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Charlotte Rock

Charlotte Rock

Charlotte Rock

Administrative Assistant HOPE SF and Place

Why do you do what you do?

I am deeply inspired by my mother. As a lawyer, she represented abused and neglected children and later started her own center for families in northern California. Growing up at the center, I learned the importance of centering community voices to achieve better outcomes for all. After college I became a social worker working directly with diverse low-income families. Seeing the drastic inequities they faced, I knew I wanted to address social justice issues at a systems-level. Before joining SFF, I also worked in policy at the First 5 Association in Alameda and in immigration in San Francisco.

 

What drew you to the foundation?

I was drawn to the Foundation because of the impact philanthropy and grantmaking can have on communities. Specifically, SFF’s emphasis on community collaboration and the advancement of racial equity and economic inclusion stood out to me. With their equity agenda, SFF actively addresses oppressive systems and works towards long-term solutions. Although People and Power are also necessary grantmaking domains for achieving social justice, I was especially drawn to the Place team, because I had seen first-hand how critical safe and affordable housing is for individual, family, and community well-being.

 

How would you describe your role?

I assist the Place team with tasks that contribute to team functioning while streamlining systems and processes to be more efficient and effective as a pathway. I ensure that the Place team feels properly supported in order to do the work they need to support communities.

 

What inspires you?

I am inspired by my team, co-workers, partners, and the communities of the Bay Area. Seeing a unified front in this movement towards equity and justice consistently motivates me.

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