Philanthropy Now podcast: California’s redistricting revolution

SVCF supports California Common Cause through our civic participation grantmaking strategy. California Common Cause advocates for independent commissions to draw district lines for local elections.

In this episode, SVCF’s Civic Participation Program Officer Jack Mahoney talks with Rey Lopez-Calderon, Executive Director of California Common Cause, and Menlo Park community activist Pamela Jones, about California’s local redistricting revolution and how district elections can be one path towards better representation.

The Philanthropy Now podcast series explores trends in the world of philanthropy, dives into social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and looks at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.


Pamela Jones, Menlo Park community activist, Jack Mahoney, SVCF Civic Participation Program Officer,
and Rey Lopez-Calderon, California Common Cause Executive Director


What you will learn:

  • Legislation that might solve local election issues.
  • How California is a leader in making radical changes in the election process.
  • The reason behind the lack of racial diversity in many communities and what is being done to increase representation.
  • How redistricting and representation link to the census.

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