CFUnited Virtual Pop-Up Series: Part 2
Power of Place: Learning with Leaders

Aug 27, 2020

Community foundations foster the connections among residents to create change that matters. Yet, what remains is unprecedented disruption from a global pandemic and reckoning of a nation with its past and present systemic racism that still contributes to today’s racial disparities.

Andy Stoll of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation provides a compelling case for the future of prosperity in America by exploring important trends and global shifts influencing local economies from small towns to major cities. Hear directly from executives who are adapting the strategies and approach of their foundations to rethink the essentials of community philanthropy at a time of significant change and uncertainty. Explore how community philanthropy can candidly foster inclusive economies, unlock latent local talent to address our communities biggest challenges, and foster vibrant and resilient communities that are reflective of all people.


Opening Remarks by:
Eric Hozempa, Longmont Community Foundation; AdNet, CFUnited Chair


• Acknowledge seismic technological and demographic shifts happening in our society and the disparities and economic shortcomings in our communities, exposed by COVID-19.
• Explore aspects of systems leadership, entrepreneurship, and participatory philanthropy.
• Explore ways community foundations can create pathways for all people to achieve their own potential and to enable and empower community members to take ownership in the future of their community.
• Remind ourselves of the power of community philanthropy, power of place and “love of
community” to cultivate a range of local philanthropic capital.

• The audience will better understand aspects of the emerging “connected age” and explore ways to undertake activities that stretch beyond asset development and traditional grant making to build more inclusive and resilient economies and communities.
• Embrace the root of philanthropy—love of humanity—in times of great distress for the entire global community and our most marginalized populations.
• Hear examples of pioneering community foundation programs that have enabling transformation change by looking at the bigger picture, taking a stand, building collaborative platforms and engaging and unlocking the energy of local community members to “be the change they wish to see.”


Andy Stoll, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Andy Stoll is a serial entrepreneur and a senior program officer at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he is responsible for the implementation and management of the Foundation’s ecosystem development strategy. Before joining the Kauffman Foundation, Stoll co-founded Seed Here Studio, a social good company specializing in building entrepreneurial ecosystems in unexpected places.

He is the co-founder of six entrepreneurial-focused organizations, most recently The Startup Champions Network, the nation’s first professional association for full-time innovation ecosystem builders. His past work includes projects with The Case Foundation, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and The Bohemian Foundation, building innovation ecosystems in technology, global health and music, respectively.

At the Kauffman Foundation, Stoll leads the ecosystem development strategy, most prominently the annual ESHIP Summit, the forthcoming Kauffman Ecosystem Playbook Series and multiple large-scale grant programs to support ecosystem building in communities across the United States.

Stoll is a regular speaker on entrepreneurship and ecosystem building; a global facilitator for Startup Weekend; and has taught entrepreneurship at Cornell College. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in business management and a Bachelor of Arts in communication and media production from The University of Iowa, as well as a Master of Arts in media cultures from The City University of Hong Kong.



James Head, East bay community foundation

James W. Head is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the East Bay Community Foundation. Before coming to the Foundation in 2014, he served for 10 years as Vice President for Programs at The San Francisco Foundation, where he spearheaded initiatives on race, equity, poverty, housing, economic development, and youth development.

James has more than 30 years of experience in philanthropy, nonprofit management and technical assistance; community and economic development; and public interest and civil rights law. Prior to joining The San Francisco Foundation, he was president of the National Economic Development and Law Center for 18 years.

Additionally, he served as legal counsel of the California Community Economic Development Association and has been a member of numerous foundation advisory boards, including the Open Society Foundation of New York and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation of Michigan. James served as a Commissioner on the Port Authority of Oakland from 2008 through 2015; leading the Commission as President from 2010 – 2011.

James holds a juris doctorate from the University of Georgia School of Law. He has been an adjunct professor at University of California at Berkeley’s Boalt School of Law, University of California at San Francisco’s Hastings School of Law, and University of Santa Clara’s School of Law.

James has lived in Oakland with his wife, Bernida Reagan, for more than 25 years.


Deanna J. James, St. Croix Foundation for Community Development

Deanna James has served as President of the St. Croix Foundation for Community Development since 2014. She has held a number of executive level positions at the Foundation over her 16 years of service, overseeing general operations, grantmaking, and program development.

Working intimately with almost every local public sector agency, a cadre of private sector partners, and a host of civic organizations throughout the Territory. She also serves on a number of Governmental councils and advisory boards. Today, Deanna is leading the Foundation in fulfilling its core philanthropic mission, with an ambitious programmatic agenda focusing on the Territory’s social transformation through strategic initiatives surrounding whole-system education reform, workforce development and civic capacity building.

Deanna is a native of the Virgin Islands, is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Lehigh University as well as a Master of Arts degree in Public Communications from American University in Washington D.C.  She has held a number of positions in Public Relations and Human Resources in the Virgin Islands and on the U.S. mainland.


Sarah Owen, Southwest Florida Community Foundation

Sarah Owen, president & CEO of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, leads a passionate and diverse team dedicated to cultivating regional change for the common good.  The Foundation is committed to connecting  the community through conversations and action that creates sustainable positive change and leveraging the funding to make those changes a reality.

Her journey into the non-profit sector followed a career in investor relations, public relations and corporate communications.  She worked for publicly traded companies on the New York Stock Exchange as well as private companies throughout the Southeastern United States.  Her corporate experience was in the automotive and engineering industries and Sarah was sought out by innovators and entrepreneurs developing emerging technologies to create strategic communication plans. 

Sarah brings this focus on innovation to her work at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.  In concert with a visionary Board of Trustees, Sarah is guiding the Foundation in reimagining its role in the region.  In 2017, Sarah oversaw the execution of a public private partnership with the City of Fort Myers to create Collaboratory, a $10.5 million project funded with New Market Tax Credits that opened in late 2018. Collaboratory comprises the rejuvenated 1920s Atlantic Coast Line Railway depot and a technologically advancted 14,000 square foot addition designed to support the vital work the region’s nonprofit organizations, businesses, residents and visitors.

In addition, Collaboratory received LEED GOLD certification using the LEED v4 Building Design + Construction: New Construction rating system and was the first in the state of Florida to receive certification under the new more rigorous process.

Through her leadership, the Foundation has become laser-focused on regional issues affecting the quality of life in Southwest Florida, gathered hundreds of community leaders and stakeholders around these issues, and has grown the Foundation’s assets to become one of the largest funding organizations in the region.   With a commitment to measure the sustainable impact of the Foundation’s efforts, she led the effort to align the organization’s cause areas  with global Sustainable Development Goals.

Sarah shares her leadership at the national, state and regional level. She serves as immideiate past chair of the Community Foundations of Florida (a member group of Florida Philanthropic Network), she is Florida delegate for the National Vision 20/20 Initiative,  and serves on the Healthy Lee Executive and Steering Committees.  The News-Press named Sarah their 2016 Person of the Year.

A graduate of Florida Southern College and the University of South Florida, Sarah holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education as well as certifications in environmental engineering from University of Florida’s TREEO Center. She is married to David Owen and they have successfully launched their two adult kids out of the house and have become Boilermakers fans while their youngest attends Purdue University.


Jay Williams, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Since July 2017, Jay Williams has served as president of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the community foundation for the 29-town Greater Hartford region, and one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the country. 

During his time at the Foundation, Williams has been working to build stronger relationships between the Foundation and the local communities it serves. He is currently leading the Foundation’s efforts to address disparities in our communities based on race/ethnicity, place and income in order to make opportunities more available to everyone.

Prior to coming to the Hartford Foundation, Williams served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development where he led the federal economic development agenda for the United States. He brings experience and knowledge in capacity building, workforce readiness, economic security and urban revitalization.

Mr. Williams also served as Deputy Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House where he was the principal liaison between the President of the United States and local elected officials. Previously, he served as the executive director of the federal Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers. Williams came to Washington, DC after serving as Mayor of the City of Youngstown, Ohio for over five years where he helped lead regional economic development initiatives to improve the city’s global competitiveness. Prior to being elected Mayor, Williams led a Community Development Agency in Youngstown.


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