JSA Bay Area Fundraising Gala

Oct 15
Hosted by:The Junior State of Ameri...
October 15, 2017 at 5:30pm to
October 31, 2017 at 8:00pm
The Pearl SF map 601 19th Street San Francisco, CA 94107
Goal: $150,000
$95,640 4 64% Complete

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Civics Goes Digital: 21st Century Political Engagment

In today's digital world access to information has become simple and immediate, but everywhere we turn we see conflicting stories designed to entertain, engage, and even provoke target audiences. How can we best support a vibrant public life, meaningful participation, informed conversations and a representative government in these challenging times?
Join JSA and our panel of experts as we discuss these topics and more over dinner, drinks, and rooftop dancing at one of San Francisco's premiere event venues. Funds raised at the event support the Junior State of America and more than 10,000 high school students across the United States, preparing them to lead in a democratic society.

Loren Bendele

Loren Bendele is a serial entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Gell, a mobile/web platform that brings people together through civil discourse on issues that matter. This past summer more than 100 JSA students came together to serve as Gell Ambassadors to help launch the initiative. Prior to Gell, Loren was the co-founder and CEO of Savings.com which he led from launch in 2007 through acquisition in 2012 by Cox Media Group and continued to run within Cox until 2015. Savings.com was awarded the Best M&A Exit by the Los Angeles Venture Association in 2013, the Best Place to Work in Los Angeles by the LA Business Journal (three years in a row) and one of Inc. 500’s Fastest Growing Companies in America. Loren was also the founder of Favado, a grocery app that aggregates all the most popular sales and coupons for every major grocery store across the country. Favado earned over 2 million downloads in less than 2 years, 5 star user ratings on iOS and Android, a Net Promoter Score of 80 and grew to the largest nationwide database of grocer sales and coupons. Loren is also heavily involved in the K-12 public education system in Los Angeles. He is a board member and previous Board Chair of KIPP LA Schools, a high-performing network of fifteen charter schools in East LA and South Central. KIPP LA Schools are 99% students of color where 90% of students are on free or assisted government lunch programs. KIPP LA Schools consistently operates the top performing schools in all of Los Angeles Unified School District, and the top schools serving low-income communities in all of California. Loren, his wife and two children live in Los Angeles.


Marshall Tuck

Marshall Tuck believes in the power of public schools to change lives – and he’s spent the last 15 years working to make it happen. Tuck was most recently an Educator-in-Residence at the New Teacher Center (NTC), a nonprofit organization working with school districts to help develop and retain effective teachers and principals. In 2007, Tuck became the founding CEO of the nonprofit Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, a groundbreaking collaboration between the Mayor’s office and LA Unified School District to operate 17 struggling elementary, middle, and high schools serving 15,000 students. Under Tuck’s leadership, these schools raised four-year graduation rates by more than 60%, and had the highest academic improvement among California’s school systems with more than 10,000 students. Prior to that, Tuck served as President of the nonprofit Green Dot Public Schools, where he helped create 10 new public charter high schools in some of LA’s poorest neighborhoods. All of them outperformed local schools – and 7 have been ranked among the top high schools in America by U.S. News & World Report. Tuck is the son of a teacher, and a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Business School. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Mae, and their son Mason.


Lucy Bernholz (Moderator)

Lucy Bernholz is a Senior Research Scholar at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and Director of the Digital Civil Society Lab. She has been a Visiting Scholar at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and a Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, the Hybrid Reality Institute, and the New America Foundation. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including the annual Blueprint Series on Philanthropy and the Social Economy, the 2010 publication Disrupting Philanthropy, and her 2004 book Creating Philanthropic Capital Markets: The Deliberate Evolution. She is a co-editor of Philanthropy in Democratic Societies, to be published in August 2016 by the University of Chicago Press. She writes extensively on philanthropy, technology, and policy. 





Rachel Kaganoff Stern & Eric Stern 
James Lintott & May Liang 
GOLD SPONSORS - $10,000+
David Schellhase & Jeanine Thorpe
Lynne & Austin Henderson
Kathleen Taylor
Maureen Keefe
Scott Bekemeyer
Karen & Richard Prosser
Hanson Bridgett, LLP
Scott & Sharon Miller
Loren Bendele
Tom Warden
Bonnie & Daniel Germain
June Thurber Paine & Garrett Paine
Ken White & Brooke Deterline
Adrienne Torf










For questions about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Denise Cotton-Royal, at (650) 393-7664 or events@jsa.org.


Since 1934, the Junior State of America (JSA) has helped over 500,000 students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be active, informed and responsible citizens, voters and leaders. With its student-led, student-run school-year model and rigorous summer school programs, JSA allows students to experience first-hand the drama and power of politics as well as the challenges and responsibilities of leadership. JSA chapters serve as the center of political awareness at their schools and JSA conventions bring thousands of students together to share opinions and learn from each other. 

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