On Thursday, October 26, 2017, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy joined San Diego Grantmakers and Southern California Grantmakers in co-sponsoring this Northern California Grantmakers session, “Wisdom from the Front Lines: Lessons for Disaster Planning.”

The devastating impacts of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma vividly demonstrated the urgency of community needs and the long-term nature of recovery. They also reminded us that we need to prepare for the risks we face in the Bay Area and, for those funders that provide support beyond our local area, to be ready to respond strategically to disaster needs elsewhere.

In this session on disaster planning, we heard from two philanthropic leaders about the disaster plans of their institutions – their plans to support communities, recover their own operations, and collaborate with other funders. Our speakers shared lessons from multiple disasters in the Monterey area in recent years, the devastating flood which struck Cedar Rapids in 2008, and recurrent hurricanes along the Gulf Coast.


Dan Baldwin has led the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) as President/CEO since 2010. He is responsible for growing and stewarding the CFMC’s philanthropic resources to meet the changing needs of Monterey County.

Kellie Duhon joined Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Louisiana as a Community Relations Consultant after serving in government and nonprofit management for over ten years. She most recently served as Chief of Staff to First Lady Supriya Jindal and Executive Director of The Supriya Jindal Foundation for Louisiana’s Children.

Moderator – Andrea Zussman is the Manager of Regional Vibrancy and Sustainability for Northern California Grantmakers where she develops and manages NCG’s Disaster Resilience, Relief, and Recovery program to bolster the knowledge, capacity, and systems of Northern California’s philanthropic sector for disasters She is an accomplished innovator, dedicated leader and skillful problem-solver with more than 25 years in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.