Southern California Grantmakers Announces New Board Members

         Southern California Grantmakers Announces New Board Members

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 23, 2013

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The Board of Directors
of Southern California Grantmakers (SCG), a regional association of
philanthropic leaders working to support and advance effective grantmaking and
drive innovative strategies for community problem solving, is pleased to
welcome three new members to its Board. SCG's new Board members are: Melissa
Harman, partner at Moss Adams, LLP and senior manager of the Moss Adams
Foundation; Deidre Lind, director of corporate affairs for Mattel, Inc. and
executive director of the Mattel Children's Foundation; and Deborah M. Ives,
vice president and treasurer of the Weingart Foundation.

"This is an exciting time for SCG," said Board Chair Carl Ballton. "Our new
Board members bring diverse, inspiring perspectives and wide-ranging
philanthropic experiences, as well as significant achievements in their fields
of expertise." Ballton added, "Each of these highly qualified individuals will
be invaluable as we continue to build a bold new vision for our organization."

In her role as a certified public accountant, which she has held since 1998,
Melissa Harman provides professional services to a broad variety of
nonprofits, primarily institutions of higher education, private foundations
and other nonprofit organizations.

Deidre Lind is responsible for leading Mattel's global sustainability programs
and philanthropic presence both nationally and internationally in support of
building Mattel's reputation as a responsible corporate citizen. She
previously served as Kaiser Permanente's California Division associate
director for government and community relations andworked on social policy
for the chief of staff to Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan.

Currently vice president and treasurer of the Weingart Foundation, Deborah
Ives has served at the Foundation since 2002 and possesses more than 22 years
of nonprofit financial management experience. Prior to her role with the
Foundation, she worked at the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, starting as
vice president of finance and administration in 1992, and becoming the
Association's president in 2001.

The SCG Board's 2013 officers are: Chair Carl A. Ballton, president and chief
operating officer, Union Bank Foundation; Vice Chair Kafi Blumenfield,
president and chief executive officer, Liberty Hill Foundation; Treasurer
William H. Ahmanson, president, The Ahmanson Foundation; and Secretary
Jennifer M. Lynch, director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Paramount
Pictures. The SCG Board recently announced the appointment of Christine Essel
as the organization's new president, effective February 1, 2013.

About Southern California Grantmakers

Founded in 1973, Southern California Grantmakers (SCG) is a membership
association comprised of private sector grantmakers, which includes
independent foundations, family foundations, corporate foundations and giving
programs, community foundations, public foundations, private operating
foundations and individual philanthropists.

SCG serves as a common voice for a diverse and vibrant community of
philanthropists bound by a shared desire to make a difference by strengthening
underserved communities, enhancing people's lives and building a better
future. Members represent Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and
Ventura counties.

SOURCE Southern California Grantmakers

Contact: Susan Dunn, Southern California Grantmakers, +1-818-762-4708 -
office, +1-818-384-7781 - mobile
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