This year’s conference will feature:Stressed and Stretched: The Recession, Poverty, and Human Services Nonprofits in Los Angeles 2002-2012 – Report FindingsThe Advocacy Challenge: Framing the Needs of Human Services Nonprofits by Franklin D. Gilliam, Dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public AffairsRe-considering Partnerships and Consolidation by David La Piana, Founder of La Piana ConsultingParticipant Discussions and NetworkingThis event is free, but seating is limited. RSVP by January 20th by submitting your information below. About our expert panelistsFrank Gilliam is the Dean of the UCLA School of Public Affairs and Professor of Public Policy and Political Science. He most recently served as the first ever Associate Vice Chancellor, Community Partnerships in the University of California system (2002–2008). His research focuses on strategic communications, public policy; electoral politics, and racial and ethnic politics. He was the Founding Director of the Center for Communications and Community at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Grinnell College, and the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. In addition, he taught with former Vice President Al Gore at Columbia University, Fisk University, and Middle Tennessee State University. He is a Senior Fellow at the FrameWorks Institute and was a Visiting Scholar at Brandeis University. He received his B.A. from Drake University and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.David La Piana is the founder of La Piana Consulting, a national firm specializing in solutions to the strategic issues faced by nonprofit organizations and their funders. Recognized as a leading expert on nonprofit management and governance, David has worked extensively with funders and nonprofits across sub-sectors. He has also taught at the University of San Francisco’s Institute for Nonprofit Organization Management and at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. A popular speaker and teacher, David is a regular contributor to the national dialogue on nonprofit and foundation effectiveness. He has written articles and op-eds for major newspapers, and is frequently interviewed by the media for his opinions on trends in the sector. AcknowledgementsThe State of the Nonprofit Sector Report and Conference are made possible by the The James Irvine Foundation and by the Weingart Foundation.