Common Counsel Foundation Staff
Ms. Saika was the President/Executive Director of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) from 2002 to 2015. Prior to that she was the founding executive director of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network and from 1983 to 1991 the executive director of the Asian Law Caucus. She is a co-founder of the Asian Women's Shelter, Asians/Pacific Islanders for Choice, the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium and the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum. She has served on the board of numerous organizations including Equal Rights Advocates, Progressive Assets Management, and the Alston/Bannerman National Fellowship Program.
Ms. Saika is a past chairperson of the Board of Directors of The California Wellness Foundation and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the New World Foundation. She has also served on the Board of Trustees of The San Francisco Foundation, Ms. Foundation for Women, United Way of the Bay Area, Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, National Network of Grantmakers, and the Council on Foundations. At the present time, she is a Board member of the Patrick & Lily Okura Foundation and Green 2.0.
As Senior Program Officer at Common Counsel Foundation, Allistair directs foundation services and philanthropic advising for member funds, supports donors in aligning their philanthropic practices with social justice and equity grantmaking, and bridges relationships with other funders and allies in the philanthropic field. Previously, Allistair served as the Membership & Communications Manager for Justice Funders. Prior to that, he lived in Boston where he held positions in the nonprofit and philanthropic fields. As Executive Director for Asian American Resource Workshop, he set up systems and processes, built up sizable reserves, and tripled the organization’s budget during his tenure. In the role of Associated Director of Programs and Services at Associated Grant Makers, he coordinated funder affinity groups, directed programs to increase fundraising capacity within nonprofits, and leveraged relationships to bridge the nonprofit and funding community. Allistair has served on various grantmaking roles, including at Access Strategies Fund, Haymarket People’s Fund, Saffron Circle Giving Circle, and the New England Foundation for the Arts. He also has served on several nonprofit boards, and currently serves as Secretary of the Board for Asian Pacific Environmental Network. Allistair is a Steering Committee member for AAPIP-Bay Area, and is the Chair of the Bay Area’s Local Engagement Group for Exponent Philanthropy. He originally hails from Towson, MD, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health and Biology from Tufts University.
Jazmin Segura brings over twelve years of experience in immigrant rights and social justice movements in the non-profit and philanthropic sectors. She has a passion for racial and social justice and a deep commitment to grassroots organizing, advocacy, and movement building to bring about systemic change for low-income, immigrants and communities of color. Most recently, Jazmin worked at The San Francisco Foundation (TSFF) where she developed and launched the foundation’s first Rapid Response Fund for Movement Building, providing timely resources to grassroots organizations that are on the front lines of organizing around issues of racial and economic justice in the Bay Area. Jazmin worked across the Foundation’s departments including the Development and Donor Services team to increase resources for immigrant and youth-led grassroots organizations.
Prior to her work at the Foundation, Jazmin was the Policy Manager at Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC). Under her direction, E4FC developed its first advocacy platform and created a leadership team of undocumented youth who led a successful statewide policy campaign to make career licenses accessible to all Californians regardless of immigration status. She also worked as a Policy Advocate at Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN) where she co-led a diverse coalition of immigrant rights, criminal justice, and faith-based groups to pass one of the most progressive immigration detainer policies in the nation which later became a catalyst for the California Trust Act.
Jazmin’s commitment to building community power is inspired by her family’s immigration journey to the United States. She was born in Mexico City and migrated to the United States at the age of nine to be reunited with her father. She grew up in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles and graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a Bachelor of Art’s Degree in Political Economy. Currently, she sits on the Board of Directors for the Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley and is a former commissioner for the Human Relations Commission of Santa Clara County.
Luke has over a decade of experience in philanthropy, nonprofit, and social justice work. His grantmaking portfolios span a wide range of issue areas, with a focus on advocacy and civic engagement, immigrant rights, racial equity, environmental health, and expanding economic opportunity for low-income families. Luke has presented briefings and workshops at numerous philanthropic conferences, from Northern California Grantmakers to the national conferences of the Funders Committee on Civic Participation, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Neighborhood Funders Group and the Environmental Grantmakers Association. He was Co-Chair for the California Immigrant Integration Initiative, a statewide funder table working to advance the civic and economic integration of immigrants by strengthening the immigrant integration infrastructure in communities across the state. Luke has also served on the Program Committee of the Working Group on Labor and Community Partnerships, and the Steering Committee of the Bay Area Justice Funders Network. Luke began his philanthropic advising work as a consultant coordinating the establishment and operation of the Fund for Indigenous Rights and the Environment. Prior to joining the staff of Common Counsel in 2007, Luke served as the Events and Scholarships Coordinator in the Division of Graduate Studies at San Francisco State University, and coordinated the launch of the University’s Institute for Civic and Community Engagement. He has also participated in extensive volunteer work to support equity and justice. Luke has avid personal interests in gardening, music and songwriting, handcrafts such as pottery and lutherie, and spending time out-of-doors.