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Community Foundation Welcomes New Staff

Thursday, May 12, 2011 General News J E 4
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Professionals add skills, strength and energy to development, health care, and marketing and communications

LOS ANGELES, May 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California Community Foundation (CCF) has announced the addition of three professionals to its staff: Nicole Baker as vice president of charitable business development, Moraya A. Moini as program officer of health care, and Barbara Lee as media specialist.

Nichole Baker brings over 15 years executive experience in financial and investment advising for high net worth individuals and businesses in addition to charitable trust account management. Most recently, she served as the senior director of philanthropic services at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, responsible for gift planning and donor relations departments. Baker, a member of the PPP-LA and LA5 Rotary Club and a director of the Knudsen Foundation, is providing strategic leadership at CCF in all aspects of asset development, client acquisition and donor relations.

Moraya A. Moini has more than 12 years experience as a consultant and program specialist in the health care field, with such clients as the Charles R. Drew University Clinical Research Center, First 5 LA's Healthy Births Initiative, UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute and Health Services Research Center.  She holds a master's in public health from the University of Southern California, and is a member of the American Public Health Association (APHA) as well as a doula and lactation educator.  Moini is providing CCF with strategy development, program design and management of health care investments and initiatives which include a grantmaking portfolio of approximately $4 million each year.

Barbara Lee brings insights and expertise in communications and marketing to the community foundation.  Prior to joining CCF, she developed and managed PR and social media campaigns at agencies for Fortune 500 companies in the telecom, sports, pharmaceutical, technology, entertainment and other arenas. A member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Lee is managing and helping build the brand and reputation of CCF through traditional media and new media spaces.

"These new appointments help us fulfill our mission of strengthening communities and building a brighter future for Los Angeles County through philanthropy and civic engagement," said Antonia Hernandez, president and CEO of the community foundation.

For more information about California Community Foundation, visit our website and follow us on Facebook.    

California Community Foundation (CCF) is a public, charitable organization serving Los Angeles County in multiple capacities since 1915.  It encourages philanthropy by individuals, families, companies and organizations, and serves as a steward of their charitable funds and legacies.  It also makes grants to nonprofits in the arts, education, health care, housing and neighborhoods, and human development, and collaborates in addressing the needs of vulnerable populations such as adults with developmental disabilities.  In addition, it actively engages in community problem solving with business, civic, government and other organizations.  For more information, visit www.calfund.org.

Contact: Raul Garza, Director of Marketing and CommunicationsPhone:  (213) 413-4130 ext 229    E-mail:  rgarza@ccf-la.org

SOURCE California Community Foundation

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