Governance + Staff

Governance

The Great Communities Collaborative is overseen by a Funders Network, 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).

Staff

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

Philip Verma, Associate Initiative Officer

Philip supports GCC’s partners on collaborative projects, including as co-chair of the Public Land Working Group. He also manages GCC’s communications and supports the Initiative Officer with both fundraising and grant management. Philip previously worked as a housing counselor and analyst for the City of Richmond Rent Program, which he helped build into a fully-formed agency. He also worked as a research assistant with the Urban Displacement Project at UC Berkeley and a paralegal tenant advocate in Queens, New York. He holds a Master in City Planning from UC Berkeley. In his spare time, Philip enjoys exploring the East Bay by bike, playing the clarinet, and plugging into more political work as a volunteer. 

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.

Monet Boyd, Program Coordinator, Bay Area for All

Monet is the Program Coordinator for GCC. Specifically, she coordinates the Bay Area for All (BA4A) program, working closely with site partners across the region and SPARCC national team. She also coordinates learning sessions for partners, co-facilitates BA4A monthly meetings, and shares resources and support to partners. Monet is a recent graduate from California State Polytechnic State University, Pomona, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning. She has had many interesting public sector roles – supporting BART’s work on housing and TOD, making policy recommendations on short-term rentals for the City of El Cerrito, and supporting LA Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson with community outreach. Monet is a Bay Area native; she grew up in Richmond and graduated from El Cerrito High School. She enjoys reading, hiking, volunteering, and exploring new places.

Impact

To assess the impact of our work, GCC has worked closely with evaluators over the years.  We’re currently working with Mesu Strategies and using a learning and assessment approach to support our work and our partners. Review the first summary of results here:

GCC 2019 Network Member Survey Results

Previously, ICF International helped assess our success in our first ten years. To learn more, please download and read summaries 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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