Lunch Symposium

Hosted by the Levis Strauss Foundation


Transforming the Bay Area from the Grassroots Up:
How Bay Area Social Justice leaders are making the region a more equitable place for all.

The Bay Area is known as fertile ground for innovation in technology and social media. It is also the place where innovation in social justice has sparked significant social and political movements that accelerate change and inspire hope.

Introduction: Liz Maw, Net Impact
Moderator:  Luis Arteaga, Levi Strauss Foundation
Speakers:  Aparna Shah, Mobilize the Immigrant Vote and Terrence “Terry” Valen, Filipino Community Center

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Luis Arteaga
Sr. Program Manager, Levi Strauss Foundation

Luis Arteaga is the Senior Program Manager for the United States at the Levi Strauss Foundation (LSF).  Luis is responsible for domestic grantmaking addressing HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination as well as helping low-income people save and invest in long-term assets.  Luis also manages LSF’s hometown initiative, Pioneers 2020 which supports social justice organizations in San Francisco and Oakland.  Prior to joining LSF, Luis was Director of Emerging Markets at the California Emerging Technology Fund, a $60 million fund established to close the Digital Divide and help low-income households get online.  Luis served as the Executive Director of Latino Issues Forum, a non-profit public policy and advocacy institute.  Luis received a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and completed his undergraduate studies at Princeton University with a major in Politics.

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Aparna Shah
Executive Director, Mobilize the Immigrant Vote

Aparna has worked for social change and expanded democracy with immigrants, refugees, and young people of color for over 20 years. Under her leadership, Mobilize the Immigrant Vote has organized 11 statewide campaigns directly reaching 250,000+ immigrant, refugee, and youth voters. Prior to joining MIV in 2009, Aparna worked to advance the self-determination and reproductive justice of women, people of color, and queer communities and spent several years working to transform a public middle school into a vibrant youth and community center in San Francisco’s Mission District. Aparna is a Levi Strauss Foundation Pioneers in Justice Fellow, sits on the Board of the Brown Boi Project, and holds a Masters of Health Sciences from Johns HopkinsSchool of Public Health. 

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Terry Valen
Founding Organizational Director, Filipino Community Center

Terrence “Terry” Valen has been the founding Organizational Director of the Filipino Community Center (FCC) in San Francisco for more than 10 years.  Terry was also re-elected to a second term as the President of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), of which the FCC is an active associate member in the Northern California region.  Since publicly launching the FCC in 2004 in the Excelsior neighborhood of SF, he has fulfilled programmatic, resource development, strategic planning and evaluation, and various administrative roles at the center. He is a graduate of the UCLA School of Public Health with a Masters in Environmental Health Sciences and holds a Bachelor's Degree from Duke University in Environmental Science and Policy