The California Community Foundation’s Board of Directors works closely with our senior staff to ensure that the foundation's assets, funds and community involvement are managed effectively. Together they serve the diverse communities of Los Angeles, providing extraordinary leadership and expertise, offering a broad range of informed perspectives and demonstrating a passion for the issues affecting Los Angeles. Their experience and vision help CCF to fulfill its mission and maintain its long-standing tradition of excellence in governance, stability and fiduciary responsibility.

Antonia Hernández

President & Chief Executive Officer
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Nationally recognized for her commitment toward the betterment of underserved communities in Los Angeles and beyond, Antonia Hernández joined the California Community Foundation as president and chief executive officer in 2004.


Established in 1915, the California Community Foundation is one of the largest and most active philanthropic organizations in Southern California, with assets of more than $1.4 billion. In partnership with its nearly 1,600 individual, family and corporate donors, the foundation supports nonprofit organizations and public institutions with funds for health and human services, affordable housing, early childhood education, community arts and culture and other areas of need.


Previously, Ms. Hernández was president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), a national nonprofit litigation and advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the civil rights of the nation’s Latinos through the legal system, community education, and research and policy initiatives.


An expert in philanthropy, civil rights and immigration issues, Ms. Hernández began her legal career as a staff attorney with the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice and worked as counsel to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary before joining MALDEF in 1981 as regional counsel in Washington, D.C.


Ms. Hernández is a member of the boards of directors of the national American Automobile Association, the Automobile Club of Southern California, Council on Foundations, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Grameen America and Blue Shield of California Foundation. She currently serves on the Commission on Presidential Debates, the Los Angeles 2020 Commission, the JFK Library Foundation Profile in Courage Award Committee and the UCLA Board of Advisors, among others. She is a frequent public speaker and has been awarded a number of honorary degrees and awards.


Ms. Hernández is a member of the State Bar of California, District of Columbia Bar, American Bar Association and the Mexican American Bar Association of Los Angeles and a is fellow of the American Law Institute. Ms. Hernández earned her B.A. in history at UCLA in 1970 and J.D. at the UCLA School of Law in 1974.

John E. Kobara

John E. Kobara

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
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John E. Kobara is a respected figure nationally in the philanthropic and nonprofit communities.  As chief operating officer of CCF, he is responsible for all of the development, marketing, administrative, grantmaking, civic engagement and donor relations functions of the foundation.

He joined the foundation in 2008 to head the external and donor relations department.  From 2003-2008, he was on the foundation’s board of directors while serving as head of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles.

For 35 years, Kobara has been leading and managing innovative nonprofit organizations, companies and technology startups, and actively involved in advancing social justice by increasing access to educational opportunities in Los Angeles.

In 2007, Kobara received the City of Angels Award for his service on behalf of children and families. He was a Coro Fellow in Los Angeles and earned a bachelor's from UCLA, a master's in business administration from USC and a master's from Occidental College.

Steve Cobb

Steven J. Cobb

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
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Steve Cobb oversees the foundation's investment management, financial reporting and cash management activities.

Before joining CCF in 1998, Cobb was the chief financial officer for the Milken Family Foundation, a leading Southern California private foundation, and the Weingart Center, a comprehensive health and human services complex in Los Angeles's Skid Row.  He was also an auditor with Ernst & Young and an assistant controller for the Ticor Title Insurance Company of California.

Cobb is a certified public accountant and a graduate of The UCLA Anderson School of Management, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and Ventura College. He is a past recipient of the Los Angeles Business Journal Nonprofit CFO of the Year award. Cobb currently serves on the board of Community Partners and has been an adjunct professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.

Nichole Baker

Nichole Baker

Vice President, Development & Donor Relations
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Nichole Baker provides strategic leadership at CCF in all aspects of asset development, client acquisition and donor relations.

Prior to joining CCF, Baker served as senior director of philanthropic services at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena where she was responsible for gift planning and donor relations, in addition to providing strategic leadership to the development and marketing departments of the Institute as a member of the management team. Before Caltech, Baker worked for a decade in the financial planning community, providing tax and estate advice, as well as investment management services to high net worth individuals and businesses.

Baker received her bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California and master's in business administration at Claremont Graduate University's Drucker School of Management. She is a member of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning and the Rotary Club of Los Angeles. Baker is also a former board member and officer of Florence Crittenton Center and a board member of the Knudsen Foundation.

Carol Bradford

Carol Bradford

Senior Counsel and Charitable Advisor
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Carol Bradford serves in multiple capacities at CCF. She is senior counsel on charitable gifting and grantmaking issues, develops and advances relationships with professional advisors and other wealth managers and facilitates the acceptance of complex charitable gifts by the Foundation.

Before her move to the nonprofit sector in 2001, Bradford practiced law in Los Angeles with an emphasis in banking, employment and qualified benefit plan litigation.  Bradford is active in the legal profession as a member of the Business Law Section of the State Bar, where she serves as the Chair of the Nonprofit Organizations Standing Committee. She is an active member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, where she has recently joined the Executive Committee of the Corporate Law Department section and is the past chair of the Tax Exempt Organizations section. Bradford is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Woodland Hills Tax & Estate Planning Council. She is a frequent speaker on legal and tax issues surrounding complex charitable gifting and grantmaking as well as on the business of community foundations. 


In October 2013, the Los Angeles Business Journal recognized Carol with the award for Outstanding Corporate Counsel, Nonprofit Organizations. Please click here to read more. In 2014, Broads Circle recognized her as a "Top Woman of Influence in Los Angeles" as a general counsel.

Bradford earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fullerton and her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School.  A professional singer, she is a voting member of the Recording Academy (Grammy®).

Efrain Escobedo

Efrain Escobedo

Vice President of Civic Engagement and Public Policy
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Efrain Escobedo is the vice president in charge of civic engagement, multisector collaboration and public policy at California Community Foundation, responsible for promoting collaboration and advocacy efforts across the nonprofit, public and private sectors to address community problems. Escobedo is recognized nationally and locally as an active leader and expert in Latino civic engagement and elections policy. He has worked extensively with academia, civic and community organizations, as well as with elected officials in developing research, strategies and program to increase voter participation.


Prior to joining CCF, Escobedo was the manager of governmental and legislative affairs for the Registrar of Voters in Los Angeles County, the largest election jurisdiction in the nation with more than 4.5 million registered voters. There, he worked with elected officials to enact numerous initiatives aimed at making the voting process easier for Angelenos, including the electronic delivery of sample ballots and the authorization of online voter registration. Escobedo also served as senior director of civic engagement for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, where he led the development of innovative voter contact strategies and technologies that have helped to engage more than one million young, newly registered and infrequent Latino voters across the country. Escobedo earned his bachelor’s degree in American studies and ethnicity from the University of Southern California and is a recent graduate of the Los Angeles County Executive Leadership Program.

Nike Irvin

Vice President, Programs
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Nike Irvin provides strategic leadership in priority program areas for the community foundation such as arts, education, health, and transition aged youth.  She also manages special initiatives such as the El Monte Community Building Initiative, the Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund, Preparing Achievers for Tomorrow and BLOOM (Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men). 

Before joining CCF, Irvin served as president of the Riordan Foundation for seven years and as a consultant and coach for nonprofits and foundations.  She also has more than 20 years of experience in both nonprofit leadership and consulting to numerous nonprofit organizations, foundations and charitable arms of for-profit companies and organizations.

A native of Los Angeles, Irvin serves on several boards of directors and is a trustee for regional and national organizations such as The Riordan Foundation and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Irvin is a graduate of Yale University and was also named one of the “100 Most Inspirational Alumni” by the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where she is an active alumna volunteer.  She has received numerous fellowships, including the Henry Crown Fellowship, the Marshall Memorial Fellowship and the Next Generation Fellowship of the American Assembly.

Ann Sewill

Ann Sewill

Vice President, Housing and Economic Opportunity
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Ann Sewill oversees all activities of CCF's Housing and Economic Opportunity Program to increase economic opportunity and permanent, affordable housing to stabilize communities throughout Los Angeles County.

Before joining CCF in June 2006, Sewill was vice president and California director of Enterprise Community Partners; assistant general manager of the Los Angeles Housing Department; the executive director of the Los Angeles Community Design Center; and the housing director for the City of Santa Monica. She also worked with the Los Angeles offices of the California Department of Housing and Community Development and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Sewill recently served on the board of directors of the Los Angeles branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and is the immediate past chair of the Affordable Housing Advisory Council of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco.  She has also chaired the Affordable Housing Advisory Council of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, and served  on the California Department of Housing and Community Development's Loan and Grant Committee and on the board of directors of the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing.

Sewill earned her bachelor's degree in political science - public administration from University of California, Davis and her master's degree from UCLA’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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