CCF Welcomes New Program Officer

Common Counsel Foundation (CCF) is pleased to announce that Alex Saingchin will serve as Program Officer beginning July 21, 2014.

d307746-2Saingchin comes to CCF from The San Francisco Foundation, where he served as the public policy and civic engagement fellow. During his time at the San Francisco Foundation, Saingchin supported its immigrant integration and public policy grantmaking, as well as seeded support for coalitions of environmental groups seeking to leverage California’s groundbreaking climate change law to promote thriving communities with good clean jobs, affordable housing, and access to public transportation – particularly in those communities that were most negatively impacted by dirty industry.

For nearly 15 years, he has played varying roles as an organizer, community lawyer, and policy advocate in the New York and New Jersey area.  In the wake of 9/11, for example, Saingchin co-designed a $1.15 million relief program at the Asian American Federation.  His community organizing and policy advocacy experience includes work with the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York, the New York City AIDS Housing Network (now known as VOCAL-NY), and the Urban Justice Center.

As a community lawyer, Saingchin served as New Jersey director for the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, overseeing its organizing campaigns for immigrants’ rights in the state.  Most recently, Saingchin served as a public defender in New Jersey, and as chief of staff to Councilman-at-Large Rolando R. Lavarro, Jr. in Jersey City. Saingchin received his business degree from the State University of New York at Albany, and his Juris Doctor from the Rutgers School of Law, Newark.

Saingchin brings this wealth of experience, along with a deep commitment to social justice, to his position at Common Counsel Foundation. Upon accepting the position Saingchin stated, “I’m excited to join an organization that is focused on moving resources to member-led, community-based organizations in low-income and people of color communities that empower their constituents through leadership development and skills acquisition to seek progressive policy change.”

Common Counsel Foundation advances equity and environmental health through a combination of direct grant making and strategic philanthropic advising for client member funds and manages projects focused on organizational development, leadership sustainability and donor education.