joanna S. Jackson as its new President and C.E.O. For the past fifteen years, Jackson has led Weingart’s programs and grant-making portfolio and is poised to lead the Foundation into a new era of philanthropic impact and racial justice.

Joanna Jackson’s leadership journey is defined by a steadfast commitment to the values and mission of the Weingart Foundation. Her vision for the Foundation aligns with its strategic framework emphasizing building strong, healthy communities and promoting equitable systems.

“Following a competitive C.E.O. search process, the Board determined that Joanna Jackson was our clear choice to serve as the Foundation’s President and C.E.O.,” said Monica Lozano, immediate past chair of the Weingart Foundation Board, and chair of the C.E.O. search committee. “With the support of our consultants, Koya Partners, we gathered input from board, staff, grantee partners, civic and community leaders and used this feedback to create a candidate profile that prioritized the skills, qualities, and characteristics of our next C.E.O. We received hundreds of letters of interest and interviewed a dozen outstanding candidates. Joanna demonstrated a deep commitment to racial, social, and economic justice and has inspired our team to think and act boldly, fostering a culture that is empowering and inclusive.”

The Weingart Foundation Board also voted today to elect Dr. Robert K. Ross as the Foundation’s Board chair.

“Joanna Jackson fervently embodies the attributes necessary to lead the Weingart Foundation as it continues to operationalize its equity commitment, both internally and externally,’ said Dr. Ross, Board Chair of the Weingart Foundation. “Joanna is an equity-minded leader who authentically models the values of courage, dignity, innovation, trust, partnership, and racial justice. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we congratulate Joanna and pledge our support and partnership as we enter this next era of the Weingart Foundation.”

With a career spanning more than twenty-five years in the nonprofit, philanthropic, and public sectors, Jackson brings a wealth of experience and a profound understanding of the issues facing communities today. Her previous roles at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, The California Endowment, and the City of San Jose have equipped her with the skills and insights needed to drive the Foundation’s mission forward.

Jackson shared her enthusiasm for her new role, stating, “It is an honor and privilege to continue to serve this Foundation as President & C.E.O. It is my calling to do what I can to change inequitable systems and advance justice. I see my values reflected in the mission of the Weingart Foundation and in the inspiring work of the nonprofit partners and movement leaders we work with in our pursuit of racial justice. I am humbled and energized to continue this journey with a team of dedicated leaders, partners, and colleagues who share our vision of a more equitable Southern California for all.”

In addition to her work at the Weingart Foundation, Jackson serves on the boards of Southern California Grantmakers and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (G.E.O.). She holds a master’s degree in public administration from Baruch College, The City University of New York, where she was a National Urban Fellow, and a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

“The Weingart Foundation looks forward to a bright future under Joanna’s leadership, confident in her ability to drive meaningful change and promote equity and justice across Southern California,” Lozano said.

ABOUT THE WEINGART FOUNDATION
The Weingart Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation that partners with communities across Southern California to advance racial, social, and economic justice for all. Our vision is a dynamic and effective social change sector that is creating equitable systems and structures needed to achieve justice. Founded in 1951, the Foundation has to date granted over $1 billion to organizations, strengthening their efforts in human services, housing, health, education, and community power building. In addition, the Foundation builds networks and collaboratives with philanthropic, public sector, and community leaders to advance equity and justice together.

The Weingart Foundation Names Crystal Crawford As Its First Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships

As a senior leader and key advisor reporting to the C.E.O., Crystal Crawford will oversee strategic partnerships to expand the impact and efficacy of the Weingart Foundation.

May 13, 2024 (Los Angeles, CA)After an extensive national search, the Weingart Foundation, a private grantmaking foundation that partners with communities across Southern California to advance racial justice, has chosen Crystal Crawford to serve as its first Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships. In this newly created role, Crawford will oversee strategic partnerships and manage relationships with key stakeholders to expand the impact and efficacy of the Weingart Foundation.

“Crystal Crawford is an experienced and strategic leader who has demonstrated a deep commitment to advancing justice and equity for vulnerable communities across California,” said Joanna S. Jackson, interim President and C.E.O. of the Weingart Foundation. “As a nationally recognized leader in fighting poverty and advancing health and well-being, particularly in communities of color, she will be a tremendous addition to the Weingart team. We look forward to working with Crystal to cultivate meaningful partnerships that will help us strengthen our work serving communities most impacted by systemic inequities.”

Crawford, who has extensive experience in the legal, philanthropic, and nonprofit sectors, currently serves as Executive Director of the Western Center on Law & Poverty, a trailblazing legal and advocacy organization that works to bring about systemic and structural change in every branch of government. Previously, she was a program director at The California Wellness Foundation where she developed the organization’s groundbreaking Women’s Initiatives, a multi-million-dollar investment that advanced the health and economic security of women of color. Before joining Cal Wellness, she served as C.E.O. of the California Black Women’s Health Project, the first statewide organization solely devoted to improving the health of California’s Black women and girls through policy advocacy, education and outreach.

Crawford said: “I have been a long-time admirer of the Weingart Foundation’s outstanding commitment to racial justice and racial equity. Its impactful work has helped to transform communities and systems. At this time when work advancing racial justice and diversity, equity and inclusion is under heightened attack, I am looking forward to working with my colleagues as we deepen the Foundation’s work in communities and forge new partnerships with courage and boldness.”

Crawford is active in the leadership of numerous civic, advocacy and community organizations, including serving as chairperson of the five-member Los Angeles County Public Health Commission. Originally from Harlem, New York and Teaneck, New Jersey, Crawford earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Dartmouth College and law degree from the New York University School of Law. She is admitted to the bar in California, New York and New Jersey.

ABOUT THE WEINGART FOUNDATION
The Weingart Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation that partners with communities across Southern California to advance racial, social, and economic justice for all. Our vision is a dynamic and effective social change sector that is creating equitable systems and structures needed to achieve justice. Founded in 1951, the Foundation has to date granted over $1 billion to organizations, strengthening their efforts in human services, housing, health, education, and community power building. In addition, the Foundation builds networks and collaboratives with philanthropic, public sector, and community leaders to advance equity and justice together.

The Weingart Foundation Advances Racial Justice by Investing Close to $4M in Nonprofits Across Southern California

Funds support BIPOC-led nonprofits serving communities most impacted by racial disparities.

 African Communities Public Health Coalition (Source: Organization’s website)

April 22, 2024 (Los Angeles, CA) The Weingart Foundation, a private grantmaking foundation that partners with communities across Southern California to advance racial justice, awarded $3.9 million to 25 nonprofits that promote strong and healthy communities; advance civic, cultural, economic, and political power; and bolster equitable and just systems, particularly for communities most impacted by racial disparities. The Foundation employs a proactive approach to grantmaking thus developing new relationships with grassroots, community-based nonprofits. Two-thirds of grants awarded in this fund cycle were directed to first-time grantees, representing grassroots, BIPOC-led organizations with budgets under $1M.

“This round of funding reflects the Weingart Foundation’s commitment to investing in grassroots organizations and in supporting the ecosystems that allow them to thrive,” said Joanna S. Jackson, interim President and C.E.O. of the Weingart Foundation. “We’re proud that our continued proactive efforts to deepen partnerships with smaller equity focused organizations has allowed us to work with groups we may not have funded in the past. We look forward to building on these partnerships to advance justice.”

The Weingart Foundation is committed to changing unjust systems and strengthening the power of historically marginalized communities. Sixty percent of the funds allocated in March support advocacy, research, and capacity-building to direct-service providing organizations that are also engaged in systems advocacy, typically as part of movement coalitions. Examples of nonprofit partners engaged in critical civic engagement efforts and cross-racial solidarity include Council of Mexican Federations in North America COFEM, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC), Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movement, and the Arab American Civic Council. The latter three of these organizations serve populations that are largely underrepresented in terms of investments from philanthropy.

Investing in BIPOC-led organizations is also a priority for the Weingart Foundation. BIPOC-led organizations comprise 92% of the organizations awarded grants in March and are receiving 83% of the total funding.

Additionally, a large portion of funds were directed to immigrant justice and inclusion efforts. In response to the increased number of Black migrants in need of support, the Weingart Foundation invested in organizations with the cultural competency to best serve this growing population. This includes the Tiyaa Foundation, African Communities Public Health Coalition, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, and United Women of the Horn. Further, the Weingart Foundation hopes to strengthen the immigrant justice ecosystem and increase the capacity of organizations and coalitions that address the critical and unique needs of Black migrants. This support is also in alignment with the Weingart Foundation’s commitment of combating anti-Black racism, a priority of its Black Justice and Healing initiatives.

“On behalf of the Weingart Foundation Board, we are proud to support these organizations that are steadfast in their commitment to advancing justice” said Monica Lozano, Board Chair of the Weingart Foundation. “We are consistently inspired by the work of our nonprofit partners and are honored to invest in their transformative work meeting the needs of communities most impacted by racial disparities.”

For a full list of the Weingart Foundation’s March grants, please click here.

ABOUT THE WEINGART FOUNDATION
The Weingart Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation that partners with communities across Southern California to advance racial, social, and economic justice for all. Our vision is a dynamic and effective social change sector that is creating equitable systems and structures needed to achieve justice. Founded in 1951, the Foundation has to date granted over $1 billion to organizations, strengthening their efforts in human services, housing, health, education, and community power building. In addition, the Foundation builds networks and collaboratives with philanthropic, public sector, and community leaders to advance equity and justice together.

The Weingart Foundation Names Dana Henry As Its First Director of Black Justice and Healing

Working with the Weingart Foundation’s Leadership, Henry will manage the Foundation’s strategy to address the generational inequities and racism faced by the Black community in Southern California

February 27, 2024 (Los Angeles, CA) The Weingart Foundation, a private grantmaking foundation that partners with communities across Southern California to advance racial, social, and economic justice, names Dana Henry its first Director of Black Justice and Healing. In this newly created role, Henry will collaborate with community stakeholders, funder colleagues, and public sector partners to lead the Foundation’s extensive work to address the generational inequities and racism faced by the Black community in Southern California and support community-driven solutions for justice and healing.

“Dana Henry is a dynamic and values-driven leader who brings extensive experience working directly with Black-led and serving nonprofit partners to address anti-Black racism,” said Joanna Jackson, interim president and C.E.O. of the Weingart Foundation. “Dana’s unwavering commitment to strengthening pathways for Black leadership and Black-led organizing to advance multiracial movements makes her a tremendous asset to our Black Justice and Healing work.”

Guided by the Weingart Foundation’s mission, Henry’s work strengthens support for Black-led initiatives and organizations that work to dismantle structural racism while increasing overall wellness and joy in Black communities. Specifically, as Director of Black Justice and Healing, Henry co-leads a multi-sector collaborative in Los Angeles County with community-based partners, building upon the recommendations of the Committee for Greater L.A.’s Black Experience Action Team report to improve the material conditions and outcomes of Black Angelenos.

“The Black Justice Healing work is deeply personal to me,” said Dana Henry, Director of Black Justice and Healing at the Weingart Foundation. “The generational harm that racist and unjust systems have caused families like mine serve as a reminder of just how critical it is that we come together to transform these systems and help communities heal. I look forward to building on the strides we’ve made, along with our nonprofit partners, to build opportunities for Black communities to thrive.”

With over 20 years of experience, Henry has dedicated her career to expanding opportunities for Los Angeles’ most vulnerable children, youth and families. She first joined the Weingart Foundation as a Program Officer in 2020, leading the Foundation’s grantmaking and broader funding strategy in South Los Angeles and previously worked with the Weingart Foundation’s partner, Communities In Schools. She holds a bachelor’s degree in American Literature from University of California, Los Angeles.

ABOUT THE WEINGART FOUNDATION
The Weingart Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation that partners with communities across Southern California to advance racial, social, and economic justice for all. Our vision is a dynamic and effective social change sector that is creating equitable systems and structures needed to achieve justice. Founded in 1951, the Foundation has to date granted over $1 billion to organizations, strengthening their efforts in human services, housing, health, education, and community power building. In addition, the Foundation builds networks and collaboratives with philanthropic, public sector, and community leaders to advance equity and justice together.

The Weingart Foundation Advances Racial Justice by Investing Over $9.1M in Social Justice Nonprofits Across Southern California

Funds support organizations building civic and political power in communities most impacted by historic injustice

OCTOBER 16, 2023 (Los Angeles, CA) — The Weingart Foundation, a private grantmaking foundation that partners with communities across Southern California to advance racial justice, awarded $9.1 million to 42 nonprofits that provide direct services, build community power, and promote systems change strategies to meet their missions. In step with the Weingart Foundation’s commitment to support organizations led by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, 88% of the nonprofits that received grants this cycle are led by BIPOC leaders.

“Through our intentional and ongoing efforts to operationalize our racial justice mission, we are increasingly evolving our grantmaking in support of organizations that are part of larger social justice movement efforts,” said Joanna S. Jackson, interim President and CEO of the Weingart Foundation. “Our partners work intersectionally, across issues and regions, to increase power and justice for historically marginalized communities. From supporting youth organizing to building racial solidarity, we’re proud to stand with our nonprofit partners in our joint efforts to dismantle racist and unjust systems.”

The Weingart Foundation invests in cross-racial solidarity building as part of ongoing efforts to eradicate anti-Black racism. For instance, a number of Weingart’s partners in South LA, a priority region for the Foundation, have a longstanding track record of strengthening relationships between Black and brown communities and organizing these communities to advance justice. This includes Dignity and Power Now, an anchor organization advocating for the reinvestment of public dollars away from the carceral system and into community-based systems of care. Another example of an organization strengthening ties and collaboration between Black and brown communities is the Brotherhood Crusade which works with Black and Latino youth, including young people that are system-involved or living in poverty, and creates more opportunities for young people and their families to thrive.

In an effort to increase investments to Indigenous and Native American communities, the Weingart Foundation made a $1.5M grant over three years to First Nations Development Institute supporting a pooled fund designed to strengthen and bolster tribal organizations and communities in California. In this cycle, the Weingart Foundation also provided grants to Native Americans in Philanthropy to advance equitable philanthropy; California Tribal Families Coalition for advocacy, legal support and coalition building. These efforts are part of an ongoing strategy to deepen the Foundation’s work with Native American organizations.

Also of note, the Weingart Foundation provided a significant investment to 10 organizations led by and serving Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities. This includes support to the South Asian Network a longstanding Weingart partner that provides programs in domestic violence, health and civil rights; United Cambodian Community that advocates for housing rights in Long Beach’s Cambodia Town; API Equality-LA, one of the few organizations that specifically serves the API LGBTQ community in the Greater LA area; and to the AAPI Equity Alliance, a coalition that includes many Weingart partners, that empowers the AAPI community through civic engagement, capacity building, and policy advocacy.

As these examples show, the majority of Weingart’s partners work on a number of intersectional issues and often in coalition to further their racial justice missions. While many of the Weingart Foundation’s nonprofits partners funded during this cycle are long-standing partners, Weingart program officers continue to foster new relationships as they identify opportunities to further advance racial equity.

“We’re proud to see the tremendous work of our nonprofit partners and their collaborative efforts to advance systemic change in communities most impacted by injustice,” said Monica Lozano, Board Chair of the Weingart Foundation. “We look forward to our continued partnership as we work together to build a more just and inclusive future for Southern California.”

For a full list of the Weingart Foundation’s September grants, please click here.

ABOUT THE WEINGART FOUNDATION
The Weingart Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation that partners with communities across Southern California to advance racial, social, and economic justice for all. Our vision is a dynamic and effective social change sector that is creating equitable systems and structures needed to achieve justice. Founded in 1951, the Foundation has to date granted over $1 billion to organizations, strengthening their efforts in human services, housing, health, education, and community power building. In addition, the Foundation builds networks and collaboratives with philanthropic, public sector, and community leaders to advance equity and justice together.

The Weingart Foundation Welcomes Diana Amparo Jiménez as the Foundation’s First Program Officer for Housing Justice

Working with the Weingart Foundation’s housing and homelessness partners, Jiménez will advance the Foundation’s housing justice strategy.

August 16, 2023 (Los Angeles, CA) – After an extensive search, the Weingart Foundation, a private grantmaking foundation that partners with communities across Southern California to advance racial justice, welcomes Diana Amparo Jiménez (she/they) as Program Officer for Housing Justice. In the newly created position, Jiménez will foster grantmaking, convening, public/private partnerships, advocacy, and communications to advance racial justice in the housing landscape in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties. Jiménez will also work closely with the Foundation’s impact investing team to support housing justice opportunities.

“Diana Amparo Jiménez brings deep expertise and housing leadership that will help us advance lasting solutions to our region’s housing needs,” said Miguel Santana, President and C.E.O. of the Weingart Foundation. “Her professional background, lived experience, and deeply rooted commitment to social justice make her a valuable addition to our team as we continue to build power for systemic change across Southern California.”

Most recently, Jiménez served as Program Associate for the Homelessness Initiative at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, where she supported the implementation of its five-year strategy aiming to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring. Before that, Jiménez was a Project Manager at T.R.U.S.T. South LA’s Community Land Trust, where she established partnerships with community development financial institutions, commercial banks, and philanthropy for viable loan products and grants to secure creative financing for the purchase and rehabilitation of multifamily buildings through the implementation of LA County’s community land trust pilot.

“My personal experience as a child of migrants, growing up amidst housing insecurity, propelled me to pursue a career that invests in Black, Indigenous, and communities of color which have long been extracted from,” said Diana Amparo Jiménez, the Weingart Foundation’s incoming housing justice program officer. “I am looking forward to working with my colleagues and the Weingart Foundation’s partners to continue to serve communities most impacted by systemic racism.”

Jiménez is a first-generation graduate and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Policy, Planning, and Development – Sustainable Planning Emphasis from the University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy. Jiménez is a descendant of the Nahua and Raramuri-Tarahumara nations and remains rooted in their ancestral practices of land, housing, and environmental justice.

ABOUT THE WEINGART FOUNDATION

The Weingart Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation that partners with communities across Southern California to advance racial, social, and economic justice for all. Our vision is a dynamic and effective social change sector that is creating equitable systems and structures needed to achieve justice. Founded in 1951, the Foundation has to date granted over $1 billion to organizations, strengthening their efforts in human services, housing, health, education, and community power building. In addition, the Foundation builds networks and collaboratives with philanthropic, public sector, and community leaders to advance equity and justice together.