• Conway Collis

    President & CEO

    As founding President/CEO of GRACE/End Child Poverty CA, Collis led GRACE and End Child Poverty CA from inception in 2013 through 2021. He led the 2018 development and implementation of a comprehensive evidence-based child and family poverty plan for California. $4.8 billion per year of the plan’s funding recommendations have been adopted, resulting in over 290,000 children and families moving out of poverty in California and an additional 115,000 out of deep poverty in 2019-20.

    Collis formed the End Child Poverty CA Coalition, co-chaired by Dolores Huerta with 173 organizations as members, to support advocacy for these and subsequent child and family poverty proposals.

    Collis was previously Senior Counsel and Chief Public Policy Officer for the Daughters of Charity Health System where he created and guided enactment of state non-tax revenue legislation and required federal approval that has provided $40 billion to serve Medicaid patients in CA.

    As an elected member and Chair of the California Tax Board, he directed reform of the state sales and income tax bureaucracies, sponsored successful measures including the Taxpayers Bill of Rights, tax code enforcement of laws against discriminatory practices, and childcare tax credits.

    Previously he was a Counsel on the U. S. Senate Committee on Labor and Public Welfare working on domestic social programs and related issues.

    Before joining the Mayor’s Fund, Conway served as Senior Advisor to GRACE/End Child Poverty CA and President of CaliforniaTomorrow, focused on the development and funding for comprehensive place-based anti-poverty programs and funding for anti-recidivism organizations.

    Collis was the founding Board Chair of the National Foster Youth Institute from 2012-2021, now serving on the Board, co-chaired the CA Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force and chaired the State Senate Bi-Partisan Task Force on Homelessness.

    He is a graduate of Occidental College and Stanford Law School.

  • Naomi Jefferson

    Vice President, Finance & Development

    Naomi is the founder of NEJ Consulting LLC, a boutique development firm. Prior, she was Vice President at Capital Strategies where she served as a lead national fundraiser for Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s historic re-election, as the national finance director for then-Congresswoman Karen Bass, and as the finance director for an Independent Expenditure (IE) effort to successfully elect Karen Bass as the first woman Mayor of Los Angeles. In addition, Naomi fundraised for other notable clients including: Speaker Emeritus Nancy Pelosi & the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), Democratic House Leader Hakeem Jeffries, U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock, and House Majority PAC (HMP).

    Naomi also spent several years as the Northeast & Abroad Finance Director at the DCCC, and as an philanthropic advisor to several high net-worth donors. She began her career working for the first woman mayor to be elected in Manchester, New Hampshire: Joyce Craig.

    A proud graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Naomi holds an M.A. in International Relations. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her partner Alex and their adopted cat.

  • Anthony Foster

    Vice President, Programs & Policy

    Anthony Foster is the Vice President, Programs & Policy at the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles. He comes to the Fund after serving at two of Los Angeles leading non-profit organizations. He was most recently Director of Major Gifts at the Community Coalition in South Los Angeles, where he helped lead special projects, event curation and a diversified major gifts program. Anthony previously worked on a boys and men of color initiative at the Liberty Hill Foundation. A native Angeleno, Anthony holds a Master’s in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. In his free time, he enjoys cycling across the Los Angeles area.

  • Brettany Tucker

    Director of Administration & Strategic Initiatives

    Prior to joining the Mayor’s Fund, Brettany worked in philanthropic strategy consulting, and non-profit technical assistance and grant-making capacities in New York, Ohio, and her home state of California.  Brettany’s an avid researcher of how innovation and entrepreneurship can be scaled at the nexus of the private, public, and non-profit sectors.  During her graduate studies, Brettany engaged in a 10-day market research trip to Rwanda, while spearheading a go-to-market strategy and positioning for a community-owned agribusiness.  Prior, as a Fulbright Scholar in Colombia, she conducted research across urban cities and rural towns to measure the correlation between happiness and monthly incomes of respective citizenry.

    A proud polyglot, Brettany is Bilingual in Spanish, proficient in French, and conversational in Mandarin.  She holds an MPA from Cornell University and a BA in Economics from FIU.

  • Christian Altamirano

    Development Coordinator

    Christian Altamirano is the Development Coordinator at the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles. Prior to joining the Fund, Christian was Executive Coordinator at America Votes directly managing the day-to-day operations for both the President and Executive Director. In addition, Christian helped manage the independent expenditures of congressional races across the country in the 2022 election with the House Majority PAC. He possesses a deep passion for civic responsibility with multiple national service stints in AmeriCorps and the title of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. He is a proud native of Southern California and an alumnus of The University of California, Los Angeles.

  • Jacqueline Horten

    Executive Assistant / Coordinator to the President & CEO

    As a seasoned Executive Assistant with extensive experience, Jaqueline brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to effectively support and enhance the productivity of executives and teams. Her career journey has been marked by a dedication to streamlining operations, managing complex schedules, and ensuring seamless communication within fast-paced environments.

    Jaqueline holds a strong educational foundation, having attended Antelope Valley College, which has provided her with a well-rounded understanding of various aspects of business and administration.

    Throughout her career, Jaqueline has honed her ability to coordinate and execute tasks with precision, making her adept at managing intricate production schedules, coordinating travel arrangements, and handling confidential information. Her experience has equipped her with a keen eye for detail, excellent organizational skills, and the ability to adapt quickly to evolving priorities.

    Jaqueline takes pride in her capacity to foster positive working relationships and maintain open lines of communication with colleagues, clients, and partners. She thrives in fast-paced, dynamic environments and is committed to upholding the highest standards of professionalism and efficiency.