Philanthropy Now podcast: From the Governor’s Office - Kathleen Kelly Janus talks innovation and partnership

This past June, Governor Newsom named Kathleen Kelly Janus as his Senior Advisor on Social Innovation. This new position in the Office of the Governor elevates the role of philanthropic and nonprofit organizations as innovators and illustrates how our state’s philanthropy sector is poised to take cross-sector collaboration to the next level.

In this episode, Gina Dalma, SVCF’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy, speaks with Janus about the role of philanthropy in addressing social problems in a state with the fifth largest economy in the world and one of the highest rates of economic inequality in the country.

In our Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and we look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.


Gina Dalma, SVCF's Senior Vice President for Public Policy,
and Kathleen Kelly Janus Senior Advisor on Social Innovation.


What you will learn:

  • Kathleen Kelly Janus' background and vision for her new role in the Governor’s Office.
  • How she spends her time in Sacramento and out in the community.
  • How she defines “innovation” and why everyday people are often the best innovators.
  • The role of both philanthropy and business in supporting community-based solutions.

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