Where Innovation
Meets Philanthropy

Orange County has one of the most beautiful landscapes in California. However, our community like many others is challenged by systemic health, housing, educational, economic, and opportunity disparities.

How can we close these gaps? At Advance OC, we aim to address these disparities by bringing community stakeholders together to invest in equity focused strategies.

We start by developing a Social Progress Index. Using 50+ indicators, we can measure, track, and map inequities in our community with neighborhood precision. Doing this enables us to identify root causes, understand social determinants, and help advance Orange County.

Advance OC’s mission is to use innovation and strategic philanthropy to address inequities in Orange County communities. We bring together leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to champion equity-oriented, data-driven strategies. With the right mix of innovation, resources, and community leadership, we can help realize a better Orange County for all.

Where
Innovation
Meets
Philanthropy

Orange County has one of the most beautiful landscapes in California. However, our community like many others is challenged by systemic health, housing, educational, economic, and opportunity disparities.

How can we close these gaps? At Advance OC, we aim to address these disparities by bringing community stakeholders together to invest in equity focused strategies.

We start by developing a Social Progress Index. Using 50+ indicators, we can measure, track, and map inequities in our community with neighborhood precision. Doing this enables us to identify root causes, understand social determinants, and help advance Orange County.

Advance OC’s mission is to use innovation and strategic philanthropy to address inequities in Orange County communities. We bring together leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to champion equity-oriented, data-driven strategies. With the right mix of innovation, resources, and community leadership, we can help realize a better Orange County for all.

Theory of Change

Data, action, and impact. That is how Advance OC is working to help Orange County communities thrive. We believe the first step to systemic change is to establish a common baseline. By utilizing data and measuring the real things that matter to real people, we can bring together community stakeholders to deploy targeted and innovative solutions to improve outcomes across all facets of life in Orange County. This approach to strategic philanthropy gives the Orange County community space to take risks, innovate, and actualize impact.

ABOUT US

Everyone on our team, from our leadership to our growing list of advisors, are community volunteers at heart. We are a roll up your sleeves, intellectually curious, and action-oriented bunch. Our immensely diverse team are also new thinkers of philanthropy, who come from a variety of different backgrounds: technology, finance, theology, publishing, law, public policy and healthcare. We seek talent from all walks of life, encompassing all points of view. If you share our vision for a better Orange County and want to contribute your talents to help, connect with us.

Board MEmbers

KATIE KALVODA

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Katie Kalvoda

Founder and CEO, G3 Ventures

Katie is founder and CEO of G3 Ventures, a nonprofit corporation specializing in impact investments, innovative philanthropy and community advocacy. Prior to this, Ms. Kalvoda was Chief Investment Officer of Newport Wealth Management. In that role, she managed a portfolio comprised of commercial real estate, private equity and marketable securities. Her achievements earned her many national and international awards including Angel Investor of the Year and Best Business Leader in Real Estate Investments. Katie is a Board Member of the California Health Facilities Financing Authority as an appointee of CA Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. She is also a Board Member of the Sisters of St. Joseph Healthcare Foundation and at Pacific Community Ventures, a CDFI that provides financial support and mentoring services to women and minority-owned small businesses across the United States.

NAZY FOULADIRAD

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Nazy Fouladirad

President and COO, Tevora Inc.

Nazy is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Tevora, Inc., a cyber security consulting firm, named one of the fastest growing companies in the US. Tevora works with some of the world’s leading companies, institutions and governments to ensure the safety of their information and their compliance with applicable regulations. With a distinctive combination of proven products and services, Tevora aids enterprises in protecting their most important assets from external and internal threats. Nazy is a generous community philanthropist contributing to local causes like the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. She is an active member of YPO, a global leadership community of 128,000 extraordinary chief executives in 142 countries.

SISTER THUY TRAN

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Sister Thuy Tran

Sisters of St. Joseph

Sister Thuy is a Sister of St Joseph of Orange. She is part of the Mission Integration team with Providence St. Joseph, formerly Director of Community Relations and trustee of the Sisters of St Joseph Healthcare Foundation. Sister Thuy is a well-respected community leader in the Diocese of Orange, spearheading different healthcare initiatives and always advocating for vulnerable communities. Sister Thuy launched The LOVE Project (Love our Vulnerable and Elderly) in partnership with many Asian American community based organizations to respond to the dire needs of isolated seniors in Orange County. She was also a key member of the Census 2020 Committee for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. Sister Thuy is passionate about serving the poor, the overlooked and those living on the margins. Her love of community was the catalyst for our work at Advance OC.

DAVID THRESHIE

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David Threshie

Director of Marketing and Digital Fundraising, The Salvation Army

David is Director of Marketing at the Salvation Army and founder of Thewonk.com, a digital communications and fundraising platform for nonprofits. David was previously a Board Member of Freedom Communications, Inc., where he served in multiple editorial and marketing roles. David enjoys elevating organizations through entrepreneurial marketing, sales and fundraising strategies, exceptional donor engagement, and compelling multi-channel messaging. He specializes in driving robust growth for top-tier and non-profit organizations by translating competitive industry knowledge to actionable roadmaps for success. David has a specific passion for helping organizations craft compelling stories, outperform projected goals, and positioning brands for continued growth.

NIOSHA SHAKOORI

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Niosha Shakoori

Founder of ClarusHR

Niosha is the founder of ClarusHR, has over fifteen years of experience as an in-house labor and employment attorney, most recently serving as the Chief Employment Counsel for CoreLogic. Niosha worked closely with the executive team and other HR leaders, providing support and guidance on enterprise-wide HR initiatives, goals, and processes. Niosha also provided guidance and information to the corporate board of directors and compensation committee. She provides counseling on HR matters including diversity, wellness programs, employment agreements, corporate culture, retention plans, equity award agreements, non-competes, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, ADA, and affirmative action plans. Among Niosha’s personal passions is a commitment to Human Rights where she works as a pro bono volunteer.

Advisory Board Members

Barry Ross

Regional Director, Community Health Investment, Providence St. Joseph Health, Southern California

Dr. Connie Bartlett

Pediatrics Specialist at the Heritage Medical Group

Ray Zadjmool

Chief Executive Officer, Tevora Inc.

Jeremy Elkins

Executive Director, Government Programs, St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare

Dr. Nikta Forghani

Pediatric Endocrinologist, CHOC Children’s Clinic

Katherine Amoukhteh

Retired Teacher of the Year Capistrano Unified School District; STEM, eSports and Youth advocate

Timothy Henderson

Senior Vice President at Bank of America Private Bank and Trusted Advisor to Families, Foundations, and Non-profits

Dr. Clayton Chau

Director of the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) and Orange County Health Officer

Shirish Dayal

Executive Vice President, Tarsadia Foundation

Kopitzee Parra-Thornton, Ph.D.

Director, Care Experience at Mission Hospital

Robert V. “Bobby” McDonald

President/CEO Orange County Black Chamber & Black Chamber Education Fund

padhraic smyth

Chancellor’s Professor, Department of Computer Science and Statistics, University of California, Irvine

Christopher Dennis

Founder of The Campus Culture Group and Equity Advocate

Suzanna Tashiro Choi

President/Owner at Tashiro Choi & Associates

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