California

Meet the Ascend community partners in California

NameCohortCityStateOrganizationURLgroup_hfilter
Abriendo Puertas/Opening DoorsLos AngelesAbriendo Puertas/Opening Doorswww.ap-od.org/ascend-network
Alameda Family ServicesAlamedaAlameda Family Serviceswww.alamedafs.org/ascend-network
Amber AngelStudio CityLAVC Family Resource Center & Ascend at the Aspen Institutelavcfamilyresourcecenter.org/psp-parent-advisors-2020 psp-community
Bananas Inc.OaklandBananas Inc.bananasbunch.org/ascend-network
Barry GribbonsVan NuysLos Angeles Valley Collegewww.lavc.edu/psp-leadership-circle psp-community
Black Star FundSacramentoBlack Star Fundblackstar.fund/ascend-network
California Polytechnic State UniversitySan Luis ObispoCalifornia Polytechnic State Universitywww.calpoly.edu/ascend-network
California State Polytechnic University – PomonaPomonawww.cpp.edu/ascend-network
Cara AleySan FranciscoSquare Pandasquarepanda.com/2012-ascend-fellows ascend-fellows
Catholic Charities Santa RosaSanta RosaCatholic Charities Santa Rosawww.srcharities.org/ascend-network
Children’s Institute, Inc.Los AngelesChildren's Institute, Inc.www.childrensinstitute.org/ascend-network
Colleen KraftLos AngelesAmerican Academy of Pediatricswww.aap.org/en-us/Pages/Default.aspxfp-advisors-2017 family-prosperity-innovation-community
Community Action MarinSan RafaelCommunity Action Marinwww.camarin.org/ascend-network
Community Action Partnership of Sonoma CountySanta RosaCommunity Action Partnership of Sonoma Countywww.capsonoma.org/ascend-network
Early Care & Education Pathways to Success (ECEPTS) dba Tikkun ConsultingOaklandEarly Care & Education Pathways to Success (ECEPTS) dba Tikkun Consultingwww.tikkunconsulting.com/ecepts-apprenticeships.htmlascend-network
Education Trust-WestOaklandEducation Trust-Westwest.edtrust.org/ascend-network
Families In SchoolsLos AngelesFamilies In Schoolswww.familiesinschools.org/ascend-network
Family StoryOaklandFamily Storywww.familystoryproject.org/ascend-network
For the ChildrenSanta Anawww.forthechildren.org/ascend-network
Imagine LALos Angeleswww.imaginela.org/ascend-network
Jesús Gerena, OaklandUpTogetherwww.uptogether.org/2021-ascend-fellows fp-advisors-2020 ascend-fellows family-prosperity-innovation-community
Jewish Vocational Services of San FranciscoSan FranciscoJewish Vocational Services of San Franciscowww.jvs.org/ascend-network
Katie AlbrightSan FranciscoSafe and Soundsafeandsound.org/2012-ascend-fellows ascend-fellows
Kwame AnkuSacramentoBlack Star Fundblackstar.fund/2018-ascend-fellows ascend-fellows
LAANELos AngelesLAANEwww.laane.org/ascend-network
Laura KohnEncinitasMission Driven Financewww.missiondrivenfinance.com/psp-national-advisor-phase-2 psp-community
Legal Aid at Work, San FranciscoLegal Aid at Work (CA)legalaidatwork.org/fp-partners-2017 fp-partners-2020 family-prosperity-innovation-community
Los Angeles Valley College Family Resource CenterValley GlenLos Angeles Valley College Family Resource Centerlavcfamilyresourcecenter.org/ascend-network
Marni RooseveltValley GlenLA Valley Collegewww.lavc.edu/psp-national-advisor-phase-2 psp-community
Meera ManiLos AltosThe David & Lucile Packard Foundationwww.packard.org/2012-ascend-fellows ascend-fellows
Mia BirdsongOaklandEconomic Security Projectwww.economicsecurityproject.org/2012-ascend-fellows ascend-fellows
Michaela MartinCovinaAscend at the Aspen Instituteascend.aspeninstitute.org/psp-parent-advisors-2020 psp-community
Mission Economic Development AgencySan FranciscoMission Economic Development Agencymissionpromise.orgascend-network
Nitzan PelmanBerkeleyClimb Hireclimbhire.co2018-ascend-fellows ascend-fellows
Oakland PromiseOaklandOakland Promiseoaklandpromise.org/ascend-network
Raise the BarrHawthorneRaise the Barrwww.raisethebarr.org and www.drivingforcegroup.orgascend-network
Reading and Beyond: Fresno Promise NeighborhoodFresnoReading and Beyond: Fresno Promise Neighborhoodwww.readingandbeyond.org/ascend-network
Root & ReboundOaklandRoot & Reboundwww.rootandrebound.org/ascend-network
Rynn SangoAuroraFamily Treewww.thefamilytree.org/psp-parent-advisors-2019 psp-community
Safe and SoundSan FranciscoSafe and Soundsafeandsound.org/ascend-network
San Diego Housing CommissionSan DiegoSan Diego Housing Commissionwww.sdhc.org/ascend-network
San Diego Workforce PartnershipSan DiegoSan Diego Workforce Partnershipworkforce.orgascend-network
San Jose Evergreen Community College DistrictSan JoseSan Jose Evergreen Community College Districtwww.sjeccd.edu/homeascend-network
Standard CommunitiesLos Angeleswww.standard-communities.com/ascend-network
Techbridge GirlsOaklandTechbridge Girlswww.techbridgegirls.org/ascend-network
Teen Success, Inc.MilpitasTeen Success, Inc.www.teensuccess.orgascend-network
The Cambodian Family Community CenterSanta AnaThe Cambodian Family Community Centercambodianfamily.org/ascend-network
The Dibble InstituteBerkeleyThe Dibble Institutewww.DibbleInstitute.orgascend-network
United Way of The Bay AreaSan FranciscoUnited Way of The Bay Areauwba.org/ascend-network
UpTogether, OaklandFamily Independence Initiativewww.uptogether.org/ascend-network fp-partners-2020 family-prosperity-innovation-community
Waukecha WilkersonMoreno ValleyCalifornia State University, Sacramentowww.csus.edu/psp-parent-advisors-2020 psp-community
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