CEO, The Center for Investigative Reporting

Joaquin Alvarado is the CEO of The Center for Investigative Reporting. Before joining CIR, he was senior vice president for digital innovation at American Public Media and founding senior vice president for diversity and innovation at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He also has been a strategic consultant for a number of leading media companies and nonprofits, including Univision, NBC News, the Ford Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He founded CoCo Studios, which promoted education and collaboration through game development for fiber and mobile networks. Alvarado was the founding director of the Institute for Next Generation Internet, which launched in 2005 from San Francisco State University. In 2004, he began the National Public Lightpath, advocating high-speed fiber-optic networks as the next generation of the Internet. Alvarado holds a bachelor’s degree in Chicano studies from UC Berkeley and an MFA from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. A veteran of many nonprofit boards, he currently serves on the boards of TechSoup Global and Consumer Reports. He is the co-author of the two-volume “Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art.”


President and CEO, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

Aaron Dorfman is president and CEO of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP), a research and advocacy organization that works to ensure America’s grantmakers and wealthy donors are responsive to the needs of those with the least wealth, opportunity and power. Dorfman, a thoughtful critic, frequently speaks and writes about the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in philanthropy, the benefits of funding advocacy and community organizing, and the need for greater accountability and transparency in the philanthropic sector. Before joining NCRP in 2007, Dorfman served for 15 years as a community organizer with two national organizing networks, spearheading grassroots campaigns on a variety of issues. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Carleton College, a master’s degree in philanthropic studies from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University and serves on the board of The Center for Popular Democracy.


Senior Program Officer, Tipping Point Community

Ed Center is passionate about ending poverty through education and equity. From running a student support center in the basement of San Francisco’s Balboa High School to marshaling strategy and resources for United Way of the Bay Area, his career has consistently focused on helping low-income youth thrive. Ed believes that leadership is the key to social change, and is delighted that his work at Tipping Point centers on supporting great leaders. Ed brings innovation, thoughtfulness and laughter to his work. He plays and coaches soccer, loves running around Lake Merritt, and cooks a mean barbecue. He studied English Literature at UC Davis.