I.D.E.A. Council

AFP-GLAC has a responsibility to not only invest in the areas of equity and access, but  to be leading the charge for all fundraisers to ensure our chapter and the sector stay committed to inclusion and diversity too. The IDEA Council was created to support the IDEA Chair and Co-Chair with creating and implementing initiatives to support IDEA throughout AFP-GLAC. The Council also represents the cohesive team effort of a cadre of board members to support IDEA activities, trainings, and outreach and to eliminate racism. The Council will take a comprehensive look at the barriers to professional equity and create resources to tackle these issues. The Council will act as a sounding board for all IDEA planning and implementation, as well.

The IDEA Council will embrace the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA). Although IDEA has been an integral part of the chapter’s work for the past 2.5 years, it is now more relevant than ever. Led by Chair Lisa Baxter this year and assisted by Co-Chair Danielle Lara, the IDEA Council is composed of the following members (board executive committee) as well:

  • Mauria McPoland, President
  • Mike Driebe, President Elect
  • Yuri Casco, Immediate Past President
  • Lupita Garza, Secretary and past chair of IDEA
  • Barbara Bushnell, Treasurer
  • Yvette Herrera, VP Education and past chair of IDEA
  • Cynthia Nickell, VP Communications
  • Melanie Elliott, VP Membership
  • Jennifer Berger, VP Philanthropy & Volunteers
  • Randi Sunshine, AFP Global I.D.E.A. Committee Member


With Los Angeles widely recognized as one of the most diverse cities in the country, the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of AFP (GLAC) celebrates and supports diversity in both fundraising and philanthropic awareness. For GLAC, diversity encompasses gender, religion, ethnicity, age, geography, abilities, sexual orientation, professional experience and income with regard to the composition of membership, board leadership, program presenters, independent contractors and program content. We also encourage diversity with respect to the organizations we represent from large, well established institutions to small emerging nonprofits, from faith-based, private and governmental to public entities.


Diversity Tool Box
Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy
2020 AFP Resource List
How can I help my company increase workplace diversity?

Stanford Social Innovation Review

AFP GLAC is proud to have received the 2020 AFP IDEA Champion Designation. This Designation confirms our support of inclusion of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds in the profession of fundraising.

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