Governance + 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 bunny Tommaso – and enjoys all of the crafty things and being irrational about baseball teams

Victoria Paykar, Associate Initiative Officer

Victoria Paykar, Associate Initiative Officer

As an Associate Initiative Officer for GCC, Vi works in close collaboration with Elizabeth to develop and execute on GCC’s strategic goals. This includes co-leading with partner organizations on implementing programmatic goals, including advocacy, partnership, financing, research, and communications strategies.  Before coming to TSFF, Vi worked on climate justice and environmental justice policy, advocacy and program implementation. She attended the University of California, Irvine as an undergraduate and received a Master of International Affairs and Environmental Policy from the University of California, San Diego. Vi lives in Oakland with her husband, pup and cat. She loves hiking, running, traveling and trying new foods!

Olaitan Jimoh, Initiative Assistant

Olaitan Jimoh, Initiative Assistant

Ola is the Initiative Assistant for both GCC and HOPE SF. As an Initiative Assistant, Ola ensures both initiatives run smoothly and provides support through project management related to grantmaking, financial tracking, fundraising, communications, and meetings and convening. Prior to working at the Foundation, Ola worked as a Research Associate at a research services firm where she reviewed and analyzed client research requests. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Health Policy with a minor in Civic and Community Engagement from the University of California, Irvine and grew up in Bellflower, CA. She moved to the Bay Area over a year ago where she now lives in Oakland and enjoys traveling, live music, and the delicious food the Bay has to offer.

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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