As the saying goes: good things come in threes. That is certainly the case for John Burton Advocates for Youth (JBAY) with the recent addition of three exciting new board members: Don Moulds, Eve Maldonado O’Toole and Mona Pasquil Rogers.
Don joins the JBAY board with more than 20 years of strategic leadership in government and health policy at both the state and federal levels. He is currently the CalPERS chief health director, where he oversees a range of functions including policy and research. Prior to CalPERS, Don was vice president of The Commonwealth Fund after serving at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the California State Senate.
Eve is a lobbyist with the D.C. based firm Holland & Knight. In this role, she works on a range of policy issues, including many that are high priorities for JBAY: housing and homelessness, health and human services and education. Eve also serves on the board of Voto Latino and the California State Society.
Mona brings a wealth of experience from the public and private sectors. She was the first woman, Filipina, and person of Pacific Islander heritage to hold the office of Lieutenant Governor for the State of California. Mona has also worked on the national level for the campaigns of both John Kerry and Hilary Clinton and currently serves as the head of public policy for Meta.
Each of these new JBAY board members are critical to ensure that JBAY navigates its way successfully into the future, according to Executive Director Amy Lemley.
“JBAY is at an important junction. We need strong leaders like Don, Eve and Mona to ensure we remain a strong organization with its finger on the pulse of California. That’s the only way we can continue to achieve significant policy improvements for youth who have been in foster care or experience homelessness.”
Board president John Garcia agrees. “There is no doubt that Don, Eve and Mona all bring incredible experience and valued knowledge, but they also bring a deep commitment to serving the greater good of people and our community.”
According to Lemley, JBAY will draw on this expertise this fall when it engages in the development of a new strategic plan. JBAY’s current plan ends on June 30th.
“The timing for Don, Eve and Mona joining the board is great. Our last strategic plan took us through the pandemic and ends June 30th. It was an intense and productive three years. Now we need to look ahead and map out a future that ensures JBAY can continue to protect and support youth who have been in foster care or homeless in California. Fortunately we have a great team of staff, board and supporters to help us make that plan.”