Announcing A New Program Officer

Welcoming Jazmin Segura + Supporting Movement Efforts

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Welcome Jazmin Segura, Program Officer

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Jazmin Segura as Program Officer at Common Counsel Foundation. Jazmin starts October 9th. Please join us in welcoming her.

Jazmin Segura brings over twelve years of experience in immigrant rights organizing and social justice movements, and experience in both 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 win systemic change for low-income people, immigrants, and communities of color. Most recently, Jazmin worked at The San Francisco Foundation 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 across the Bay Area. Jazmin worked across the Foundation’s departments including with the development and donor services teams to increase support for immigrant and youth-led grassroots groups.

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 The Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN) where she co-led a diverse coalition of immigrant rights, criminal justice, and faith-based groups, which won one of the most progressive immigration detainer policies in the nation, a policy that served as 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 the Boyle Heights neighborhood of 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.

Windcall Sustains Social Movement Leaders

Windcall Institute, a fiscally sponsored project of Common Counsel Foundation, is dedicated to developing transformative learning and resilient leadership among community and labor organizers engaged in social justice for low-income people and communities of color. Windcall's flagship, three-week residencies and one-week Mindful Breather programs cultivate spaciousness for self-exploration utilizing transformative healing practices and reflection as part of the organizing praxis. Windcall’s newest offering, Staying Power, provides an ongoing practice and learning opportunity that is rooted in the nine transformative elements Windcall has determined are key to resilience and sustainability. The leaders fronting today’s movements are looking for healing in order to sustain for the long-haul in the face of political, social, and economic trauma.

Support Grassroots Climate Disaster Recovery

Communities across the world are suffering immediate and future damages from the recent spate of intense storms that reflect the dire forecast about which climate scientists and climate justice organizers have warned. Many Common Counsel supporters and partners have asked how to move support to communities on the frontlines of these disasters in a way that builds capacity that will remain on the ground for the long-term. Here are some recommendations:

In addition to these resources, It Takes Roots Alliance has published a Grassroots Hurricane Recovery page with a list of grassroots relief efforts in Miami, Houston, Puerto Rico, and Haiti.