About Us

Our Values

We believe nonprofits working in communities of color can and should utilize the resources within that community to create an enterprising, sustainable infrastructure.

We work across sectors by partnering with foundations, nonprofits, and government to share knowledge in order to achieve the greatest social impact in the communities we serve.

Although we do not believe in reinventing the wheel, we at Social Action Partners value change – as society changes, so must our methods.

Effort without results is not enough. We are driven by challenge, have high standards and take accountability seriously.

By listening to our partners, we learn, we change, and become better at what we do.

Board Members

  • Amelia Dupré Williamson, Chair
  • President, AWA Consultants
  • Lilian Paola Coral, Vice Chair
  • Deputy Chief Data Officer, City of Los Angeles
  • Nina Lieberman, Treasurer
  • Executive Director, Friends of Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer
  • Rachel McCallister, Secretary
  • Chairman, MPRM Communications
  • Shani Carty-Angus
  • Environmental, Health & Safety Engineer, Toyota Motor Sales
  • Grant Garrison
  • Director, GOODCorps.
  • Jonathan “Mac” Macaranas
  • Corporate & Private Philanthropy Professional
  • Effie Turnbull Sanders
  • Assistant General Counsel, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Ryan Smith
  • Executive Director, The Education Trust – West

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Frances “Fran” Jemmott is a leader and change agent for social justice. Her work has focused on reducing health disparities and social determinants of health as a donor, grantmaker, board member, executive director, policy advisor and volunteer. Before founding the Jemmott Rollins Group in 2002, she served as Program Director for Community and Women’s Health at The California Wellness Foundation. For 12 years, she served on the Board of Directors of the Liberty Hill Foundation on key committees including strategic planning, board development, and Uplifting Change – their signature effort to generate and direct funds for social justice issues in communities of color. She also founded the California Black Women’s Health Project in 1994 along with other pioneers for women’s health advocacy. As Founder and CEO of the Jemmott Rollins Group, Ms Jemmott leads the firm’s work in strategic planning, fund development and program planning. She serves as a thought partner to private and corporate companies, as well as community foundations, to improve organizational effectiveness through greater cultural awareness, competence and sensitivity. Fran lives in South Los Angeles with her spouse and partner, Bernard Rollins. Together they are actively involved in civic activities, but are most proud of their involvement and commitment to the educational success and strong cultural identity of their six grandchildren– “it takes a village to raise a child.” Email franjemmott@socialactionpartners.org

Shawnie Dockery is the Deputy Director. Her work experience varies across areas in the nonprofit sector including youth, education, healthcare, and philanthropy. Previously, Ms. Dockery worked in fund development and program management at a community clinic While there she heled develop policy, procedures, and evaluation systems for a Los Angeles Department of Mental Health Integrated Service Management Program. Additionally, she has experience in philanthropy, where she researched and analyzed issues related to philanthropy, health, and transition age youth. Shawnie earned a MA in Nonprofit Management from Antioch University and enjoys helping non-profits and their boards improve capacity.

Ebony Jones is the Senior Program Associate for Social Action Partners. Prior to her position at JRG, Ebony worked as a Service Coordinator for the Coalition for Responsible Community Development in South Los Angeles where she started as a Youth Advocate and was promoted to increased levels of responsibility in career placement and resident service coordinator. Ebony received both masters and bachelor degrees in Sociology from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She fell in love with nonprofit work and community engagement while growing up in Compton, California where her passion flourished for social justice and social change.

Salih Muhammad is the Program Associate for Social Action Partners. Salih received his bachelors in _____ from University of California Berkley, where he excelled as a community leader helping to restart the Black student Union, which he would chair for nearly 2 years. As chair of UC Berkeley’s Black Student Union, he made numerous political and social achievements for Black students including hosting the Afrikan Black Coalition Conference – the largest Black Student conference in California, where he also serves as executive director. Additionally, Salih served as chair CalSERVE, a multicultural coalition that seeks to empower students of color through access to student government as well as grassroots organizing. Salih brings a wealth of knowledge in community organizing, public speaking, and program design