Ellen Friedman

Ellen Friedman is the Executive Director at the Compton Foundation, which seeks to ignite change toward a sustainable, just, and peaceful future. The Foundation’s program strategy supports transformative leadership and courageous storytelling in the areas of peace, environment, and women’s reproductive health, rights, and justice. Under Ellen’s leadership the Foundation created a special 3-year initiative to advance a Women, Peace, and Security agenda within the US foreign policy and national security arena. The Compton Foundation is an original signatory of the Divest/Invest pledge and is committed to investing 100% of its endowment in mission related investments. Previously Ellen served as the executive vice president of Tides where she worked for 23 years with high net worth donors and other social change activists on a range of domestic and global issues. She is a trustee of Futures Without Violence, on the Steering Committee of Peace and Security Funders Group, and a member of The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Advisory Board. Ellen holds an MBA from UCLA and is the proud mother of two adult children and sings, hikes, and cooks for friends and family whenever she can.

Gregory Hodge


Greg is an organizational and community development consultant and a second term member of the Oakland Unified School District Board of Education. He formerly served as CEO for California Tomorrow, and as executive director of Safe Passages Oakland Child Health and Safety Initiative. He has also worked as an attorney in private practice handling a variety of civil litigation matters.

Jane Levikow

Jane is Vice President of Sponsored Projects and Funds at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. She leads the organization’s sponsored project team, which offers administrative and programmatic platforms to help donors develop, launch and promote high-impact philanthropic projects around the world. Jane has more than 25 years of nonprofit management experience. Prior to joining RPA, she served as Vice President at Community Initiatives, and served as Senior Vice President of Tides, leading its fiscal sponsorship program which sponsored national and international activities. Jane has also served in numerous capacities as board member and executive at a variety of nonprofits in California. She also served as the first Chair of the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors.

Anthony Shell

Anthony is Vice President of Avison Young, the world's fastest growing commercial real estate services firm. His focus is on tenant representation in three main sectors: nonprofit, tech/startup and professional services firms. Deeply involved in the nonprofit community, Anthony continues to assist much of the Bay Area's social change organizations with their space needs. Prior to his role at Avison Young, Anthony worked at Cushman & Wakefield and sat on the national steering committee that drove the structure and initiatives on behalf of the company's nonprofit practice group.

Mei-Ying Williams


Mei-ying currently serves as the Operations Director at the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN). She is committed to helping to establish and further support strong organizations advancing our collective struggles for justice. Prior to beginning her tenure at APEN, Mei-ying worked for five years at the School of Unity and Liberation (SOUL), three years of which was as Co-Director. She has also served as an 8th grade English and History teacher in Oakland, and is the proud mama to a joyful and energetic 4 year old who teaches her lessons daily.