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 philanthropic services for Common Counsel’s clients, supports donors in aligning their philanthropic practices with social justice grantmaking, and bridges relationships in the philanthropic field. He previously served as the Membership & Communications Manager for Justice Funders, based in Oakland, CA.
Before relocating to Oakland in 2016, Allistair was Executive Director for Asian American Resource Workshop, which activated Asian American communities to participate in social change efforts. He also served as Associate Director of Programs and Services at Philanthropy Massachusetts, coordinating affinity groups for funders and directing capacity building programs and initiatives for nonprofit organizations. Allistair has a decade of experience in the philanthropic and nonprofit field, serving in grantmaking roles for Haymarket People’s Fund, New England Foundation for the Arts, Saffron Circle Giving Circle, Access Strategies Fund, and Funding Exchange. Allistair is active in his community, serving as Vice Chair of the Board for Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Board Member for Filipino Advocates for Justice, and participating in a working group in the local Resource Generation chapter. He serves as Co-Chair of the Integrated Rural Strategies Group at Neighborhood Funders Group as well as of the Local Engagement Chapter of 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.
Joshua Delfin has been in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years and comes to Common Counsel Foundation with a depth of experience with diverse and intersectional social justice initiatives. He has held positions at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, The San Francisco Foundation, and The Greenlining Institute, where he worked with emerging leaders of color to cultivate their personal and professional development.
Joshua brings grantmaking experience from his time at The San Francisco Foundation where he focused on early childhood education, full-service community schools, and equity-focused educational programs. He re-evaluated the LGBT fund to ensure it was reflective of the Bay Area’s cultural diversity and racial demographics. He has also had the honor of working with the Chicana/Latina Foundation and Horizons Foundation, the first community foundation for LGBTQ people.
Most recently, he was at UCSF’s HEAL (Health, Equity, Action, Leadership) Initiative, a global health fellowship that trains health professionals who are committed to transforming resource denied communities. At the start of the Covid-19 Joshua supported UCSF’s commitment to send additional health care workers to Navajo Nation, a community that was disproportionally impacted by the pandemic.
He is currently on the board of Somos Familia, an Oakland-based LGBT organization that builds leadership in Latina/o/x families and communities. Joshua received his M.A. degree from San Francisco State University in Education: Social Justice and Equity. He grew up in Southern California and has called the Bay Area home for the last 13 years.
As the inaugural Grants Manager for Common Counsel Foundation, Christen works to strengthen and update CCF’s grantmaking systems and processes at the intersection of grants management, finance, legal compliance, and programs. She also manages the Grassroots Exchange Fund and Still We Rise Fund responsive grantmaking portfolios. Her previous experiences include program consulting for Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy’s National Network Convenings and Leadership Retreats, Deputy Director at Asian Immigrant Women Advocates to support the leadership development, self-organizing and self-advocacy capacity of first-generation and language-isolated grassroots leaders, and Director of Legal Education with The Sustainable Economies Law Center. Christen has served on the boards of Asian Immigrant Women Advocates and the East Bay affiliate of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies and is a former co-chair for the AAPIP San Francisco Bay Area chapter. She currently serves on the Community Grants Committee of the Korean American Community Foundation of San Francisco. She has a personal interest in understanding how language-based discrimination supports and legitimizes structural racism, and the potential role that de-centering "standard"/"race-neutral" English can play in supporting truly grassroots-driven movements and cross-racial collective power.
Originally from San Diego by way of Guam, Christen is also a former attorney for nonprofits and cooperatives with a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law and a B.A. in History from Yale University. Christen enjoys language study, trivia, and budget-friendly travel. In 2012, Christen walked 450 miles across northern Spain with one backpack containing a sleeping bag, rain jacket, and one change of clothes.