More than 70 non-profit and civic leaders in the Pomona community met on March 10 with the new president and CEO of the California Community Foundation, Antonia Hernández, in an effort to strengthen ties between the city and the community foundation. Ron Vera, a director with the Los Angeles County Fair Association, hosted the evening reception.
Prominent San Gabriel Valley community leaders in attendance included Julie Boyton, executive director of Project Sister, Mike Driebe, director of development at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, Pam Morgan, executive director of the Pomona Chamber of Commerce, and former Superior Court Judge Tom Nuss. Also, Al Leiga, Claremont Community Foundation, Al Mason, McKinley Children’s Center and representatives from the Glendora Unified School District School Board, Claremont Unified School District, Mt. San Antonio Gardens, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Cal Poly Pomona, University of La Verne, Western University and the Los Angeles County Fair Association.
Hernández, spoke to guests about her desire to increase outreach to the city of Pomona.
“We want to be a partner and a vehicle for those who want to improve their community,” said Hernández. “We want to be known as an organization that truly makes a positive impact on all of the various communities that make up our diverse region.”
The community foundation has invested nearly $1 million in Pomona over the past five years, primarily through its scholarship and donor advised funds, special initiatives and discretionary grantmaking.
Under Hernández’s leadership, the community foundation aims to strengthen ties and build partnerships with the many diverse communities that make up our great region, including communities based on race, ethnicity or culture, sexual orientation or geographic location.
Established in 1915, the California Community Foundatiion, one of the largest and most active philanthropic organizations in Southern California, is dedicated to making grants to non-profit organizations serving the many communities of Los Angeles County. chinabnr.c