Governance and Staff
The Great Communities Collaborative Funders Network is comprised of community, local, and national foundations that provide long-term vision, strategic direction, and priority-setting for GCC. The Funders Network also works to broaden the role of foundations in systems change around transportation, transit-oriented development, housing, and community development funding.
- The San Francisco Foundation (Co-Chair)
- Silicon Valley Community Foundation (Co-Chair)
- The California Endowment
- Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund
- The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
- Strong Prosperous and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC)*
*SPARCC is a national three-year, $90 million initiative. GCC’s SPARCC work is a collaborative effort between GCC, the 6 Wins for Social Equity Network (6 Wins), and the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII).
Elizabeth Wampler, Initiative Office
Elizabeth Wampler, Initiative Officer
As Initiative Officer for GCC, Elizabeth leads the collaborative in strategy development and partnership to move the region towards a more equitable and sustainable Bay Area where low-income and communities of color can stay in place and thrive. Elizabeth works together with funders, non-profits, and public sector partners to identify, implement, and leverage policy and financing strategies in the region. In addition, Elizabeth leads GCC’s fundraising and development strategy, manages convenings and funder network meetings and works to build greater alignment across partners. Before coming to TSFF, Elizabeth worked for Reconnecting America where she led technical assistance projects on transit and transit-oriented development in the San Francisco Bay Area, Denver, Los Angeles and Twin Cities. Elizabeth co-authored several publications, and developed tools, research and strategies to advance equitable transit-oriented development across the country. She attended the University of Chicago as an undergraduate and received a Master of City Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. Elizabeth lives in Oakland with her bunnies – Luna and Tommaso – and enjoys all of the crafty things and being irrational about baseball teams
Ain Bailey, Associate Initiative Officer
Ain Bailey, Associate Initiative Officer
As the Associate Initiative Officer of the Great Communities Collaborative, Ain ensures that GCC’s network is supported through communications, convenings and learning, and grantmaking. Ain co-leads several of our working groups, including the Bay Area for All (BA4A) initiative and the Public Lands Working Group. She also works with our partners to advance racial equity principles across the GCC network and develop a strategy to change the narrative around housing in the Bay Area. Prior to joining the San Francisco Foundation, Ain worked in the City of Oakland Redevelopment Agency where she managed city-wide improvement grant programs for small, local businesses, as well as real estate development projects in the Downtown area. Ain played an integral role in the establishment of city-wide departmental racial equity teams, including the development and facilitation of racial equity training modules in partnership with the City Administrators office. Ain holds a B.A. from Spelman College and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Baruch College, where she matriculated as a member of the National Urban Fellows program. She is a member of the 2018 inaugural cohort of the Fulcrum Fellowship at the Center for Community Investment.She served as an Oakland Library Advisory Commissioner from 2013-2017 and currently serves on the board of the African-American Arts and Culture Complex. Ain has lived for the past decade with her pup in her beloved, adopted hometown of Oakland, CA where she enjoys spending lots of time in nature.
Taina Estevez, Initiative Assistant
Taina Estevez, Initiatives Assistant
As Initiatives Assistant, Taina supports both the GCC team and HOPESF, ensuring both initiatives run smoothly and supporting the partners inside and outside of The San Francisco Foundation. Taina provides project management support on grantmaking, financial tracking, fundraising, communication, and meetings and convenings. Taina’s expertise in project coordination and grants management, in addition to her generally superior organizational skills make her an invaluable asset to GCC. Prior to working at theFoundation Taina worked with a series of smaller non-profits in the Mount Shasta, California area where she engaged in day to day office needs for programs focusing on improving children’s ability to communicate and increasing access to drinking water for the people of Eastern Africa. She holds multiple Associate’s degrees from Santa Barbara City College in Economics, Math, and Business Administration, along with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business from San Francisco State University. Taina lives in San Francisco with her husband and enjoys traveling and volunteering at community events.
The first ten year’s of GCC’s work was based on the theory that strategically aligning funders to support advocacy groups influencing local and regional plans would spur development of affordable, equitable communities near transit. These communities can provide a host of benefits for both local residents and for the region, including increased use of transit and active transportation (as well as the associated economic, environmental, and public health benefits), vibrant communities, and preservation of the Bay Area’s open spaces.
To assess the impact of our work, GCC has worked closely with ICF International to assess our success in our first ten years. To learn more, please download and read summaries of the first two years of ICF’s work:
Other Metro Region
Working with other metro regions and our partner TOD collaboratives across the country is a fantastic way to share best practices and lessons learned, and to continue to grow together as a field. Here are just a few of the many growing TOD collaboratives active around the country today:
- Los Angeles: LA THRIVES
- Denver: Mile High Connects
- Minneapolis/Saint Paul: Central Corridor Funders Collaborative
- Baltimore: Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative
- Greater Boston: Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance
GCC looks forward to expanding our relationships and partnership with other collaboratives into the future.