Common Counsel Foundation Appoints Peggy Saika As Interim CEO

The Board of Trustees of Common Counsel Foundation is thrilled to announce the appointment of Peggy Saika as Interim CEO effective November 1, 2018.

Over our 30-year history, the Common Counsel Foundation (CCF) has focused on community-oriented philanthropy by expanding resources for progressive social movements across the United States. Through our strategic philanthropic services, and in partnership with our donors and member funds, we prioritize support for community-based organizations building the grassroots leadership of low-income people, women, youth, people of color, Indigenous Peoples and others working for justice, equity, and a healthy, sustainable environment. Throughout this work we have been honored by the power, bravery and vision of our grantee partners.

It is difficult to think of a time in U.S. history when the grassroots organizing work that CCF supports has been more critical to the freedom of all people living in this country. Our dedication to resourcing this work remains steadfast. During this transition, the Board of Directors will be centering our values, engaging our partners, donors and allies, and working to build a thriving future for the organization.

With this in mind, the Board of Trustees of Common Counsel Foundation is thrilled to announce the appointment of Peggy Saika as Interim Chief Executive Officer effective November 1, 2018. 

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.

In 1986, Ms. Saika was the first Asian American appointed to the Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women. In 1994, she was appointed to the Advisory Council of the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences and to the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) where she chaired the Sub-committee on Public Participation and Accountability. In 1995, she was selected as a fellow for the Kellogg International Leadership Program. In 2008 she was awarded The LEAD (Leadership, Equity, And Diversity) Award from Women & Philanthropy, celebrating outstanding risk-takers and innovators in the philanthropic community who, through their determination and leadership, have increased funding for programs that promote gender equity and diversity.

Along with Peggy as our Interim CEO, Allistair Mallillin (Sr. Program Officer) and Jazmin Segura (Program Officer) will be anchoring the important work of Common Counsel Foundation. In addition to our core staff, CCF’s Board Transition team has contracted three individuals--C.J. Callen JD, Nikki Dinh JD, and Christen Lee JD--to bolster our capacity in overall program support and grants management. With this increased capacity, Common Counsel Foundation is entering the last quarter of the year in a strong position.

The Common Counsel Foundation Board and Staff appreciate the outpouring of support during our 2018 transitions. We will continue to explore and expand our vision for the next evolution of Common Counsel Foundation and look forward to the future.

You can reach Peggy at peggy@commoncounsel.org.