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“Bridging the Gap” presented by TVNPA’s Anti-Poverty Collaborative

October 5, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us on Thursday,  October 5, 2023 for TVNPA’s Anti-Poverty Collaborative event,  “Bridging the Gap.”

“Bridging the Gap” is more than just an event; it’s a critical effort to confront and address the community’s multifaceted challenges surrounding poverty, healthcare, education, affordable housing, food security, and economic justice.

  • Star-Studded Panel: We are honored to have Dr. Tiana Moore, Policy Director of the Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative; Jim Pugh, co-founder of the Universal Income Project; and Dr. Larissa Estes White, Executive Director of the Racial Equity Commission with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. They will bring their in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience to enlighten us on combating poverty and inequity.
  • Interactive Discussion: Sheila Burks, Manager of Equity and Inclusion for the Alameda County Community Food Bank, will skillfully moderate a captivating panel discussion on these urgent topics.
  • Latest Updates and Breakthroughs: The program will include updates from TVNPA’s recently revised Data Profile: Just Getting by in the Tri-Valley. Additionally, Dr. Moore will share insights from her co-authored study, The California Statewide Study of People Experiencing Homelessness. Jim Pugh will discuss recent success stories from Bay Area basic income projects, and Dr. White will share her viewpoints on the significance of capacity building and policy change in support of nonprofits as a health equity and anti-poverty strategy.

Share this invitation to anyone interested including media, legislators, businesses, nonprofits, and individual change-makers who aim to understand these issues better and take active steps to make a difference in the Tri-Valley community.


Thank you to our sponsors for this event:




Tiana Moore, PhD, MS, MA, serves as the Policy Director for UCSF’s Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative and co-author of the recently released report on the California Statewide Study of People Experiencing Homelessness. As Policy Director, Dr. Moore translates academic research into evidence-based and actionable policy guidance. Prior to joining BHHI, Dr. Moore earned her PhD in Developmental Psychology, with a research focus on housing- and neighborhood- level influences on child and family wellbeing. Notably, her work has examined the influence of HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) on child wellbeing, resident engagement practices in public housing demonstrations, the effects of housing instability on health and academic performance, and the association between neighborhood incarceration rates and maternal-child health outcomes.



Jim Pugh is a co-director of the Universal Income Project, an organization devoted to the expansion of economic security and human dignity through the implementation of a universal basic income in America. He is also the founder and CEO of ShareProgress, and previously served as the Director of Analytics and Development for President Obama’s Organizing for America. Jim has a Ph.D. in distributed robotics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland.






Dr. Estes-White seeks opportunities to be a change agent and advance equity efforts through strategic partnerships, community-centric initiatives, and policy development. As an influential, conscientious, and results-oriented professional she leverages a “people-first” mentality to address equity issues head on.

Dr. Estes- White currently serves as Executive Director of the Racial Equity Commission in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR). Throughout her career she has exceled in executive leadership and program management roles within government and non-profit organizations committed to supporting, educating, and improving communities through philanthropic initiatives. She influences strategic thinking, program execution, and policy development by listening first, building consensus, and identifying opportunities for action. She is known for her keen insight and contributions to strategic business planning, inspiring and empowering teams, and delivering high-quality services.





Sheila joined Alameda County Community Food Bank in 2010 after a professional career that included almost 20 years’ work in financial services and affordable housing at Citibank and Fannie Mae, respectively.  In her current role as Manager of Equity and Inclusion, Sheila collaborates with partners to develop and advocate for policies and practices that address the root causes of hunger, including racism. Her role has been deliberately linked to the Food Bank’s equity and inclusion journey; building Community one conversation at a time because we cannot assume that “more diverse” necessarily translates into “more equitable.” She is currently focused on partnerships that address the ability of first-generation college students and formerly incarcerated individuals and their families to navigate to more stable and sustainable economic outcomes in which they can thrive. sheila is a passionate advocate for racial and economic justice and expanding access to ladders of success.



October 5, 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Bankhead Theater
2400 First Street
Livermore, CA 94550 United States
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Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance / TVNPA
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