Governance and Staff

Governance

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. 

Current Funders

*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

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.

Impact

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:

GCC Evaluation 2014 Interim Report: Moving Forward to Implementation
GCC Evaluation 2015 Interim Report: Advancing Equitable Growth

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