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Healing Justice

Inspiration. Intentionality. Insight

We believe healing justice is an action and that as nonprofits, we should be actively working to transform the conditions that have caused harm.


The Summit is designed for the region's nonprofit organizations leadership, staff, and board members to engage in dialogue about how to meet the promises made in the nonprofit racial equity pledge, as well as to gain tools and learn strategies to advance racial justice and equity within their institutions and in our community. 


The second annual Nonprofit Racial Justice Summit created an environment for nonprofit leaders across Silicon Valley to: 

  • Renew our collective commitment to fight against systemic racism 

  • Reflect on and learn how we can do better as organizations 

  • Be inspired and move forward to co-create, centered by community, a racially just community

  • Gain tools for healing and dismantling institutions and practices that have caused harm 

  • Hear and share compelling examples of how institutions have used healing justice to advance racial equity

The Nonprofit Racial Justice Summit was a hybrid event scheduled for the week of Oct 31 - Nov 4, 2022. Some sessions were virtual (via Zoom) and some were in person (in San Mateo & Santa Clara counties).


The Summit is hosted by Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits (SVCN) and Thrive, The Alliance of Nonprofits for San Mateo County (Thrive Alliance).

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Purchase the Recorded Sessions Below
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Suggested Fees

A la carte (each session):

$5 members

$10 non-members

The Summit was a five-part series from October 31 - November 3

*Not sure if your organization is a member?

Check if your nonprofit is a current SVCN member or email Danna Elneil at for membership inquiries.

Check if your nonprofit is a current Thrive Alliance member email Keirstan Schiedeck at for membership inquiries.

Pricing: Pay What You Can

SVCN and Thrive Alliance are committed to making our Nonprofit Racial Justice Summit accessible to nonprofit employees who have been underrepresented in nonprofit leadership and management roles. For this year's summit, we have adopted a Pay-What-You-Can model.


Your registration fee allows SVCN and Thrive Alliance to continue bringing a racial justice summit to our nonprofit community. Please see the suggested fees for the Summit recordings.

Nonprofit Racial Justice Summit

Day One

Regional Pathways to Racial Healing

Monday, October 31, 10 am - 12 pm
Texas Instruments: 2900 Semiconductor Dr.
Building E, Santa Clara, CA 95051

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Last year, we held “A Candid Discussion with Local Equity Officers: The Future of Racial Justice in Government” at our Inaugural Nonprofit Racial Justice Summit and heard about new governmental departments supporting racial justice in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. This year, hear Dr. Rocio Luna (Deputy County Executive, Santa Clara County) and Shireen Malekafzali (Chief Equity Officer, San Mateo County) rejoin the Summit to reflect on the progress made by their offices over the past year, the challenges and opportunities for growth, and their visions for how we can create pathways to racial healing by leveraging our collective power and resources across sectors.

Presented by:

Dr. Rocio Luna, Deputy County Executive, Santa Clara County

Shireen Malekafzali, Chief Equity Officer, County of San Mateo

Recording Not Available for Purchase

Day Two

Art Is Healing (Redwood City)

Tuesday, November 1 at 3 - 5 pm

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Redwood City 

How is art healing the injustices of the world we know today? Thrive Alliance and San Mateo County Art Commission present an interactive in-person session at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative space.

Learn how art intersects with racial equity and what are the ways it has impacted our racial justice movement in the nonprofit sector.

Daly City Youth Poet Laureate Program poets Chloe Chou, Jescent Marcelino, and Hanna Docampo Pham will perform original poetry and engage the group in a collaborative poetry making session.

Casa Circulo Cultural will teach the group to make Mexican Paper Flowers, a traditional craft that has been a part of Mexican tradition for over 200 years and is especially significant during the upcoming Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration.

Enjoy the exhibit Expressions of Joy from seven local San Mateo artists curated by the Redwood City Arts and Parks Foundation and supported by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Art Is Healing (San Jose)

Tuesday, November 1 at 3 - 5 pm

SJSU Campus, SJSU Union Ballroom

How is art healing the injustices of the world we know today? Join us for this special collaboration to kick off San Jose State University's Transforming Communities: A Movement to Racial Justice Summit.


This celebration of art, music, culture and an honoring of Native American Heritage Month will feature live performances from local artists showcasing how they have channeled their art to heal themselves and their communities.

Recording Not Available for Purchase

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Day Three

Breaking Barriers & Building Power

Wednesday, November 2 at 11 am - 12 pm

Via Zoom

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Our panel will discuss how elected officials/commissioners of color have dealt with their position of power. You can expect to gain insight into these politicians' entry barriers in this session. What did it take to engage their community and raise voting among disenfranchised communities? They will discuss what it means to them to build power.

Moderated by: Marico Sayoc, Former Mayor of Los Gatos

Panelists include:
Amourence (Amo) Lee, San Mateo City Council
Darcie Green, Chief Executive Officer, Latinas Contra Cancer
Ellina Yin, Founder, Only in San Jose
Kalimah Salahuddin, Jefferson Union High School District Trustee

Spanish recording available

Day Four

Lived Experience Boards:

Why and How

Thursday, November 3 at 10 am - 11 am

Via Zoom


Healing Justice:
Applying a Trauma-Informed Model to Create an Anti-Racist Organizational Culture

Thursday, November 3 at 2 pm - 3 pm

Via Zoom

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During this panel discussion, we will learn how nonprofits have been able to transition to a lived experience advisory board. Join us to understand what it takes to have an advisory board hold power and how it has impacted their community.

Moderated by: Chad Bojorquez, Chief Program Officer, Destination:Home

Panelists include:
Aubrey Merriman, Chief Executive Officer, LifeMoves
Shana Peete, Chief Executive Officer, Center for Excellence in Nonprofits (CEN)
Susie Rivera, Vice President of Youth Voice | Executive Director of Santa Clara County, Fresh Lifelines for Youth

Nonprofit organizations often work with clients that have experienced cultural, political, and societal factors that contextualize trauma. It is important to recognize and understand the roles and actions we can take to promote healing and prevent future trauma. This workshop will provide an introduction to a healing trauma-informed organizational change model to practice cultural humility with staff as a facilitator of improved service delivery for clients from culturally marginalized communities.

Presented by:

Irma Zoepf, The Z Bridge, Founder and Principal 

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Spanish recording available

Spanish recording available


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