The James Irvine Foundation recently announced the appointment of Dr. Paulette Brown-Hinds to the foundation’s Board of Directors.
Brown-Hinds and Eliseo Medina of Los Angeles, a renowned labor organizer and former International Executive Vice President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), were appointed to the board as the foundation launches two initiatives to expand economic and political opportunity for working Californians who are struggling with poverty. The initiatives will focus on advancing better careers and fair work for low-income individuals.
Dr. Brown-Hinds is the founder of Voice Media Ventures, a multi-media company focused on weekly news publications, film, and new media content. Voice Media Ventures is also a strategic communications firm that specializes in community outreach and engagement. She is also a board member of The Community Foundation, which works to strengthen Inland Southern California through philanthropy. Brown-Hinds is an expert on ethnic media and has published several scholarly articles on 20th century Black women writers.
“I am excited to join Irvine’s board at this time, when there is so much to be done to give all the people of California hope for a better future for themselves and their children,” Brown-Hinds said.
When the appointments were announced, Lydia Villarreal, Chair of the James Irvine Foundation Board of Directors, said “Eliseo and Paulette are impressive community leaders and experts in their fields. I’m thrilled to welcome them to our board.” She added, “We will benefit greatly from their depth of knowledge and from their deep commitment to the people of California.”
According to the foundation, its work is focused on, “Californians who are working but struggling with poverty, specifically expanding economic and political opportunity for families and young adults.” To this end, the foundation explores ways to remove the systemic barriers that make it difficult for far too many residents in the state to achieve financial stability and political influence.
Brown-Hinds and Medina were appointed to four-year terms, with the opportunity for up to two additional terms.
The Irvine Foundation is governed by an independent Board of Directors, which is responsible for ensuring the Foundation manages its finances, operations, and grant-making programs to advance its mission and goals.