About Us

Our mission is to inspire, encourage and to facilitate charitable giving for lasting impact on those who live in the San Fernando Valley and Santa Clarita Valley.

As a small community Foundation that is locally funded, we have big plans to add paid staff in the Fall of 2022 that will allow us to grow and exponentially expand our grantmaking, branding, program initiatives and paid staff over the next few years. Over the past few years, we have accomplished the following:

  • Raised funds and distributed grants to 20 San Fernando Valley and Santa Clarita Valley nonprofits as part of our 2020 COVID-19 Emergency Relief Campaign.
  • Organized a well-received regional conference, Homelessness and Housing, in December 2021 which was co-hosted with the Valley Economic Alliance. View the conference highlights.
  • Hosted a workshop on the tax benefits of charitable giving which was attended by financial advisors, certified public accountants and nonprofit development professionals in January 2022.
  • Created a five year strategic plan (2022 through 2027) to guide us into the future.


Through our financial partner, the California Community Foundation (“CCF”), we have access to many of their financial investment services and can offer our donors maximum financial benefit simply not available to local donors anywhere else. For more information about the California Community Foundation, please visit www.calfund.org.

Executive Director - Marianne Haver Hill

Marianne Haver Hill is a visionary leader who emphasizes innovation, collaborative decision-making, and excellence that lead toward transformational social change.  She is currently the Executive Director of the Community Foundation of the Valleys, leading the implementation of a bold new strategic plan for 2022-2027 for CFV.  The Plan is designed to inspire a culture of greater generosity in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys, to foment increased charitable giving to our local nonprofits, and to convene SVC/SCV sectors to work together on some of our region’s greatest social challenges.

For almost three years, she was the Executive Director of PROPEL LA – the implementation of the Countywide Strategic Plan for Economic Development, housed at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation.  She supervised a team that worked with more than 500 stakeholders as they operationalized the Plan’s seven aspirational goals and 106 strategies that focused on investing in education and workforce development, creating more livable wage jobs, and building livable communities.  The fundamental purpose of the Strategic Plan was to promote greater equity and prosperity for all residents who live in the region.  Significant progress and completion were charted on 100 of the strategies, and several Plan-related and grant-funded projects were successfully completed.

Previously, Hill served for many years as the President and CEO of MEND–Meet Each Need with Dignity, a multi-service poverty relief agency in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. Under her leadership, MEND assisted an average of 37,000 applicants monthly, utilizing a volunteer work force of more than 5000 and a staff team of 34 individuals.  In July 2012, MEND was named the California Nonprofit of the Year by the Governor’s Office for Volunteering and Service.  

She is currently active in leadership roles in several regional and local organizations.

Marianne is the recipient of the 2017 Valley Economic Alliance Valley of the Stars Leadership Award, the 2013 Center for Nonprofit Management Leadership Impact Award, the 2008 California Association of Nonprofits Excellence in Leadership Award, and several other commendations.  She has been an adjunct instructor in nonprofit management at the USC Price School of Public Policy.

 

Leadership

2023-24 Board of Directors

William Wolf

Chair

CPA, Partner Emeritus Baker Tilly

Heath Goldman

Vice President

CEO, ICON Wealth & Legacy Partners

Michael Koch

Treasurer

Executive Director, Southern California Counseling Center

Jocelyn Guihama

Secretary

Director of Administration & Experiential Learning, UCLA Luskin Undergraduate Program of Public Affairs

Marianne Haver Hill

Executive Director

Community Foundation of the Valleys

Sonja Kay Blake

Member at Large

CEO, Valley Economic Alliance

Melissa Kham

Member at Large

Vice President Strategic Relations, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp

Muhannad Malki

Member at Large

Partner and Shareholder, IOA Insurance Services

Board of Advisors

Thomas E. Backer, Executive Director
Valley Nonprofit Resources, CSUN

Heather Barrett

Kafi Blumenfeld, CEO
Alisyo

Tamara Gurney, CEO and Founder
Mission Valley Bank

Carol Kim

Alfred Landegger, Principal Managing Partner
Landegger Verano & Davis

Pegi Matsuda
On Board Consulting

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

We believe that all people deserve to live with dignity and respect. We work to ensure all communities in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys have the resources they need to thrive. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for all Valley residents and recognize that some people have historically experienced and continue to experience discrimination, injustice and unequal access to basic resources, community spaces, economic opportunities. We believe our overall effectiveness is enhanced when equity and inclusiveness are practiced and protected throughout our organizational governance and staffing. We are, therefore, committed to being a catalyst to promote diversity, equity and inclusion across the many communities we strive to serve.

William Wolf

Chair

Bill is currently Chairman of the Board of the Community Foundation of the Valleys. Previously, he served as Treasurer for 9 years. A few years ago, Bill retired from Baker Tilly, a national accounting firm. He was the managing partner of the Encino office and provided tax and accounting service to businesses and high net worth individuals. He also led the non-profit industry services group at the firm. One of Bill’s specialties was helping clients save income taxes by utilizing techniques that involve charitable contributions, such as charitable remainder trusts, where the tax savings often exceeded the gift to charity. He also promotes donor advised funds as a simple way to save taxes. He enjoys testifying as an expert witness regarding tax matters, damages, valuations, fraud, trust accounting issues, and standard of care for tax professionals.

Bill and his wife, Therese, live in Sherman Oaks. They still live in the same home that they purchased 48 years ago. They raised two boys here and are now the proud grandparents to seven grandchildren, whom they try to visit as often as possible in Cleveland and Seattle. Bill has worked as a CPA in the Valley since 1990. He has had a successful career in the Valley and wants to give back to Valley residents in need of help, hence his involvement with the CFV.

Bill has been an avid boater most of his life. Lately, he spends much of his time cruising Mexican waters on his power boat during the winter and enjoying SoCal waters during the summer.

Heath Goldman

Vice President

Heath Goldman is the President/CEO of ICON Wealth and Legacy Partners. Heath acts as your financial architect. Prior to joining ICON, Heath was a member of Sagemark Consulting’s Financial Planning team and worked for PaineWebber in their Private Client Group.

With his experiences, Heath is able to serve as a valuable resource to his client’s planning team by systematically addressing each need and helping to aid in achieving his client’s objectives before implementing specific recommendations. With his on-going commitment to community service in his life outside of the office, Heath is well versed to provide charitable planning advice in his daily discussions with clients.

Heath holds FINRA series 7, 63 and 65 registrations and is currently insurance licensed in CA (OB98871) and TX for life/health/disability.

Heath is a graduate of the University of Arizona, where he was a Rhodes Scholarship nominee. He is currently a board member (program chair) of The Association for Corporate Growth 101 chapter and a founding member and current President of Zeta Beta Tau Southern California Alumni Association. Heath is married to Wendy and they have two children, Sydney and Riley. Heath enjoys sports and traveling with his family

Michael Koch

Treasurer

Michael is a visionary business and non-profit executive. Michael has a proven track record creating and implementing innovative models and start-ups that are transformative and drive large-scale change, improve systems, and achieve greater social impact. Currently, Michael is the Executive Director of the Southern California Counseling Center (SCCC). Prior to joining SCCC, Michael was a Program Director at Community Partners. He helped develop a program to provide hospice care to individuals experiencing homelessness. Prior to Community Partners, Michael was President and COO of the UniHealth Foundation. He also co-founded CaliforniaKids, a non-profit that provided over 90,000 children access to the medical, dental, vision, and behavioral health care services they deserve. Michael is recognized as a champion and tireless advocate dedicated to promoting social justice, inclusion, and shaping public policy with the goal to reduce inequities and improve the health and well-being of under-resourced and vulnerable populations.

Michael grew up in the San Fernando Valley and is passionate about ensuring all residents of the Valleys have the opportunity to thrive.

Jocelyn Guihama

Secretary

Jocelyn Guihama is the Director of Administration and Experiential Learning for the UCLA Luskin Undergraduate Program of Public Affairs.

In addition to managing the program which serves up to 600 students, she oversees the major’s internship program which requires seniors to have a year-long placement in government agencies, nonprofits or community-based organizations. Previously, she was Deputy Director of the Institute on Inequality and Democracy, which supported programs and research on housing justice and criminal justice reform.

At UCLA, she also managed research on the nonprofit sector at the Center for Civil Society. Before joining UCLA, Jocelyn worked at various nonprofits serving youth and immigrants. Jocelyn has served as board chair of MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity), president of the Balboa Magnet Parent Association, and as a member of the advisory board for Cal State Northridge’s Center for Southern California Studies. She studied English and Chinese Studies at UC Berkeley and earned a Master’s in Public Policy from UCLA.

Sonya Kay Blake

Member at Large

Sonya Kay Blake is the President & CEO of The Valley Economic Alliance based in Sherman Oaks, California. In this capacity, she is a leading catalyst facilitating economic development in the San Fernando Valley region, a vital and burgeoning are comprising 5 cities, over 2 million residents and over 160,000 businesses. The Alliance’s activities include promoting business vitality, efficient mobility, workforce development, affordable housing, and other aspects of establishing and maintaining livable, sustainable, and equitable communities.

Prior to her leadership of the Alliance, Sonya served as Director of Community Business in Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Economic Development. Sonya has also served as CEO of the National Association of Women Business Owners – Los Angeles, Director of the Office of the Small Business Advocate in the office of former Governor Gray Davis, Assistant Dean of the USC Roski School of Fine Arts, and Director of Corporate Giving at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Sonya graduated from Yale University and the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management. She has lived in Valley Glen since 2003 with her husband, Stephen, and has three school-age children.

Melissa Kham

Member at Large

In her role as Vice President of Strategic Relations, Melissa Kham oversees membership, events, marketing and communications, as well as vital relationships with LAEDC Board of Governors, Executive Committee, government, philanthropy, and the larger external business community to ensure ongoing revenue and community support. Melissa and her team are responsible for the recruitment and retention of valued LAEDC members, sponsors, and donors that represent LAEDC’s mission to collaboratively advance growth and prosperity for all. The Strategic Relations team curates and leads groundbreaking initiatives, programs, and events including the annual Eddy Awards, Select LA Summit, Economic Forecast, Future Forums, and 88 Cities Summit. Melissa’s extensive experience of revenue generating activities and strategic planning ensure LAEDC’s ongoing success and infrastructure. Melissa and her team create and implement long-term strategies for funding opportunities and ensure consistent private and public growth.

Melissa has expertise in fundraising campaigns, donor cultivation, grant writing, event planning, marketing, external relations, public policy, and strategic planning. Throughout her career, Melissa has raised more than $55 million for grassroots and large nonprofit organizations that include PATH, Alzheimer’s Los Angeles, Youth Speak Collective, and Southern California Grantmakers.

Melissa enjoys being an ambassador, recruiter, and connector for the organizations with which she works. She also has considerable experience working with media in both English and Spanish. Melissa received her Bachelors of Art from Loyola Marymount University and her Masters of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management from the California State University Northridge.

Reach Melissa at melissa.kham@laedc.org

Muhannad Malki

Member at Large

Malki’s passion lies in serving nonprofit organizations, personally and professionally. He is a Partner and Shareholder at IOA Insurance Services, the 4th largest independent retail insurance agency in the U.S. Since joining Insurance Office of America in January 2018, he has applied his enthusiasm for nonprofits to his book of business, partnering with his clients to tailor their coverage to their niche needs. Malki has had the opportunity to speak on a panel at a PLUS event to share his expertise on exposures unique to nonprofits, as well as lead webinars regarding Employment Practices Liability Insurance and Cyber coverage. In his free time, he chairs the board of one nonprofit and is an Executive Planning Committee member of another.