Network Building

Network Weavers

If Equal Voice Networks are the mortar in the growing family-led movement, Network Weavers are its masons, connecting families, groups, and community leaders around common agendas and actions.

Marguerite Casey Foundation believes that lasting change requires sustained collaboration among philanthropic organizations, communities, and families fighting for policy reform.Network-building is at the root of our grantmaking strategy. To connect our grantees across issues and across the communities they serve we’ve established Equal Voice Networks. These strategic multi-issue alliances empower grassroots nonprofit and community leaders to set their own local priorities, develop best practices, and share resources for improving the lives of low-income families.

A Critical Role

Network Weavers are tasked with getting and keeping regional networks working by helping members identify mutual interests and issues, share information, and strengthen relationships to expand their collective impact. It is a broad and subtle role that covers everything from setting meeting times to establishing priorities. Sometimes, a Network Weaver’s most important job is getting members in the same room on a regular basis, and then simply listening.

Current Network Weavers

Southwest

Amber Diaz – Shupla
Equal Voice New Mexico
Host Organization: SouthWest Organizing Project
Albuquerque, NM

Cemelli de Aztlan
El Paso Equal Voice Network
Host Organization: ACLU Foundation of Texas
El Paso, TX

Christina Patiño Houle
Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network
Host Organization: ACLU Foundation of Texas
Brownsville, TX

Juanita Molina
Arizona Equal Voice Network
Host Organization: Arizona Community Action Association
Tucson, AZ

West

Lucia Vasquez
Central Valley Equal Voice Network
Host Organization: Radio Bilingüe
Fresno, CA

Donna Bransford
Bay Area Equal Voice Coalition
Host Organization: California Child Care Resources and Referral Network – Parent Voices
Oakland, CA

Rebekah Hook-Held
San Diego Equal Voice Network
Host Organization: San Diego LGBT Community Center
San Diego, CA

Sally Lew
Equal Voice for Southern California Families Alliance
Host Organization: Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Midwest

Ed Shurna
Chicago Equal Voice Network
Host Organization: Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Chicago, IL

South

Fallon McClure
Georgia Equal Voice Network
Host Organization: ProGeorgia State Table
Atlanta, GA

Karen Woodall
Equal Voice for Florida’s Rural Families Network
Host Organization: Hope CommUnity Center
Apopka, FL

Natilee McGruder
Alabama Equal Voice Network
Host Organization: Alabama Institute for Social Justice
Montgomery, AL

Tanya Torp
Kentucky Equal Voice Network
Host Organization: Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky
Hazard, KY

Valencia Gunder
Equal Voice for Urban Florida
Host Organization: New Florida Majority Education Fund
Apopka, FL

TBD
Louisiana Equal Voice Network
Host Organization: Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights
New Orleans, LA

TBD
Mississippi Equal Voice Network
Host Organization: Southern Echo
Jackson, MS

TBD
Arkansas Equal Voice Network
Host Organization: Arkansas Public Policy Panel
Little Rock, AR

National

Chrissie Castro
Native Voice Network
Host Organization: Native American Youth and Family Center
Los Angeles, CA

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