Collective Impact Learning Session

Join us for an engaging discussion on Zoom about collective impact in Redwood City in North Fair Oaks.

Collective impact is having a common agenda, shared measurement systems, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication and backbone support to help produce alignment and results.

In this virtual session on Zoom, we’ll connect with inspiring and collaborative leaders:

  • Tito Alvarez  Pal Center, Youth Programs Manager
  • Lissette Espinoza-Garnica – City of Redwood City, Vice Mayor
  • Carrie DuBois – Sequoia Union High School District, Board Trustee
  • Rafael Avendaño – Redwood City Together, Executive Director

We’ll have an insightful discussion to dive deeper into how collective impact works in practice, and opportunities to join collective action work. Bring your dinner if you’d like!

Redwood City Together (RWCT) acts as a backbone organization and is the bridge between non profit organizations, government and philanthropy to meet acute needs in the community. Redwood City Together regularly practices collective impact by playing six key roles to better support the community

  • Leverage resources and funds Ex: Through the Welcoming RWC Working Group, RWCT makes a yearly contribution to the OYE Conference ( a conference focused on sharing tools/resources with the youth).
  • Research and evaluate our work Ex: Covid-19 Needs Assessment helped informed RWCT and other partners about the needs of community members during this time.
  • Spark innovation Ex: Supporting the PACE program ( a program focused on creating nontraditional programming to help the opportunity youth in the community) with strategy and fundraising
  • Convene and facilitate collaboration Ex: Manages 5 working groups and 11 initiatives with over 30 partners
  • Incubate projects Ex: Promotores program, focuses on helping youth become trusted messengers in the community by helping with weekly outreach on available social services/upcoming events in the area while paying them for their time. Also, we provide professional development trainings to help them with their leadership skills.
  • Provide community trainings Ex: RWCT provides professional development trainings for partners so that we can align activity using a common language

This event is co-hosted by Redwood City Together and the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2). Redwood City Together is an SV2 Grantee Partner (Community Initiative).

Tito Alvarez

Roberto Esau Álvarez, known as ‘Tito Álvarez,’ is a dedicated grassroots community organizer and the founder of CHASELOVE, a Homeless Outreach Organization. Currently, he serves as the Youth Programs Manager for RC Pal Center pioneering the Purposeful, Action Creation and Engagement Program (PACE) which is a city collaborative initiative that focuses on developing long-term programs and strategies to frame more sustainable, equitable, and effective system of after-school enrichment activities, work learning development, mentorships and events for transition-aged underserved youth in Redwood City and North Fair Oaks.

Lissette Espinoza-Garnica

Councilmember for Redwood City district 3, first non-binary councilmember elected in the Bay Area. Skilled in public speaking, policy-making, grassroots campaigning, as well as digital publishing, and research. Strong community and social services professional with a Bachelor’s degree focused in English and professional writing from Santa Clara University. Experienced Care Provider with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry.

Carrie DuBois

Carrie Du Bois has been an elected school board member for 18 years. She served for 6 years on the San Carlos School Board and 12 years on the Sequoia Union High School District Board. She also serves on several non- profit boards in our community.

Rafael Avendaño

Rafael has over a decade of experience in nonprofit management and has served on councils and boards for the past 8 years. As RWCT Executive Director, Rafael is looking forward to leading a common community agenda to best support schools, the community, and the overall Redwood City and North Fair Oaks social development ecosystem.


This session will be held in virtual format via Zoom. The meeting access info will be sent via Eventbrite confirmation emails. To access the meeting info, Eventbrite will require you to log in or create an account if you don’t already have one.

You will receive confirmation emails from Eventbrite 48 hours before the event, 2 hours before the event, and as the event begins. In any of these confirmation emails, click the orange “View the event” box. This will take you to a screen with an orange “Join now” button. Click on the button. This will take you to Zoom and you can follow the Zoom prompts to join the session.

If you have additional questions or have difficulties joining the meeting, please contact Amy Badiani (