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CaliforniaALL March 2009 Newsletter
CaliforniaALL March 2009 Newsletter

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Volume II, Issue 1March 2009
Building Pipelines from Pre-School to the Professions.”
The economy continues to spiral downward, and many are using these tough times as a reasonnot to focus on issues of education and diversity. But I love the saying that “tough times neverlast, but tough people do.” These are the times that call for toughness of spirit and action. Thefocus needs to be more than just the economy. I propose that we focus on what many considerour biggest crisis -- our failure to educate our students in a competitive world and globaleconomy.This morning I attended an Education Summit hosted by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.The research again validated the shocking numbers of Black and Latino students falling behindand the achievement gap continuing to grow. National speakers shared innovative ideas andbest practices and a dialogue between local and statewide leaders occurred about what couldhappen in Sacramento to change the direction of the education crisis.All of us are talking about what we can do for our children. Can we cure poverty? Probably not.Should we wait until we can cure poverty? If we do, then no action will take place. One of ourspeakers turned the focus by stating that “We will never fix poverty until we fix education.” That’sour answer. We must do what we can to fix education. That means business, government,educators and communities working together to meet the challenge. If we do not, our future is in jeopardy. The workforce needed to step into each of our places will not be available. We cannot wait until the economy turnsaround or until poverty is conquered. We must do it now.CaliforniaALL needs your help. Our first funded pipeline, the Saturday Academy of Law, graduated its first class on March 7 --50 ninth graders who now have a foundation of critical thinking skills that will continue to be nourished through high schooland on. CaliforniaALL needs you to help us fund these kinds of complete pipeline projects.Click on to our website atwww.calall.orgor email us atinfo@calall.orgif you want our future generations to be competent and successful. After all, we will need them to be successful as each of us leave those 9-6 jobs to drink mai tais on the beach.Someone has to take care of the store…and the better educated they are – the better our lives will be.Warm regards,SANTA ANA, CA—On Saturday, March 7th,2009, over 200 guests gathered at the DelhiCommunity Center to recognize the firstgraduating class of the UC Irvine SaturdayAcademy of Law. The six-week program, createdby UCI’s Center for Educational Partnerships wasmade possible by a grant from CaliforniaALL andthe Verizon Foundation.An inspirational welcome given by DeanChemerinsky, highlighted the importance of theFirst Amendment as graduating students proudlyunderstood and captured the message he soeloquently delivered.Each student received a certificate of merit andseveral outstanding leaders gave testimonials.The program was designed to introduce studentsto the field of law and strengthen their criticalreading and writing skills as well as publicspeaking. The students demonstrated theirnewly acquired skills as they gave firm handshakes and made eye contact with the Dean andtheir professors while receiving their certificates!
Dear Friends of CaliforniaALL:
Graduates of U.C. Irvine’s Saturday Academy of Law
L-Assemblymember Jose Solorio, (69thDistrict), R-Erwin Chemerinsky, FoundingDean, UCI School of Law
Spotlight 2CalALL Recognized 2News 3Staff Updates 3Upcoming Events 3Board of Directors 4Advisory Council 4Mission Statement 4Contact Information 4
Inside This Issue:
President/CEORuthe C. Ashley
Photos by Debra Paular Aban
 SACRAMENTO—The office ofAssemblymember Mike Davis and thelaw firm of DLA Piper, co-hosted areception honoring CaliforniaALL onJanuary 27th at the Tsakopoulos LibraryGalleria.The event highlighted the CaliforniaALLmission and vision to ensure a pipelineof individuals are prepared tosuccessfully lead California's economicand political future.
A presentation on the UC Irvine’sSaturday Academy of Law, whichrecently received a CaliforniaALL grant,provided guests with a meaningfulconnection to the work ofCaliforniaALL. Guests viewed slides of9th grade students from the Santa AnaUnified School District enjoying theirintroductory course to the legalprofession. Sharon Ito, News10 (ABC)anchor, served as Mistress ofCeremony for the event.
CaliforniaALL Recognized for Pipeline Diversity Work
Doug Scrivner
is general counsel forAccenture, a global management con-sulting, technology services and out-sourcing company. He is responsiblefor all legal support and is also principalcounsel to senior leadership and theboard of directors and leads the com-pany's legal organization. He alsoserves as corporate secretary and com-pliance officer and is a member of Accenture’s ExecutiveLeadership Team. In addition, he oversees the company'sgovernment relations function.Mr. Scrivner has participated and held leadership positions inseveral educational and professional organizations includingthe Board of Trustees, University of Denver; the Visiting Com-mittee, Second Century Campaign, University of Denver Col-lege of Law; the Board of Visitors, Sanford Institute of PublicPolicy Duke University, the Arts & Sciences Campaign Com-mittee, Duke University; and the Board of Trustees, Institutefor Clinical Social Work, Chicago.Mr. Scrivner received a bachelor of arts degree in political sci-ence and history from Duke University, a master of sciencedegree in international relations from the London School ofEconomics, and a juris doctorate from the University of DenverCollege of Law.
Maria del Pilar Avila
is Vice President ofMarketing for Palladium Equity Partners,LLC, one of the largest Hispanic-ownedfirms in the nation. Ms. Avila focuses onPalladium’s strategic marketing initiativesincluding managing investor relations.Ms. Avila served as founding ExecutiveDirector of New America Alliance whichfocuses on an economic capital agenda including the promotionof American Latino access to private equity/venture capital andthe financial industry, the inclusion of Latinos on corporate andpension fund boards, and investment in higher education ofAmerican Latinos in the fields of business and finance.From 1996 to 1999, she served as Vice President of Marketingand Events at the United States Hispanic Chamber ofCommerce. In 2006, Ms. Avila was recognized as one of the“20 Most Influential and Outstanding Hispanic Women inBusiness” by Hispanic Trends Magazine and she received theNew America Alliance Chairmen’s Leadership Award in 2004.Ms. Avila earned a Bachelor of Science in Business andHospitality Management from the University of Central Florida.
Douglas Scrivner Maria del Pilar Avila
CaliforniaAll Reception
Photos by Riverview MediaPhotography
January 2008
CaliforniaALL honored at reception fordiversity pipeline development work.
CaliforniaALL Quarterly Board Meetingheld in Sacramento on January 27th.
CaliforniaALL President/CEO announceslaunch of the Financial Services TaskForce.
February 2009
SEMPRA hosts luncheon to introduceCaliforniaALL and President/CEO to localbusiness and community leaders.
CaliforniaALL President/CEO attends theWall Street Hall of Fame Gala & Inductionin New York.
CaliforniaALL President/CEO speaks atthe American Bar Association (ABA) Mid-Year meeting in Boston.
CaliforniaALL completes first annualaudit. Final report to be presented atApril 2009 Board Meeting.
March 2009
UC Irvine Saturday Academy of Lawhonors first graduating students in SantaAna on March 7th.
CaliforniaALL President/CEO attendsEducation Summit hosted by SacramentoMayor Kevin Johnson.
Anne Stausboll, CEO of CalPERS to hostfirst face to face meeting of theCaliforniaALL Financial Services TaskForce (FSTF).
 Debra Paular Aban
has joined CaliforniaALL as the External Affairs Consultant. Ms. Aban is a recognized professionalin innovative education, community development , the media and public relations. As Educational Services Manager forthe Sacramento Bee, she was responsible for program development, funding, marketing and promotion for theNewspaper in Education program offered to schools throughout Northern California. She created state and nationalacclaimed programs including Hispanic Heritage sponsored by the Ford Foundation, Get Focused sponsored by VisionService Plan, Banking on Our Future sponsored by Wells Fargo, and the Weather Wizard program sponsored byNews10 (ABC). Ms. Aban spent 25 years with the Sacramento Bee, and most recently, served as managing editor forthe Asian Pacific American News & Review newspaper distributed to the Northern and Central Valley regions of California. She wasinstrumental in the development of several sections including Education, Senior Times, Voices, and Spotlight on Non-Profits.
Theresa Garcia
, former Assistant Secretary of Education for K-12 in California, has joined the team of CaliforniaALL asan Education Consultant. As Assistant Secretary of Education, she was primary advisor to the Secretary for Education onearly childhood and K-12 education policy and served on the state First 5 Commission. Ms. Garcia has worked on K-12and early education policy in California for the past 15 years and has advised local and statewide agencies and non-profitorganizations on public policy and advocacy. She served as Vice President for California Policy for Children Now, a stateand national children’s advocacy organization where she handled Education and Health policy projects, grant development, projectmanagement, and advocacy.
April 18, 2009April 21, 2009May 8, 2009Launch of Second UC IrvineSaturday Academy of Law inSanta AnaCaliforniaALLBoard Meeting in Los AngelesFinancial Services Task ForceMeeting CalPERS in Sacramento
Recent News:Staff Updates
Do you have questions or comments about CaliforniaALL events?
Contact us for more information:916.930.3222info@calall.orgwww.calall.org

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