In LA, Caroline spoke with members, including Director of LA Department of Mental Health, Jon Shernin, and VP of Programs at First 5 LA, Christina Almayer. Many in the room shared their own challenges and successes with handling government funding, and the group came away with ideas focused on people, processes, and systems to further enhance Caroline’s and her team’s work.
In NYC, Caroline met with a wide array of members like CEO of Charter Impact Fund, Anand Kesavan, and ED of the KIOO Project, Babita Patel. The group provided specific suggestions including reorienting incentives to achieve better outcomes, building out shared databases to make better informed decisions and to create feedback loops. Participants weren’t afraid of thinking big picture, recommending Caroline to create Third Sector’s “Ice Bucket Challenge” moment to get the general public behind it’s work.
It’s safe to say that between the two coasts, Caroline and the NSC covered a lot of ground. We’re looking forward to the third installment in this series, which will engage our community in Houston. Check back soon for updates!