May 15 2019

LOS ANGELES (May 15, 2019) –  The California Endowment today announced the election of Shawn Ginwright, PhD, a leading national expert on African American youth, youth activism, and youth development, as the private, statewide foundation’s board chair. Also elected as vice chair is Bishop Minerva Carcaño, Sacramento-based Bishop for the United Methodist Church (UMC), California-Nevada Conference, with expertise in theology, social justice, immigration, youth issues, advocacy and race relations.

“Both Shawn and Bishop Minerva are attuned to the challenges and opportunities to improve the health and well-being of diverse, underserved communities” said Robert K. Ross, M.D., president & CEO, The California Endowment. “We are very fortunate to have these two compassionate and accomplished individuals to help lead us as we move forward in our effort to achieve racial equity in health in California.”

Board Chair Shawn Ginwright, PHD, serves as the CEO and Co-Founder of Flourish Agenda, a social impact company that supports schools and community organizations with building well-being and healthy school climates. He is a Senior Research Associate at the Cesar Chavez Institute for Public Policy in San Francisco, CA and Professor of Education in the Africana Studies Department at San Francisco State University. Dr. Ginwright currently also serves on the Board of Directors at Confluence Philanthropy.

He has received numerous prestigious awards including a Fulbright Scholarship from the U.S. State Department. In 2017, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco’s premier arts institution, named him as one of the nation’s 100 Most Influential Thought Leaders for shaping the future of America by “promoting radical healing, hope, and imagination.” He has spoken to audiences at Carnegie Hall, the Aspen Institute, Harvard University, Columbia University, and brings a renewed urgency to support American’s young people.

He is the author of “Hope and Healing in Urban Education: How Activists and Teachers are Reclaiming Matters of the Heart”, “Black in School- Afrocentric Reform, Black Youth and the Promise of Hip-Hop Culture”, and co-editor of “Beyond Resistance!: Youth Resistance and Community Change: New Democratic Possibilities for Practice and Policy for America’s Youth” and “Black Youth Rising, Activism and Radical Healing in Urban America”. He is a highly sought speaker to national and international audiences.

A resident of Oakland, Ginwright received his Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley. His research examines the ways in which youth in urban communities navigate through the constraints of poverty and struggle to create equality and justice in their schools and communities.

Bishop Carcaño serves on several nonprofit boards, including the Council on Foreign Relations Religious Advisory Committee, the Southwest Industrial Education Fund Advisory Board, the Africa University Board of Trustees, and the General Council on Finance and Administration of the world-wide United Methodist Church.   While serving as the bishop of the Los Angeles Area of The United Methodist Church she was an active member of the Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders.

She is an internationally recognized immigrant rights advocate and an Auburn Senior Fellow.  She has published articles on the rights of migrants in the Huffington Post and The Hill and has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.  Carcaño has also long been an advocate for the full rights and inclusion of LGBTQIA+ persons joining her efforts to the work of such organizations as the Human Rights Campaign.  She also collaborates with the work of the Children’s Defense Fund.

A resident of Sacramento, Bishop Carcaño earned her Masters of Theology from Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology who has recognized her with its Distinguished Alumna Award.   Claremont School of Theology granted her an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree for her work and teachings on social justice.  She has been honored with the New Mexico Council of Churches Turquoise Award, Order of the Sisters of Loretto’s Mary Rhodes Award, Auburn School of Theology’s Lives of Commitment Award, the Arizona Interfaith Movement’s Golden Rule Religious Award, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles’ Women Leading Change Award, and the Leadership Award of the Los Angeles United Methodist Museum of Social Justice.  A water station in the Sonoran Desert bearing Bishop Carcaño’s name was placed there by the Humane Borders organization in recognition of her efforts to save the lives of immigrants crossing this often treacherous land seeking life and hope.

The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, The Endowment has regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state. The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people’s health. The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. For more information, visit The Endowment’s Web site at


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